Feline OK? What about your cat?

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Feline OK? What about your cat?

A Canadian company has developed an app it says can tell if your pet is happy

Matthew Stock

Cat owners who love to take pictures of their furry friends now have a new excuse to pull out their smartphones and take a snapshot: it may actually help the cat.

A Canadian animal health technology company, Sylvester.ai, has developed an app called Tably that uses the phone’s camera to tell whether a feline is feeling pain.

The app looks at ear and head position, eye-narrowing, muzzle tension and how whiskers change to detect distress. A 2019 study published in peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports found the so-called “feline grimace scale”, or FGS, is a valid and reliable tool for acute pain assessment in cats...

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