- Publish Date
- Friday, 10 December 2021, 3:53PM
Have you ever wondered what's going on inside your cat's adorable mind?
It's easy to throw the psychopath label at our furry friends when they're doing something bizarre, like batting a terrified mouse or fighting each other from halfway up the Christmas tree.
But now scientists have come up with a test that might give you some idea of where your feline friend fits on what's known as the triarchic model of psychopathy.
Researchers at the UK's University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University developed the test to find out how a kitty's personality affects its relationship with its owner.
To create the test, the researchers asked 549 people about their cats' levels of boldness, meanness and inhibition – the three traits that make up the model of psychopathy in humans.
The quiz, called the CAT-Tri+, is a list of 46 statements about your cat and you rank how much your pet fits each statement.
They include how adventurous your cat is when exploring, how it reacts to danger, how it responds to other cats, whether or not it needs constant stimulation, and how well it follows house rules.
The ultimate aim of the study is to give us a better understanding of our cats. Those that score more highly for boldness might benefit from spending more time with scratching posts or climbing obstacles, for example.
The research team is also hoping that a psychological study like this could be used to help animal shelters rehome cats by identifying compatible owners.
Take the test HERE: https://osf.io/ysb9z/.