The hidden truth — or perhaps the apparent fact? Cats are psychopaths. And this is based on research by scientists, not only your dog-loving friends’ Facebook pages.
You don’t need to believe them, either. They’ve created a test so you’ll get an idea of your cat’s psychopathic degree.
The researchers who own cats in England at the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University wrote this article detailing their findings. The study reveals that from the human perspective, psychopaths are apathetically disconnected, manipulative, and unsocial. The study measured cats’ meanness, boldness, disinhibition (rudeness), pet-unfriendliness, and human-unfriendliness–but those traits were useful back in the day.
“It is possible that all cats carry some degree of psychopathy since it was once beneficial to their ancestors in regards to acquiring resources, like food as well as territory and mating possibilities,” lead researcher Rebecca Evans told Metro.
It’s logical! My cat’s cousin Harley Earl follows me into the bathroom whenever I’m going about my work. I’m not looking forward to having company when I’m there and find behaving odd, but the room is also where he eats his food. It sounds like my aunt needs to be taking the quiz.
After three research studies that asked more than 2,000 pet owners, scientists have developed this test of 46 questions Cat Triarchic Plus test that can ideally determine where cat owners’ pets are located on the psychopath spectrum.
A smattering of the sometimes-frightening prompts that give me a new respect for cat owners:
- My cat purrs when he is fighting pets or humans.
- My cat dominates me (e.g. pursues me, attacks me, etc.))
- About other residents (people or pets, etc.)) my cat has complete control of common spaces (e.g. will obstruct other rooms or furniture)
- My cat hides in the corners and leaps up on pets or people (e.g. in corners or doors behind or worktops)
- My cat is extremely exuberant (e.g. is in “overdrive” and then becomes disorganized)
- My cat is a thorn in their prey; instead of killing it immediately.
Each prompt is a chance for cat owners to be able to respond to what they think their cat is doing in the following manner: absolutely nothing (1 point), somewhat very well (2 points), mildly (3 points), Very good (4 points) or very excellently (5 points. They may also decide whether the prompt is appropriate.
The scoring manual is at the bottom of the test, where you can score for each of the five components–bold, disinhibited, mean, pet-unfriendly, and human-unfriendly–and get your total Cat Triarchic Plus score.
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A score of more than five might mean that cats are more psychotic. However, that’s fine. Likely, you will still be in love with your cat, and scoring high on the pet-unfriendliness and disinhibition elements indicates a positive relationship between the pet and the pet’s owner, as per research.
Your cat scoring high in the meanness or boldness categories might indicate that your relationship has become more difficult. It’s best to hope that nothing a homemade pet treat will not solve.