Looking at Cute Kittens Improves Focus

Finally, a concrete reason for us to spend more time looking at adorable pictures of kittens, puppies, and any adorable baby animals: according to a new study, it actually increases your productivity! (P.S. If you’re not into the science of “why,”  just scroll down for the photos of adorable baby animals.)

The study, “The Power of Kawaii: Viewing Cute Images Promotes a Careful Behavior and Narrows Attentional Focus,” was conducted at Japan’s Hiroshima University. According to the Washington Post, the study involved 48 students performing a fine motor task: playing a game (similar to the U.S. game Operation) which required very careful, gentle movements. They performed this task both before and after being shown a photograph of a baby animal, an adult animal, or a pleasant food item.

Amazingly, the students who looked at the baby animal photos showed a significant improvement both in how many times they completed the task, and in how accurate they were (see chart at left)!

The scientists theorize that this may be because caring for baby animals (nurturance) requires very tender treatment of the animals, as well as “careful attention to the targets’ physical and mental states as well as vigilance against possible threats to the targets.”

Thus, it may be possible that simply looking at photos of baby animals invokes similar productive, attentive behaviors as the ones we would have if we were caring for the animals in person!

Well, if science says so… then it’s only proper that you should take a few minutes out of your day to boost your productivity by looking at some adorable baby animal photos. Care2 is here to help! Here are 24 Adorable Baby Animal Photos to Increase Your Productivity!


First, a kitten named Cheech who adopted this chihuahua pup named Casanova (also seen above):

Photos Credit: Love Meow

Ready for more productivity and accuracy in your life? Read on!

Baby bat-eared foxes:

via Zooborns


Here’s a rescued stray kitten named Magilla Glub Glub (yes, really):

via Cute Overload

Baby mouse lemurs:

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A kitten named Memebon:

via Memebon.jp


Orphaned baby rabbit (at a wildlife rescue facility):

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Baby ferret:

via Cute Overload

Newborn Amur Tiger cubs:

via Zooborns


Tiny puppy:

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Turkmenian eagle owlets (and friend):

via Zooborns


A fluffy kitten belly of phenomenal quality:

via Cute Overload


Baby giant anteater, riding on mom’s back!:

via Zooborns


Kitten and puppy sharing their naptime:

via Cute Overload


Baby capybaras:

via Zooborns


Puppy’s birthday!:

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Yawning Arctic wolf pup:

via Zooborns


Tuckered-out young ones:

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Baby Tasmanian devils:

via Zooborns


Miniscule skunk:

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Tawny frogmouth chick (yes, this is a real bird, not just an adorable ball of fluffy feathers):

via Zooborns


Baby snow leopard, exploring his world:

via Zooborns

6-week-old sloth:

via Zooborns


Whew! You’re almost there. Let’s finish up with a puppy asleep in her food bowl!

via Cute Overload

Now that you’ve done all that hard, productivity-boosting work of looking at cute baby animals, you’re ready to go back to your day, with your attention focused and your motor skills boosted! How does it feel?



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Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 3 years ago

so adorable,thank you for sharing 13/7

Mariniki Liani
Past Member 3 years ago

thank you for sharing 3/6

Christinaalex Nicki
.3 years ago

adorable,thank you for sharing

Mary T.
Mary T.3 years ago

love the pictures and kitties do help me work better :)

Ann B.
Ann B.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.3 years ago


Stella Gamboni
Stella Gamboni3 years ago

They're just sooooo cute I thought my head would explode!

Julie H.
Julie Hoffman4 years ago


Vicky Evans
Vicky Evans4 years ago

They are so cuuuuuuuuutee !

Aletta Kraan
Aletta Kraan4 years ago

Thanks , enjoyed looking at them all !