I doubt that any of us need scientific proof that cats can show emotions: all we need to do is look into our feline companions’ eyes to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they do. Since cats express emotions in different ways than humans, being able to read and interpret feline emotion is a key to understanding cats better, and to preventing and correcting behavior problems.
The question whether cats feel emotion has become a much debated topic among feline behaviorists and scientists. The topic of emotions in animals is controversial in science because emotions are hard to quantify. However, recent studies have shown that the feline brain works very similar to the human brain. This supports the notion that even just based on physiology, it is reasonable to assume that cats feel emotions.
I think it’s critical that we are aware of and in tune with our cats’ emotions. Not only will this increase understanding between the species, it will strengthen the bond between cat and human, and ensure a stress-free and happy life for both.
In an article I wrote for Petplace.com, I explored the topic of cat and emotions. Click here to read the full article.