For some people, cats are an option as their favorite pet — soft-hairy, with cute, and most spoiled soles.
However, on the other hand, until now it is still not entirely clear how cats view humans. Some times ago, a study showed cats do not need humans to survive.
Cats who like to play alone are indeed more ‘indifferent’ than dogs that have proven to be loyal. However, that does not mean cat lovers must be discouraged.
Cats have more attention to humans than you think around this. Animals from this family Felidae know when you feel happy or sad.
Recent research provides strong evidence that cats are sensitive to human emotional gestures. This research was conducted by Moriah Galvan and Jennifer Vonk from Oakland, Rochester, Michigan University, by studying 12 cats and their respective owners. The results show cats behave contrary when their owners smile, compared to when they are sullen.
When faced with an employer who smiles, the cat wants to show a positive attitude like snoring or sitting on the owner’s lap.
Cats have opposite reactions to the facial expressions of a small and happy person. However, a different pattern is found when cats are dealing with strangers. Smiling or not, cats do not indicate changes in attitude. There are two estimates of the results of this discovery: cats can read human facial expressions, or learn these skills over time.
This is the first discovery that reveals that cats have the same capacity as dogs in recognizing human facial expressions. Previously, there was only one study that studied the skills of cats understanding human emotions. Published in January 2015, but the results were ambiguous.
This research from Galvan and Vonk shows that cats can recognize emotions better than those around them are thought to be. This does not necessarily indicate that cats have empathetic capacity like humans. Chances are, cats learn to associate the owner’s smile like a gift. In other words, people want to indulge in cats when their moods are good. Still, even if cats don’t understand the state of the human heart, studies always indicate that cats can capture many nuances of human gestures.
The ‘straight’ cat response creates their emotions difficult to recognize. “People want to know whether cats understand and listen to their employers,” Vonk told the BBC. “The results of our research indicate that they are not as cold as those around them.” Need long periods to prove the feline emotional intelligence of this species. Because their expressions are the most difficult to express.
Along with the positive attitude, like snoring Galvan and Vonk found that cats can indicate satisfaction through body position, movement of their ears and tails.
In contrast, a similar affair was found in dogs many years ago. These animals indicate different responses to happy and angry faces. In a study conducted in 2011, dogs want to avoid angry people.
The difference in the response of cats and dogs can be traced to prehistoric times. Dogs have been domesticated (domesticated and made home animals) since earlier. The study of genetics initiated this year indicates that the process was opened more than 30,000 years ago. In comparison, domestic cats were only 10,000 years ago, with estimates of places in the Middle East. Thus, the response of dogs that are more powerful to emotional gestures can be because they live longer with humans than cats. However, now it is too early to draw the red thread. Research on the dog mindset has been more developed than similar studies in cats. It could, in the end, be known to cats as not to indicate their emotions overtly.