Research from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln has discovered that the links between cat owners personality and the behaviour of their pets is closely linked.
If you’re anxious, your cat is likely to be anxious too
The research, which was released by PLOS ONE, asked 3,000 UK cat owners about their personality, as well as their cat’s health, lifestyle and behavioural patterns.
The results show that people who are prone to anxiety, depression, anger or loneliness often had pets with behavioural issues such as aggression, fearfulness and stress. They were also more likely to be overweight or have medical problems.
And it’s the same the other way round, too. Those who were happy, calm and positive owners had happier, healthier pets. Crazy, right?!
Your personality can affect the welfare of your pets
Speaking to The Telegraph, postdoctoral researcher in animal welfare, Dr. Lauren Finka, said:
“Many owners consider their pets as a family member, forming close social bonds with them.
It’s therefore very possible that pets could be affected by the way we interact with and manage them, and that both these factors are in turn influenced by our personality differences.
The majority of owners want to provide the best care for their cats, and these results highlight an important relationship between our personalities and the wellbeing of our pets."
Is your cat your mini-me?
We found these findings super interesting and will definitely be taking a closer look at our pet’s behaviours and seeing if we notice the link. It comes as no surprise, though - they do spend most of their time with us, after all!
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