Do animals yawn when they see humans yawn?

I was recently reading about how contagious yawning is. It seems that just reading the word yawn can make you yawn, hearing one will also do it and seeing one is almost guaranteed to make you yawn. It got me to thinking whether yawning is contagious across species. I wonder if I yawn and my cat sees it, if it will make him yawn, or visa versa. I haven’t had enough time to test this out too much, but as I’m writing this, Hootie has been napping next to my desk and I’ve tried it 4 times without result. He may be ignoring me in that delightful way cats do, but it may really not make a difference to him.

~ by accordingtoleanne on December 25, 2009.

One Response to “Do animals yawn when they see humans yawn?”

  1. human is and will stay a human !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    funny articl ,,,,,,,,

    peace ahoss.

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