Cats are a popular pet choice, but many cat owners are puzzled by their feline companions’ emotions. This is a challenging assignment because cats are not very expressive and are good at hiding their feelings when in pain.
Tably, a new AI-powered software by Sylvester.AI, can help you understand your cat’s feelings. Sylvester.ai is a “predictive healthcare firm” that creates artificial intelligence-powered technologies to improve animal health outcomes across species.
Tably provides owners with a “deeper awareness” of their cats’ moods and health. The app is simple to use, requiring users to scan their cats’ faces using their smartphone cameras. The software then responds quickly to inquiries like, “How grumpy is my cat?” Is it true that my cat enjoys the way I pet it? And more.
Tably is based on the Feline Grimace Scale, a tried-and-true method for determining animal pain based on facial expressions. This scale, which takes facial indicators into account, can assist estimate how much discomfort a cat is in by scoring expressions in real-time or from images. Ear position, orbital tightening, muzzle tension, whisker position, and head posture are important factors that this scale considers.
The app was created after the developers at Sylvester.AI discovered that this form of objective scoring was a great use case for machine learning.
Veterinarians and cat owners have found the Feline Grimace Scale to be helpful in understanding cats emotions. Try it for yourself by signing up as a beta tester in Tably. Make sure you take a clear, well-lit photo of your cat’s face in full view to get the best results.