Israeli Researchers Develop Method to Detect Pain in Cats
A team of Israeli researchers has created an AI model capable of detecting pain in felines.
Big cats, such as lions, jaguars, cheetahs, leopards, and cougars, are known to hide their pain in order to avoid being targeted by other animals when they are weak and vulnerable. Interestingly, domestic cats exhibit the same behavior, which can make it difficult for even trained veterinarians to detect if they are suffering from pain. Sadly, many pet cats experience chronic pain that often goes unnoticed by their owners, leading to untreated conditions.
# Want to know if your cat is in pain?
Thankfully, researchers from the Tech4Animals lab at the University of Haifa, São Paulo University in Brazil, Lincoln University, and Nottingham University in the UK have developed innovative artificial intelligence (AI) that can identify pain in cats. By using deep-learning models and facial recognition analysis, the researchers achieved an impressive success rate of over 70% in identifying which cats were in pain. The study involved 29 short-haired British cats and the areas around the mouth and eyes were found to be the most significant in detecting pain.
This international study was recently published in the prestigious journal Scientific Reports from the Nature group, under the title “Automated Recognition of Pain in Cats.” It was led by doctoral student Marcelo Feighelstein and advised by Prof. Anna Zamansky and Prof. Ilan Shimshoni from the information systems department at the University of Haifa. This groundbreaking research offers new hope for the improved diagnosis and treatment of pain in pet cats, enhancing their overall well-being and quality of life.
# Developing the AI
|Israeli Researchers Develop Method to Detect Pain in Cats. AI cat facial-pain examination technology (credit: University of Haifa research team)|