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Cats can follow and interpret human gazes, Hungarian researchers say

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By ITN News Editor December 8, 2018 13:59

Cats can follow and interpret human gazes, Hungarian researchers say

Cats can follow and interpret human gazes, animal behaviour researchers at Budapest ELTE university have concluded.

The researchers tested 41 cats in their owners’ homes to see if they could find similar characteristics noticed in dogs when interacting with humans.

The tests were done with the use of two bowls, one with food and one without. The cats then had to find food by following a human’s gaze – whether sustained or only momentary.

The results showed that cats were “very good” at following human gazes, said lead researcher Peter Pongracz, as they performed well above what would be expected if the felines were selecting bowls randomly.

Overall, the cats picked the correct bowl in 70 percent of cases.

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By ITN News Editor December 8, 2018 13:59
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