Scientists Create Test to Find Out if Your Cat Is a Psychopath

Lydia Veljanovski - Newsweek
go to original
December 10, 2021

Do you ever wonder if your cat might be a psychopath? Perhaps they seem disinterested when you're upset, or they like to toy with dead mice?

Well, now there is a way to find out for is your feline possesses a lack of empathy, or really is just a fluffy bundle of joy.

A group of scientists at Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool, both in the United Kingdom, have teamed up to develop a detailed questionnaire you can use to see if your pet has psychopathic traits.

There are 46 statements in the test, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, and pet owners have to rate on a five-point scale how accurate these are.

Examples of these include: "My cat torments their prey rather than killing it straight away", "my cat vocalizes loudly (e.g meows, yowls) for no apparent reason", and "my cat is very excitable (e.g goes into 'overdrive' and becomes uncoordinated)".

The results of the test will then go towards measuring the animal's levels of 'meanness' ie. character traits include a lack of empathy and callous aggression.

It will also track the cat's "disinhibition", which relates to problems with behavioral restraint, and 'boldness', which can be characterized by low levels of fear and social dominance.

See the original at Newsweek

Related: Do Dogs Like TV? Americans Are Finding Out as We Try to Ease Their (and Our) Separation Anxiety (Washington Post)

  Learn about Paraiso Felino Cat Shelter

  Learn about Protectora Puro Gato y Perro

We invite you to add your charity or supporting organizations' news stories and coming events to PVAngels so we can share them with the world. Do it now!

Celebrate a Healthy Lifestyle

Coronavirus - How You Can HelpFrom activities like hiking, swimming, bike riding and yoga, to restaurants offering healthy menus, Vallarta-Nayarit is the ideal place to continue - or start - your healthy lifestyle routine.

News & Views to Staying Healthy

From the Bay & Beyond

Discover Vallarta-Nayarit

Banderas Bay offers 34 miles of incomparable coastline in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit, and home to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit's many great destinations.