A study by researchers at a University of Canada reveals that most humans are unable to understand the facial expressions of cats.
The investigation, led by experts from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, involved 6,000 participants from 85 countries, most of whom have a cat. According to the newspaper "The Washington Post", participants were challenged to watch videos of cats and try to guess how the animal felt.
Most participants got less than 60% correct answers. Still, 13% of participants answered assertively to 75% of the questions.
"Cats are telling us a lot of things with their faces, and if we're smart, we can tell," said Georgia Mason, one of the authors of this study, a biologist at the University of Guelph. "Some people do it. This proves that cats are hard to understand but not impossible," he explained.
And in the competition between men and women, it was women who achieved the best result, and the younger population in the sample obtained better results than the older ones. A curious fact is related to the fact that veterinarians are the ones that got the best results. "They have a lot of opportunities to learn and a great motivation to do so because they are constantly making decisions," the expert justifies.
The survey did not require stakeholders to answer whether cats were happy, depressed or desperate. Through close-ups of cat faces, mostly on YouTube videos, the members of the sample had to decide whether the animals showed "negative" or "positive" expressions.