The model measures levels of daring, meanness and disinhibition in order to assess overall psychopathic tendencies. Usually the test is for humans, of course, but here it is applied to cats.
After completing the survey – which you can find online – you will receive what is called a CAT-Tri + measurement for your pet’s level of psychopathy. The team hopes that knowing this score can improve relationships between humans and cats.
“Our cats and the differences in their personalities inspired us to begin this research,” psychologist Rebecca Evans, from the University of Liverpool in the UK, told Motherboard.
“Personally, I’m also interested in how the owner’s perceptions of psychopathy in their cat may affect the cat-owner relationship. My cat Gumball scores relatively high on the Uninhibition scale – which means he can be quite vocal, close-up looking, and excitable. “
The questionnaire asks for information about your cat’s degree of adventure when exploring, how they react to danger, how they react to other cats, whether or not they need constant stimulation and how well they follow. house rules.
Associated behaviors – including sudden mood swings, aggression towards new people, and reactions to petting – are also explored. In each case, you can mark your feline on a scale from “does not describe my cat” to “describes my cat extremely well”.
Other factors, measuring hostility to humans and pets, are also included in the test, to help understand the relationship between the cat and its owner.
Out of a total of 46 responses in total, you can calculate your cat’s CAT-Tri + score for psychopathy. In humans, psychopathy is often characterized by a lack of empathy and a tendency to manipulate others – although psychopaths may appear normal and charming on the surface.
“It’s likely that all cats have an element of psychopathy as it would once have been helpful to their ancestors in terms of acquiring resources: for example food, territory and mating opportunities,” Evans said in a statement.
The ultimate goal of the study is to give us a better understanding of our cats. Those who score higher for Daring might benefit from spending more time with scratching posts or climbing obstacles, for example.
Unwanted cats are still often abandoned or left in shelters (where they can be euthanized), and the research team is hopeful that a psychological study like this can help identify unwanted behavior in cats, so that owners may be able to adjust or train their surroundings. .
The relationships between 2,042 cat owners and their pets were studied in order to come up with the final questionnaire, with the researchers also being able to identify certain patterns of volunteers who already answered the questions.
“Disinhibition and hostility towards pets predicted a better cat owner relationship; meanness and daring predicted an inferior relationship, ”the researchers write in their article.
The research was published in the Personality Research Journal.