Animal Psychologists in Japan Create Traffic Safety Video… for Cats
Animal psychologists at Kyoto University have recently launched a public service video to educate cats about traffic safety.
The video was developed by Yellow Hat with the help of animal psychology students at Kyoto University’s Camp-Nyan animal psychology research team, as well as Professor Kazuo Fujita, a specialist in zoology and cognitive science, according to SoraNews24.
It incorporates many moving elements that will capture the attention of cats watching the video. There are also audio components added in the public service video, including a “narrator” who only speaks in meow, background music with chirping birds, as well as sine wave sound patterns similar to the squeaking noise that rats or other rodents make.
While the clip was originally created for cats, a subtitle has been included so that humans can also watch the traffic safety video.
Not only is this educational for humans, but the video also helps us understand cat psychology better, like the warmth of the middle-of-the-road manhole covers that somehow seduce felines to sit atop them.
It also teaches humans that cats often get excited to go hunting at twilight when the birds are returning to their nests. And lastly, it shows how car horns and high-beam headlights can startle the cats, often resulting in them becoming too frightened to jump out of the way.