The facial expressions of the dogs were cuter cat
Experts who developed a composite index to determine the cat’s facial expressions, found that the expression of cat face rarely helps her find a home. This likely contributes to the expression of animal emotions through purring and rubbing against objects and humans.
The researchers decided to conduct a study after in 2013 found that dogs, raised eyebrows at the sight of a man about 20 times, took away from the shelter twice faster than their counterparts who only did it five times. The researchers came to the conclusion that such facial expressions of the animals allow them to look friendlier, and attracted new owners.
To conduct the study, the researchers developed a system that covered all possible movement of the muzzle of a cat, based on her musculature and anatomy. The experiment involved 106 cats in three shelters in the UK, says Science.
Researchers monitored how quickly the cats have found a new home, conducting a statistical correlation between their facial expressions and movements. The result found out that, unlike dogs, cats facial expressions did not affect the speed of acquisition of host. At the same time, cats often RUB against toys and furniture, left the shelters is 30% faster than males that did not.
Scientists believe that a more vivid facial expressions of the dogs affected is stronger and more long evolutionary effects — dogs were domesticated much earlier than cats and have mastered many ways of human interaction.