Cats and cats are very cute creatures, but they rarely make contact with people. Sometimes it seems that they live only in order to eat well, sleep well and ruin furniture. Many studies have shown that these furry creatures, despite all their arrogance, have a strong bond with their owners. They communicate with people using facial expressions and each person should learn to understand them. Many researchers are sure that if a cat or a cat looks at a person squinting and blinking slowly, then they like everything and they feel safe. But what happens if you start talking to them in their own language? For example, sit in front of them, look them in the eyes with a relaxed gaze and blink slowly? In the course of a scientific experiment, it was proved that in this way you can establish close contact with animals and really make friends with them. But let’s take a closer look at the essence of the study and its results.
How do cats smile?
How anyone can establish contact, even with an unfamiliar cat or cat, was described in the scientific journal Science Alert. People smile to show each other a friendly attitude. With the help of a smile with animals, you can also build trust, only cats and cats do not understand the “human” smile with bared teeth. For them, a smile is slightly narrowed eyes and a slow blink. The owners of these furry creatures must have noticed that they sometimes look at people with half-closed eyes. According to scientists, they smile in this way and show that they like everything that happens.
How to gain the trust of a cat?
The authors of the scientific work became interested – can a person earn the trust of an animal by smiling “like a cat”? To find out, they conducted a two-part science experiment. The action took place inside the apartments in which the cats lived. It was important for the animals to feel as comfortable as possible and not stressed out in anticipation of danger.
The first part of the experiment involved 21 cats aged from several months to 16 years. The owners sat down in front of their pets at a distance of about one meter. Then, under the supervision of a psychologist and cameras, they narrowed their eyes and blinked slowly. As expected, the cats blinked at their owners in the same way. The authors of the scientific work perceived this as a success – yes, the owners can get closer to their favorites, smiling at them in a special way.
In the second part of the experiment, scientists tested whether cats can trust strangers. The study involved 24 cats ranging in age from one to 17 years. This time in front of them sat the scientists whom cats had seen for the first time. Some researchers blinked slowly, while others just sat looking away. When they held out their hands to the animals, the cats reciprocated only the researchers who “smiled” at them. Based on this, scientists have concluded that almost anyone can connect with cats.
Try to relax your eyes and narrow them slightly, and then close them for a couple of seconds. If you see that the animal reciprocates, you can start a kind of conversation, the authors of the scientific work concluded.
With all this, it should be borne in mind that cats perceive wide eyes as a threat. So it is better to always look at pets with a squint, thereby expressing goodwill. You can bulge your eyes, unless the furry creature has done something. There is a chance that, upon seeing a hostile look, a cat or cat will understand that the owner clearly did not approve of their act.
The ability to communicate with cats is a very valuable skill. Indeed, sometimes we simply do not understand the reason for their strange behavior and scold in vain. I recently wrote about why cats have a habit of running at night. All this is not without reason and ghosts have nothing to do with it. I suggest you read this material right now and find out some more interesting facts about the most common pets.