What is your cat’s exact thought process? Scientists have developed a questionnaire that will help you figure out where your feline pal fits into the triarchic model of psychopathy.
The model measures boldness, meanness, and disinhibition levels to determine general psychopathic traits. Cats are being used for tests instead of people.
After completing the survey, you will be given a CAT-Tri+ evaluation for your pet’s level of psychopathy, which you may view online. The researchers expect that knowing this number would aid in the improvement of human-cat relationships.
“The personalities of our cats prompted us to start this research,” Rebecca Evans, a psychologist at the University of Liverpool, told Motherboard.
“Personally, I’m curious about how owners’ impressions of their cat’s psychopathy affect the cat-owner relationship. Gumball, my cat, has a lot of disinhibition, which means he can be very noisy, get close to people, and be very active.
You’ll take the quiz to find out how curious your cat is, how it reacts to danger, how it interacts with other cats, and how well it follows your home rules.
Related behaviors, including mood swings, hostility toward strangers, and reactions to being caressed, are being investigated. You can rate your cat on a scale of “does not describe my cat” to “describes my cat really well” in each case.
Other aspects of the test, such as determining human and pet unfriendliness, are also included in order to better understand the cat-owner relationship.
From a total of 46 responses, you can compute your cat’s CAT-Tri+ psychopathy score. Even though psychopaths may appear normal and pleasant on the surface, they are distinguished by a lack of empathy and a predisposition to manipulate others.
In a statement, Evans said that all cats likely have some psychopathy because it would have helped their ancestors get food, territory, and mates in the past.
The study’s ultimate goal is to provide us with a better understanding of our pets. Those that score higher on the boldness scale may benefit from more time spent with scratching posts or climbing barriers, for example.
Unwanted cats are still discarded or sent to shelters, where they may be killed. The research team expects that doing a psychological study of this nature may assist owners in identifying undesirable habits in their cats, allowing for required modifications to their environment or training.
To create the final questionnaire, the researchers looked into the connections of 2,042 cat owners and their pets. They were able to discern some patterns among the volunteers who had already responded to the questions.
The researchers wrote in their report, “Disinhibition and pet-unfriendliness predicted a higher quality cat-owner relationship; meanness and boldness indicated a lower quality relationship.”