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Our first study is now published and you can view a summary of our findings here.

If you would like to test your cat reading skills, you can take our cat faces quiz here.

We are interested in finding out whether people can detect whether cats are in positive or negative situations just from the cats’ faces alone. We are hoping to use this information to better understand cat welfare, and to develop novel tools for welfare assessment.

If you have any questions about this research please contact either Georgia Mason (gmason @ or Lee Niel (niell @

We are researchers focused on animal behaviour and welfare from the University of Guelph

Dr. Jenna Cheal, Postdoctoral Researcher, Animal Biosciences

Dr. Lauren Dawson, Postdoctoral Researcher, Animal Biosciences

Dr. Georgia Mason, Professor, Animal Biosciences

Dr Lee Niel, Associate Professor, Population Medicine





We are affiliated with the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph.  Please check out the CCSAW website for further information.

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We would like to gratefully thank everyone who provided cat videos; the thousands who took part in our survey; Nestlé Purina for their “Sponsorship for Studies in Cat and Dog Emotional Well-being” award; and our own cats, who inspired this work.

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