Why a study affirms that cats are psychopaths

It is important to understand that the feline personality is different from the human one.

An English investigation shows that some qualities studied in cats They fall into the category of psychopathic behaviors. Nevertheless, far from being psychopathic traits, these behavior patterns indicated should be understood as those that the ancestors of our cats have been very useful in terms of obtaining resources, such as food, territory and reproductive opportunities.

Boldness, related to social dominance and low levels of fear, disinhibition linked to self-control, and meanness in terms of being hostile or mean, is characterized by a lack of empathy, antipathy towards animals or the human being himself.

Although these findings lead to the conceptual triad that determines human psychopathy, which is defined as a disorder composed of three main traits: boldness, disinhibition and meanness, the model cannot be extrapolated to other species at all, much less to the cat to which we should save inaccurate and disqualifying qualifications a priori.

The research developed intended to assess the mental stability of catsbeing the first of its kind that allows to indirectly detect animal personality traits.

Although the audacity, lack of inhibition and meanness with characteristics of cats have nothing to do with human psychopathy
Although the audacity, lack of inhibition and meanness with characteristics of cats have nothing to do with human psychopathy

The results show, for example, that a daring cat enjoys exploring and climbing, and needs a particularly enriched environment for its happiness.

A cat with high levels of boldness should have large scratching posts and tall posts within reach.

Providing environmental enrichment for these feisty cats can reduce agonistic behaviors toward people and other animals.

Other conclusions allow us to observe that, if the cat is located in high places, it probably dominates the cats in the neighborhood and observe if it purrs or not when it attacks people or animals, differentiates its intention and its disposition and therefore its treatment.

The work also helped measure traits such as lack of empathy and callous aggressiveness; disinhibition, as well as behavior restraint, boldness, and level of hostility toward people and other animals.

The test results, based on thousands of surveys, are intended to help improve relationships between cats and their guardians.

Providing cats with environmental enrichment may reduce agonistic behaviors toward people and other animals
Providing cats with environmental enrichment may reduce agonistic behaviors toward people and other animals

Likewise, it is the intention of the work reduce the number of animals that end up in shelters or are euthanized, since due to behavioral problems such as aggression and disobedience, 40% of cats are deposited in shelters in Great Britain.

Despite the fact that the dominant traits found in the feline personality coincide with those of psychopathic humans, this conclusion cannot be applied linearly to the cat that it has retained those traits of its ancestors and which are what allowed it to survive in a hostile environment.

Through this research, it is important to try to understand the feline personality, addressing all those factors that affect the quality of the relationship between the cat and the guardian, in order to improve it.

Prof. Dr. Juan Enrique Romero @drromerook is a veterinary doctor. He specialist in University Education. Master in Psychoimmunoneuroendocrinology. Former Director of the Hospital Escuela de Animales Pequeños (UNLPam). University Professor at various Argentine universities. International speaker.

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