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If the cat is always in a bad mood, you should rethink your personality
"Like the dog, so the owner," is a popular saying. A large English study recently showed that this wisdom can be transferred much more to cats. A survey of more than 3,000 cat owners confirmed that cats can reflect the personality of their owner.
Researchers from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln investigated whether the cat owner's personalities affect the behavior and well-being of their furry roommates. The results show that there are parallels between the personality of the cat owner and the animals. The study was recently published in the renowned journal "Plos one".
Behavior of the owner does not leave the animals without a trace
Similar to previous studies on the parent-child relationship, the new study shows that the behavior of cat owners does not leave the animals without a trace. During the research, the personality traits of the participants were determined and compared with the behavior of the animals.
Cats as a mirror of the soul
If the participants in the personality test had an increased level of neuroticism, the four-legged friends showed more behavioral problems. They were more aggressive, fearful, and stressed on average. Neuroticism is one of the five important personality traits in psychology and determines, among other things, the tendency to nervousness, irritability, moodiness, the tendency to sadness and melancholy, satisfaction and sensitivity to stress in a person.
Conscientiousness makes cats gentle
Another personality value that has a strong influence on cats is conscientiousness. This value provides information, for example, on the level of self-control, accuracy, determination, sense of duty, striving for performance, self-discipline and prudence. Participants with a high level of conscientiousness had more cats who were more trusting and showed less fearful and aggressive behaviors.
Cats are like family members
"Many owners consider their pets as family members and form close social ties with them," reports co-author Dr. Lauren Finka of Nottingham Trent University in a press release on the study results. Therefore, it is very likely that the way we treat the animals affects the personality of the cats.
Further studies have to provide the final proof
"We are learning more and more that the wellbeing of pets is determined by the underlying nature of the owner," adds Professor Mark Farnworth. So far, however, this has been an observation. Further investigations are needed to substantiate the connection. (vb)