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Cat owners' personalities may be influencing the behaviour of their pets, new research suggests.
Research carried out by the University of Lincoln and Nottingham Trent University investigated the relationship between the different personalities of cat owners and the behaviour and wellbeing of their furry friends.
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The findings suggest that, just as a parent's personality can affect the personality of a child, the same may be true for a cat and their owner.
The research involved surveying more than 3,000 predominantly UK-based cat owners. As part of the study, the researchers asked questions about owners' personalities, as well as their cat's behaviour, health and lifestyle.
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The results showed similar findings to previous research conducted on parent-child relationships. For example, human personality studies have shown that the trait neuroticism is strongly linked with negative outcomes for a child. These include poorer physical and mental health, as well as generally lower quality of life. This new study found a parallel, with higher levels of neuroticism in cat owners perhaps leading to the negative wellbeing of their pets.
It was also found that owners who scored higher on the neuroticism scale were more likely to report their cats as having a 'behavioural problem," displaying more aggressive and anxious/fearful behavioural styles and more stress-related sickness behaviours, as well as having an ongoing medical condition and being overweight.
Owner - Personality - Traits
Owner personality traits were also found to correlate more positively with...
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