How “Psychopathic” Is Your Cat? Researchers Develop A Questionnaire To Find Out.

Have you ever wondered what your cat thinks when he watches you, or even just when he defecates? Let’s face it: sometimes, the behavior of our feline friends is not the most balanced, and they seem at least out of the ordinary to us, responding to a very “feline” logic, about which we can hardly do otherwise. than to accept it.

If the most original characteristics of cats are not too surprising and often make us smile, some wanted to deepen the subject, by developing a real questionnaire useful for people to understand if their cat is prone to psychopathy. Thanks to this tool, many people will finally be able to get a psychological idea of ​​their beloved family cat, and perhaps get a more precise explanation of certain behaviors.

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This model was designed and developed by a team of researchers at the University of Liverpool in the UK and is part of what is called the “triarchical model of psychopathy”. It is a system used to measure the levels of various character traits, such as meanness, daring, and lack of inhibitory brakes, in order to produce an accurate psychiatric profile of the person being assessed. Of course, we wrote “person” in reference to humans, but what if that applied to cats?

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It is from this question that the scientists in question started. “Our cats and the differences in character between them inspired us to conduct this research,” said Rebecca Evans , psychologist at the University of Liverpool.

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The questionnaire thus questions the owners on the character of their cat: if it is adventurous, aggressive, lunatic, how it reacts to danger , how excitable it is, and much more. In total there are 46 questions which, at the end of the survey, will provide a CAT-Tri + profile , useful in identifying the level of psychopathy in domestic felines, on a scale ranging from “this does not fit my cat” to “that fits my cat very well”.

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In short, with this tool in hand, many people could finally understand something more specific about their mustached animals and their more or less positive behavior. What do you think ? Would you be tempted to answer the questionnaire?

source used: Journal of Research in Personality

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