Have you ever wondered if slow-blinking could help you communicate with your cat? Probably not, but it turns out it could be all you need to build a stronger bond with your furry friend. That’s certainly what studies seem to show.
The meaning of a slow-blink
If humans narrow their eyes at one another, the chances are that one of them is pretty annoyed, or they are trying to size the other one up. The same can’t be said for cats. They use their bodies and facial expression as a way to tell others how they feel. One of the many things that cat owners have noticed about their furry friends is the slow-blink. It’s when cats narrow their eyes, but what does it mean? Experts have revealed that when cats have their eyes wide open and make unbroke eye contact with something, it usually means they’re on the prowl. In contrast, when cats slow-blink, it typically means they are content and at ease with their surroundings.
Conducting the experiments
The University of Portsmouth and the University of Sussex took it upon themselves to research what it really means when cats are slow-blinking. They created two scenarios. The first saw their owner in the same room but not acknowledging their animal. The second had their owner slow-blink at their cat. The experiment was then repeated with an impartial researcher who repeated both stages of the experiment before looking into the results. Thankfully, it wasn’t long before they had some answers.
Investigating the findings
To start, the research showed that the cats were more likely to slow-blink if someone had been slow-blinking at them first. It didn’t matter who the human was in the room. Ignoring the cat also showed some interesting results. After both scenarios, the person in the room would extend their hand toward the cat to see if they wanted to approach them. The studies showed that cats were far more likely to seek attention from the human in the room if they had been slow-blinking than if they had ignored them altogether.
More research is needed first
The studies from the universities showed that cats seem to consider slow-blinking as a positive interaction, but that’s not all. It seems that slow-blinking at your cat could be a way to communicate with your furry friend, even though neither of you speaks the same language. However, there still needs to be more research before anyone can reach a definitive answer. It turns out the universities only used 18 kitties in each of their experiments. Still, one professor from the University of Sussex said the study shows that most cat owners are right when they think slow-blinking means something much more than their cat shutting their eyes.
While the world might need a little more research into the matter, it turns out that slow-blinking could be a way to communicate with your cat. Many of us would do anything to talk to our animals. Perhaps this could be the start of something great?