While we can point out some, research says cats have close to 300 facial expressions.
We’ve learned to notice when a cat is noticeably angry, but what about the many other expressions your cat makes.
Researchers studied the facial muscle movements in over 50 cats recorded at a cat cafe in Los Angeles.
The face as we know, is widely used to assess emotional expression.
They reviewed hours of recorded video for almost a year, studying both male and female cat expressions.
The study showed that these cats displayed 276 facial expressions, showing their emotions.
From welcoming other cats to the cafe, to playfulness, anger, being uncomfortable, and more.
Researcher Brittany Florkiewicz told The Washington Post that the findings show that cats are more articulate and affectionate than previously thought.
The study Feline Faces was published in the journal Behavioural Processes in October.
In their conclusion they found that domestic cats “display numerous affiliative behaviors that are crucial for managing social bonds.”
Though true cat lovers know there are common ways a cat communicates.
It can be a twitch of a tail, ears, moving their whiskers, or sometimes the most demanding meow.
Ultimate Pet Nutrition talks about some of the common ways that cats communicate with their owners, and how to read them.
It seems cats have alot of personality, and we’re finding out more and more, they are just as expressive as dogs.
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