Scientists Confirm You Can Communicate With Your Cat By Blinking Your Eyes

We often hear that cats are cold, and that it is difficult to interact with them. But according to a study published in Scientific Reports, it is quite possible to communicate with these little felines, and even to smile at them. For that, we must, not show them our teeth, but squint our eyes and blink them slowly.

According to scientists, these simple little gestures make cats – whether you know them or not – more receptive and friendly.

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The smile of cats

Also know that when your cat has his eyes half-closed, and he blinks them, this is likened to a smile.

“As someone who has both studied animal behavior and is a cat owner myself, it’s great to be able to show that cats and humans can communicate in this way, explained psychologist Karen McComb of the University of Sussex. It’s something that many cat owners had already suspected, so it’s exciting to have found evidence.”

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Different experiments with different cats have shown that they are more likely to slowly blink at humans after humans blink slowly at them, compared to the no-interaction condition. When reaching for them, cats are also more likely to approach them if the human has previously blinked.

“It’s something you can try yourself with your own cat at home, or with cats you meet on the street. It’s a great way to strengthen the bond you have with cats. Try to look at them as you would when you smile in a relaxed manner, then close your eyes for a few seconds. You will find that they themselves respond in the same way and you can strike up some kind of conversation”concludes the scientist.

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