Source: WLWT5

A recent study, published in the journal Behavioural Processes, reveals that domesticated cats display 276 different facial expressions during social interactions. Conducted by U.S. scientists Lauren Scott and Brittany Florkiewicz, the study aimed to understand cat communication, particularly in the context of domestication. Contrary to expectations, the researchers observed a higher complexity in facial signaling among domestic cats compared to their wild counterparts.

The study involved observing 53 adult domestic shorthairs in a cat café, utilizing a cat Facial Action Coding System to analyze facial muscle movements. The findings indicate that domestication fosters increased social tolerance, resulting in a wide range of expressions, with 45.7% being friendly and 37% aggressive. The researchers hope to expand the study to include cats in various living conditions and conduct further research to interpret the meanings behind these expressions.

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