Development of Feline Facial Expressions

Domestication may have increased the way a cat uses nonverbal communication skills

Researchers from the University of Kansas and Lyon College studied feline facial expressions to determine what message a cat’s facial expression is trying to convey. Evolutionary psychologist Brittany Florkiewicz, PhD, who had studied facial expressions in various primates, joined with medical student Lauren Scott to record the behavior and expressions of 53 cats living in the Cat Cafe Lounge, a non-profit rescue organization in Los Angeles, to see what they could learn about how cats express themselves.

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