23:57 Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Are you kitten us?
Every pet has their own unique personality but a new study has discovered that cat owners can actually pass on their personality traits to their furry friends.
Research from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln found parallels between parent-child relationships and animal-owner relationships.
Just as a parent’s personality can affect the personality of a child, the same is true for a cat and their owner.
Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 UK-based cat owners. Owner personality was measured using the Big Five Inventory (BFI) to assess traits such as agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion, neuroticism and openness.
Owners also provided information concerning the physical health, breed type, management and behavioural styles of their cats.
They discovered that people who rated higher in neuroticism had cats with more behavioural problems. Their cats were also more likely to be overweight, have ongoing medical problems, as well as little access to the outdoors.
In contrast, owners with higher rates of extroversion had cats who could come and go as they pleased, while higher owner conscientiousness was associated with the cat displaying less anxious and aggressive behaviour.
And people who rated higher in agreeableness had a greater likelihood of their cats being of a normal weight.