Is your cat's behavior concerning?
What do researchers think?
The traits of cat psychopathy
A survey of 549 cat owners
A 46 question test
Excessive meowing, zoomies, and more
All cats are psychopathic to some degree study finds
Survivial of the fittest
A long line of psychopaths
Cat priorities
Cats and their personality differences -this inspiration for the study
How does it affect the relationship with owners?
Investigating our feline friends
Bold cats may be psychopaths
More research is needed
Dogs and people may be considered pychopaths also by these standards!
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Is your cat's behavior concerning?

Does your cat enjoy staring contests and get the late-night zoomies? Does the little ball of fur sometimes randomly attack you from a high shelf?

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What do researchers think?

It seems like normal stuff to most cat owners; however, a recent study by researchers at the University and Liverpool John Moores University claims that this kind of activity might mean you are living with a psychopath cat!

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The traits of cat psychopathy

The UK-based team of researchers devised a survey for cat owners to determine if their "fur babies" might actually have the traits of cat psychopathy.

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A survey of 549 cat owners

The researchers asked a total of 549 cat owners to complete their survey. First, they measured the "triarchic" traits, where boldness, meanness, and disinhibition are measured to determine psychopathy in humans. However, two more factors were also of interest: human-unfriendliness and pet-unfriendliness.

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A 46 question test

That is why they named the test the Cat Triarchic Plus test or the CAT-Tri+. The test consists of a total of 46 questions about your pet cat's behaviors, a lot of which are very common among our beloved felines.

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Excessive meowing, zoomies, and more

According to the study published by the team, they asked owners questions about their pets such as: "My cat vocalizes loudly (e.g., meows, yowls) for no apparent reason," "My cat runs around the house for no apparent reason," and "My cat does not appear to act guilty after misbehaving."

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All cats are psychopathic to some degree study finds

Most of the questions really just seem to describe average cat behavior, and the study has found that all cats have some level of psychopathy and the reason is simple: evolution.

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Survivial of the fittest

The Journal of Research in Personality says, "In an ancestral environment that demanded self-sufficiency, wild cats that had higher levels of psychopathic traits may have been more successful in acquiring resources (food, territory, mating opportunities)."

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A long line of psychopaths

So the cats we have as pets today come from a long line of cats with psychopathic traits because that was the only way to survive.

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Cat priorities

So don't worry, your cat might be a psychopath, but he most likely doesn't want to eat you. Your furry friend only cares about: running the house, eating your food, and being a desirable mate.

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Cats and their personality differences -this inspiration for the study

Rebecca Evans, a researcher who helped develop the study, spoke to Vice's Motherboard about why they chose to study the unusual subject of cat psychopathy. Evans said, "Our cats and the differences in their personalities inspired us to start this research."

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How does it affect the relationship with owners?

Evans then continued, "Personally, I am also interested in how owner perceptions of psychopathy in their cat can affect the cat-owner relationship. My cat (Gumball) scores relatively highly on the disinhibition scale—which means he can be quite vocal, proximity-seeking, and excitable!"

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Investigating our feline friends

Vice's Motherboard also spoke another author of the study Minna Lyons said that after studying psychopathy in humans, rodents, and primates, the authors, who all love cats, "decided to join our forces, and see if psychopathy is something that is relevant in our feline friends too."

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Bold cats may be psychopaths

Lyons said her cat Axel who partook in the study, shows some signs of being a feline psychopath: "Axel is totally bold, and known to go into neighbors houses, cars, and garages to search for food."

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More research is needed

However, it should be stated that more research is needed to really prove cats are psychopaths. The questions asked in the study are pretty generic such as "my cat demands attention" or "my cat disobeys rules," behaviors that are pretty standard for the species.

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Dogs and people may be considered pychopaths also by these standards!

If we were to apply some of the same questions to our pet dogs or even ourselves, by the study's standards, we may all be psychopaths!

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