This blog has covered many relevant topics on pets as a whole - but I'll be honest, thus far dogs dominate the main focus. So this week I have summoned the crazy cat lady inside to talk about, well, cats! In the world of cats, the latest scoop reveals that now cats can take their own customized personality tests, conducted by researchers at the University of South Australia.
What kind of personality does your cat have?
Owners of 2,800 cats in New Zealand and Australia ranked their cats on a scale of 1 to 7 on 52 different behaviors. So really, the test was taken by their humans, but the research was able to discover distinct personality types in our feline companions. Just like how we psychologically have traits and archetypes that compose our personalities, cats have these as well. The "Big Five" traits are skittishness, outgoingness, dominance, spontaneity, and friendliness.
This is the first personality study to use results from such a large sample of domestic cats. A significant amount of participating kitties fell in the middle of the spectrum on most traits, with little variation between genders, or indoor vs. outdoor. Hopefully American cats will be able to take part in the personality research soon, as Karin Brulliard from The Washington Post reports that researchers in North Carolina are looking to expand the study to the states!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.