If there has ever been any doubt in your mind that cats are able to communicate with us and we with them, then you will be interested to know that there have actually been studies to confirm that this is true. A new study on how cats communicate with us has been done.
Recently psychologists have found that we can communicate positive emotions to our cats using eye movements. The first study of its kind was conducted by researchers from Portsmouth and Sussex university in the United Kingdom, and confirmed that if we narrow our eyes in what is called a “slow blink” and then close our eyes briefly, this communicates a smile to cats. They also found that if we first perform a “slow blink” then the cat is more likely to reciprocate.
“In terms of why cats behave this way, it could be argued that cats developed the “slow blink” behavior because humans perceived slow blinking as positive,” Dr. Tasmin Humphrey, one of the researchers, said in a press release. “Cats may have learned that humans reward them for responding to slow blinking. It is also possible that slow blinking in cats began as a way to interrupt an unbroken stare, which is potentially threatening in social interaction.”
Any cat owner can put this to the test by just trying it at home. Try narrowing your eyes, then follow it with closing your eyes for a couple of seconds. You’ll find that your cat will respond in the same way. What a great way for you and your cat to express your affection for each other.