A test to find out if your cat is a psychopath

Cats are sometimes difficult to understand. They can even be ruthless. Bad guys. Do you see what I’m talking about ? Then the questionnaire developed by researchers at the University of Liverpool is certainly for you. It should help you assess your cat’s level of psychopathy. And why not, find solutions to soothe your relationship.

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If i tell you psychopath, do you immediately think of Hannibal Lecter? Or maybe to Dexter? Or to Anton Chigurh, the big bad of No country for old men? Annie Wilkes, the furious fan of Misery? Or in real life, to Jeffrey Dahmer? But you have to admit that you also have serious doubts about … your cat!

Is your cat a psychopath? Or is he just … a little temperamental? From scientists from the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom) offer you today to find out. Thanks to a questionnaire available online which allows, according to them, to evaluate the psychopathic tendencies of our adored tomcats. To develop it, they relied on thousands of cats-humans relations.

Recall that psychopathy is defined as a personality disorder. It is characterized by persistent antisocial behavior, an absence – or at least an alteration – ofempathy and remorse as well as bold, uninhibited and selfish features. Among the conceptualizations of this disorder which coexist today, let us quote the triarchical model at the base of the work of the researchers of the University of Liverpool. He emphasizes three observable characteristics: daring – reflected in great self-confidence and significant tolerance for stress and danger -, disinhibition – which corresponds to a lack of impulse control – and wickedness – characterized by the lack of attachment to others.

Improve the cat-human relationship

Your chat exploring dangerous environments like the neighbor’s garden where a mean dog roams. Does he chase other cats? Does it torment its prey? Is he running into your apartment for no reason? Does he obey the rules of your house? Does he suddenly change his mood? Does he ever scream for no apparent reason? Does he enjoy caresses? From 46 such questions, the researchers promise to return you an estimate of your cat’s level of psychopathy. With the aim of helping you improve your relations with him.

The researchers point out that it is probable that all cats present at least one or the other of the characteristics of psychopathy. The heavy heritage of their ancestors forced them to struggle endlessly to access food, land or even mating. However, some of these characteristics associated with psychopathy are regularly invoked during the abandonment of cats.

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The work of researchers at the University of Liverpool shows that the disinhibition and hostility of a cat towards pets can be synonymous with better relationships with humans. On the other hand, wickedness and daring appear to be detrimental. But solutions – other than abandonment – can be found. Like everything else, provide your cat with obstacles to climb or objects to scratch.

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