Study shows cats and their people share personality traits.
Have you been thinking your cat’s almost as introverted as you are? Turns out that’s not just the idle thought of a slightly crazy cat lady. A new study shows that cats and their people share personality traits. Or that’s what the humans think. No one asked the cats.
Researchers in Australia asked people who live with cats to complete a 52-question online survey about their personalities and their cats’. Then, they used a sophisticated computer program to analyze the data. What it came up with was five general types of cat personalities. Three overlap with human personality traits.
- Skittish. In a human, this would be nervous or neurotic.
- Outgoing. That would be a human extrovert
- Dominant. Despite what the researchers say, I think cats and their people share this personality trait, too. A dominant cat tends to either bully other cats, or at the opposite end of the scale, submit to them. But don’t you know humans like that?
- Spontaneous. This is the other category that doesn’t match any human personality traits. It measures whether a cat’s behavior is erratic or predictable.
- Friendly. In humans, this is agreeable. But in cats, it doesn’t mean what you might think. The researchers used “friendly” to describe cats who range from affectionate to grouchy loners.
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