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Why Do Cats Yawn PDF Print E-mail

cat_yawnMany different species yawn: humans, cats, dogs, rabbits—even birds, snakes, and fish.

Cats' yawns are more dramatic than human yawns because they can open their mouths wider (and show off those impressive fangs). Are they getting more out of their yawns? We can only guess.

Like humans, cats yawn when transitioning between sleep and alert states; indeed, yawning is a distinctive part of a cat's wake-up routine. Cats and humans may also be prone to yawning when cooling down after energetic activity.

Cats sometimes yawn as a way to peacefully end a standoff with another cat or other animal, as if to say "whatever." This may also be a subtle show of dominance.

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