Is your cat psychopathic or are you the one who doesn’t understand it? Here’s the test to find out

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Also cats can having trouble of mental health and in some cases manifest themselves psychopathic behaviors. From aggression to anger, from disinterest to emotional instability: in these cases the relationship with ours feline it could get really complicated. It’s the case of your cat, who can’t bear to be stroked For one better management a research on animal behavior, conducted by the University of Liverpool, comes to our aid. Researchers provide a guide – a simple test – to understand if and when our cat has this kind of problem. The studyled by the University of Liverpool, is published in the Journal of Research in Personality.

Uninhibited, cruel and rebellious, here is the psychopathic cat

If we think that psychopathy only affects people, we are very wrong and science is full of evidence that affects other animals. In studies of various species, ruthlessness and the presence of antisocial behaviors have been associated with psychopathy and al antisocial personality disorder. Unfortunately, cats can also be affected by these problems.

In the study, the model builds on and analyzes three traits of character – the same ones tested in humans. The first is the cheek, understood as excessive courage, immunity to stress and fear even when appropriate. The second is the ruthlessnessdefined as lack of empathy and aggression, and the third is the tendency to rebel to all the rules. To these three elements, then, is added a test on any antisocial attitudes, both towards other felines and towards humans. In people, these traits and behaviors are associated with low agreeableness and a low tendency towards social cohesion, as well as in some cases with emotional instability and high extraversion.

The questionnaire is online

But let’s get to the studio. The authors proposed questionnaires on these elements to a sample of cat owners, more than 2,000 people in all. The test is called Cat-Tri+ because it examines the 3 aspects mentioned, together with (hence the + in the acronym) the relationship with other pets and with humans. Participants answered a questionnaire of 46 questions, traceable online, which can be done by anyone. The questions concern obedience, the sociabilitythe desire for adventure, the tendency to steal foods, not to learn from experiences, vocalization (frequent or not). And again: aggression, the awareness of the dangers, interaction with other animals and people, mood changes. Final scores are listed at the bottom of the test, and researchers analyzed data from all participants to draw conclusions.

Beware of disobedience and ruthlessness

From the analysis it emerges that the disinhibition and a bad disposition towards other pets are associated with one improve relationship with the human master. While non-empathic and cruel behaviors, together with chronic disobedience, lead to a more difficult relationship. But the cat doesn’t do it on purpose to have psychopathic behaviors. As always, it can depend on lived experiences and not only on these. It is probably also due to biological and evolutionary factors, as the first author explains Rebecca Evans. It is possible that some of the elements that fall under psychopathy were in the past useful for gaining resources, from territory to food to the possibility of mating.

Cat, let’s accept it as it is

In short, let’s not get angry with our felines, but let’s try, also thanks to this study, to understand them even better and accept them as they are. Know the personality of our cat can help us find, where possible, new ways to interact with him and to let him vent. If he is very daring, for example, we may need to stimulate him more and for example offer him more fun or daring games, from scratching posts to obstacle courses.

References: Journal of Research in Personality

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