Are you a cat person? Perhaps more-so than you realize.
Scientists have recently found a link between human personalities, and those of their purring pets.A team of animal behavior experts at Lincoln University documented the personalities of 3,300 cat owners. What they found, in short, shows that cats take after their humans, but still retain their independence.
“Cats are a mini-me,” Danielle Gunn-Moore, professor of feline medicine at Edinburgh University told the Daily Mail. “They are sentient creatures strongly affected by people around them.”
The researchers found, whether the cats were neurotic, overweight or cheerful, their human owners shared similar traits.
Neurotic or anxious cats were more likely to be kept indoors by their owners, resulting in weight gain and behavioral issues. Cheerful cats were more often accompanied by humans who spent less time hovering.
Of course, cats won’t pick up on all of your bad habits. A research group from University of South Australia posited in 2016 that there were only five distinct cat personalities.
According to the Denver Post they ran personality tests on 2,800 domestic cats in Australia and New Zealand before categorizing them into the “Feline Five.”
- Skittish: Cats with neurotic tendencies, who are more anxious and fearful, rather than calm and trusting.
- Outgoing: Extroverted cats who are curious and active. They don’t give up in the middle of a game.
- Dominant: Aggressive cats who bully their feline peers.
- Spontaneous: Unpredictable, impulsive cats who may not always seem comfortable.
- Friendy: Docile and loving. These cats you’ll find on your lap.
These purr-sonality types aren’t meant to be mutually exclusive. Many of the cats tested scored high in multiple regions. This is just the set of paints from which a feline’s colorful personality may shine through.
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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