Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

How to check if your CAT is a psychopath: Examination suggests teasing its prey, meowing loudly and going into “overdrive” can all be signs that your pet has personality issues

  • Psychologists studied the relationship between thousands of cats, their owners
  • They developed a questionnaire to analyze your pet and see if it is a psychopath
  • Called CAT-Tri +, the detailed set of questions is the first ever tool of its kind










If your cat’s confusing behavior leads you to believe that it may be a cat psychopath, there’s now a way to find out.

Psychologists studied the relationship between thousands of cats and their owners to develop a detailed questionnaire that you can use to analyze your pet.

It comes in the form of 46 statements where the owners assess how well each statement describes their pet.

Examples include: ‘My cat is harassing their prey instead of killing it right away’; ‘my cat vocals loudly (eg meows, howls) for no apparent reason’; and ‘my cat is very agitated (eg goes into’ overdrive ‘and becomes uncoordinated)’.

The results will help measure the cat’s levels of ‘meanness’ – traits such as lack of empathy and emotionless aggression – ‘disinhibition’, which are problems of behavioral restraint, and ‘boldness’, which is a measure of social dominance and low levels. of fear.

It also measures the animal’s degree of unkindness towards humans and other pets.

Psychologists studied the relationship between thousands of cats and their owners to develop a detailed questionnaire, CAT-Tri +, that you can use to analyze your pet

Psychologists studied the relationship between thousands of cats and their owners to develop a detailed questionnaire, CAT-Tri +, that you can use to analyze your pet

Called CAT-Tri +, it is the first tool available to measure psychopathy in cats, said researchers from Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moore’s University.

Lead researcher Rebecca Evans said: ‘We believe that like any other personality trait, psychopathy is on a continuum where some cats will score higher than others.

‘It is likely that all cats have an element of psychopathy, as it would once have been helpful to their ancestors in terms of acquiring resources, such as food, territory, and mating opportunities.’

While it may seem fun to find out how much of a Hannibal Lecter you have in your home, there is a serious side to the tool.

The team hopes it will help improve the relationship between cats and owners and, by extension, reduce the number of pets that end up in shelters or are euthanized.

Miss Evans, a psychologist at Liverpool University, said the questionnaire could be used by owners or veterinarians to highlight unwanted behaviors and make improvements to the cats’ environment that suit their character.

Lead researcher Rebecca Evans said: 'We believe that like any other personality trait, psychopathy is on a continuum where some cats will score higher than others' (stock photo)

Lead researcher Rebecca Evans said: ‘We believe that like any other personality trait, psychopathy is on a continuum where some cats will score higher than others’ (stock photo)

“A cat that has a high score on the boldness scale can benefit from large cat trees and tall scratching posts, as Cat-Tri + items suggest a brave cat enjoys exploring and climbing,” she said.

“Giving daring cats environmental enrichment can reduce agonistic behavior toward humans, other pets and possessions.”

The study, which involved 2,042 cat owners, is published in the Journal of Research in Personality.

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