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Do cats catch human yawns?

Have you ever yawned because someone else has?


Are you yawning right now just thinking about yawning?


Yawns can be catching, and contagious yawning has been linked to the basic processes of empathy e.g. it has been shown to activate neural networks responsible for both social communication and empathy and correlate with empathy in humans.


Evidence of contagious yawning has been found in social animals such as budgerigars, rats and chimpanzees. In dogs contagious yawning has even been shown to occur across species - from humans to dogs. 


This study aims to examine whether cats are susceptible to contagious yawning from humans.  

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We know you already have loads of videos of your cat but help us out by taking some more for science!


  1. Fill in the pre-survey (10minutes)

  2. Try the experiment at home with your own cat, in your own time

  3. Finally, send us your videos!

  4. Any questions contact:


Once you have done the pre-survey you are ready to film your fabulous cat!

Follow the instructions carefully


Demonstration video

Send us your videos

Information about being a study participant


Study approved by the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Board (AWERB) ARG/17/03

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