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Re: Partly-scientific answer to question about cats



A friend of mine is the big cat keeper at a zoo, he mentioned that when the big cats squint at you its a sign of relaxation and happiness. He encouraged people to squint back to communicate no ill intent. Doing this to a Bengal Tiger is pretty eerie. I do this withmy own cats an it seems to work. They begin to purr right after.

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On Feb 16, 2009, at 2:37 AM, David Marjanovic wrote:

Cats, on the other hand, tend to 'smile' by narrowing their eyes, which is unfortunate because in
humans such an expression usually signifies the opposite of happiness. If a cat squints at you
menacingly, it probably means it likes you. The difference in how cats and dogs convey mood may well
be the main factor determining whether you're a 'dog person' or a 'cat person'.

Hm. What does it say about me that I've had almost no experience with cats, but have always intuitively interpreted the squinting as a sign of relaxation? Was I just looking at the rest of the body for context? Or are cats just calmer than dogs, leaving you time to interpret them, while dogs rather jump up and down around you?


Ummmm...

Dinosaurs!!! I have interesting things to tell you about sauropod rearing from the congress last week. I'll post the abstract this evening.