Are you a cat whisperer? A few special people can read feline expressions.
In a recent survey, those adept at understanding cat cues were mostly young and female—but surprisingly, they didn't necessarily own a cat.
Whenever the cat sitter texts Georgia Mason and her husband photos of Sylvie and Luke, their two brown tabbies, “we usually agree if our cats are looking cheerful or grumpy or anxious,” she says.
Now, a new study led by Mason, a behavioral biologist at the University of Guelph in Canada, shows that people who can consistently decode feline expressions belong to a special clan: That of the cat whisperer.
For the research, Mason and colleagues created an online survey and invited internet users (aka, the cat’s biggest fan club) to take part. The 6,329 participants from 85 countries watched between two to 20 short videos of cat expressions, and then responded if they thought the felines were distressed or