Uh, cat owners, we have some news.
Whether it’s good or bad news depends on your cat… and you.
If your cat is anxious, aggressive or lazy, a new study suggests a look in the mirror might help you understand why.
Research by Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln in the UK has found a link between the personalities of owners and the behaviour of their cats through surveying more than 3000 cat owners.
The relationship between parent personality and the development, behaviour and wellbeing of children is well established and the findings published in the Plos One journal suggest that the same is true of owners and their cats.
The study results found evidence that lower levels of owner neuroticism – defined as individuals more likely to show hostility and suffer from anxiety, anger, depressions, self-consciousness, impulsiveness and vulnerability – may be more beneficial for cats, the same conclusions found in parent-child studies.
Owners with higher levels of neuroticism were more like to have cats with greater aggression, anxiety, weight issues and ongoing medical conditions.
Dr Lauren Finka, Postdoctoral researcher in animal welfare in Nottingham Trent University and co-author of the study told the Telegraph that many owners consider their pets as family members and form close social bonds with them.