Matthew Boniface asked:
Can you catch a yawn from a cat? Matthew really wants to know because his wife claims to feel lazy all day holding her cat...
Dr Hugh Matthews from Cambridge University explains why yawns are catching.
Yawning seems to have very little to do with breathing itself. Even unborn babies yawn and they donít need to breath yet. One reason why we yawn is that we may be trying to stay alert or vigilant during the transition between the wakefulness and sleep. This happens in nearly all animals and may in part be a sensory response to muscle contractions from the yawn. But in some mammals, it plays an emotional role too, to help calm you down before or after stress. For example, a cat or a dog might yawn more at the vets and if human athlete might yawn repeatedly just before a race.
I don't know about cats, but it's been shown that dogs can catch yawns off people, and are more likely to catch them off their owners than strangers. Georgia, Mon, 24th Nov 2014
Its all about psychology, and there really is nothing physical about it.
Cats can also catch yawns: