According to a new study, “every cat has a degree of psychopathy”
Cat owners may worry if their furry friend has psychopathic tendencies from time to time.
U.K. researchers in the Journal of Research in Personality published a new study in December that found that all cats are likely to exhibit some degree of psychopathy.
549 cat owners were surveyed by researchers at Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool to score 46 statements against their pet.
Cats are known for their vocalisations (e.g., meows, yowls) and their tendency to get into “overdrive” (e.g., becoming uncoordinated) as well as their tendency to torment their victim rather than kill it right away.
Psychopathy in cats was studied using the triarchic model, which examines human boldness, meanness, and disinhibition.
Cat Triarchic Plus, a novel technique for assessing feline psychopathy, incorporates two additional traits: a rating of a feline’s unfriendliness toward people and against other pets.
As with any personality trait, “we believe that some cats will score more highly than others on the psychopathy continuum,” stated lead researcher Rebecca Evans.
In order to obtain resources such as food, territory, and mate opportunities, it’s possible that all cats have some psychopathy in their genes.
Other cat owners can fill out the survey that was created by the researchers at osf.io.