Study reveals why cats have the personalities of their owners

No, it’s not about the villain of the movie, but about the pet who sleeps at your house every day and who doesn’t need to go for a walk. The craze for cats has grown over the past decade, and they are ideal for anyone who prefers a more independent pet, one who doesn’t need to go out three times a day to keep them from do his business on the carpet.

The joke: “I’m going to stay single (girls win) while living with a bunch of cats” seems to be a bit of an indication of the individual’s personality, although no one takes it very seriously. Or yes? According to a study published in the scientific journal “PLOS One“, Cats’ behaviors can mirror those of their owners, so be careful what you do.

The study was carried out by the universities of Nottingham Treny and Lincoln, and involved surveying more than 3,000 cat owners in the UK, asking them questions about themselves and their pets’ personalities, the basis of the “big five model” (openness to new experiences, responsibility, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism).

More than 3,000 owners and their cats participated in the study and answered questions based on the “Big Five Model.”

“Human personality can significantly influence the nature of care provided to those in care,” the study explains. “This bond has been the subject of much research with parents and children, but relatively little is known about this dynamic as it relates to human-animal relationships.”

“Family relationships are essential to the development of individual behavior and well-being. Exploring other social roles, including those of humans and animals, can shed light on the latter’s experiences and well-being: Thus, the investigation found that different traits were linked to different behaviors in cats , for example, owners of a feline with behavioral problems scored higher on neurosis.

In 2010, it was found that dogs whose owners are neurotic spend more time with their peers. Cats, on the other hand, choose to interact less.

Likewise, the most neurotic people also had pets linked to other negative traits: any stress-related illnesses, more aggressive or anxious personalities, and being overweight. On the other hand, the most “pleasant” owners had cats that were less aggressive and distant, and were more likely to have a normal weight.

However, the research itself highlights that owner behaviors can influence one animal of one species in one way and another in a different way. For example, in 2010 it was found that dogs whose owners are neurotic tend to spend more time with them, while in the case of cats the opposite happens and they choose to interact less. Despite this, both animals exhibited consistent negative behaviors.

“Many owners consider their pet a member of the family and form a close bond with it,” explains Lauren Finka, co-researcher of the study, at Telegraph. “It is therefore very likely that animals are affected by the way we interact with them and care for them, both of which are in turn influenced by our personality differences.”