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

Have you ever wondered if your cat is mentally ill? Maybe they seem uninterested when you’re upset, or like to play with dead mice?

Well, now there is a way to tell if your cats are lacking in empathy, or if they are really just a fluffy bundle of joy.

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

There are 46 statements in the test, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, and pet owners must rate their accuracy on a five-point scale.

Examples include: “My cat is torturing its prey rather than killing it on the spot,” “My cat is talking loudly (eg, meowing, squeaking) for no apparent reason,” and “My cat is very irritable (eg, she goes to ‘increase’). speed “and becomes uncoordinated)”.

The test results will then go toward measuring the animal’s levels of ‘meanness’. Personality traits include a lack of empathy and cruel aggression.

It will also track cats’ “disinhibition,” which relates to behavioral self-control problems, and “daring,” which can be characterized by low levels of fear and social control.

The test, called the CAT-Tri+, also assesses a pet’s unfriendliness toward people and other cats.

However, experts actually feel that most cats likely have at least some element of psychopathy in their personality.

Lead researcher Rebecca Evans said: “We believe that like any other personality trait, psychopathy is persistent, with some cats scoring higher than others.

“It is likely that all cats had an element of psychopathy as it would have been beneficial to their ancestors in terms of access to resources, for example, food, area, and mating opportunities.”

Evans also explained that test results can help veterinarians or pet owners identify undesirable behavior and make necessary improvements for the animal’s benefit.

This, in turn, may help reduce the number of cats that are sent to shelters or euthanized.

“A cat with a high score on the Audacity scale may benefit from large cat trees and tall scratching poles, as Cat-Tri+ items indicate that a bold cat enjoys exploration and climbing,” she explained.

Stock photo of a cat looking grumpy. Scientists have developed a new test to see if your cat has psychopathic traits.

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