Researchers from the University of Edinburgh teamed with the Bronx Zoo to compare the personalities of the domestic house cat to those of different types of wildcats. In order to better understand cat personalities, cat experts rated a number of animals’ behaviors using the “Big-Five” human personality traits:

Openness to Experience

According to the research, domestic house cats and African lions have similar personality structures. Both have strong characteristics related to dominance, impulsiveness and neuroticism.

If you have ever thought your cat was anxious, insecure, tense, suspicious, or aggressive toward you, you aren’t making it up. If they were bigger, your cats would probably consider killing you.

But the news isn’t all bad: just like lions, house cats are also playful, excitable and impulsively hilarious.

They just aren’t very predictable: one moment cats will be enjoying belly scratches and purring, and the next moment they will be biting you to get you to stop.

According to 9NEWS Psychologist Dr. Max Wachtel, “It is good to understand the personality characteristics of our pets. Different cats have different personalities. But as a species, there are a lot of commonalities.”

Dr. Max also cautions, “They’re cute and furry and cuddly, but we need to remember when we have cats as pets, we are inviting little predators into our house.”

“For a lot of people, it is worth it. Cats can be fantastic, sweet companions. Until they turn on you.”



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