A study by a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the Bronx Zoo have claimed that cats are neurotic predators that have the same “killer instinct” as lions and other wildcats and they would probably kill you if they were bigger.
The study entitled “Personality Structure in the Domestic Cat (Felis silvestris catus), Scottish Wildcat (Felis silvestris grampia), Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia), and African Lion (Panthera leo), ” analysed the similarity in behavior between domestic cats and various wildcats and examined their behaviors using the “Big-Five” human personality traits: Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion/Introversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism.
So the researchers, after examining a hundred cats from Scottish shelters, found that domestic house cats have the same three dominant personality structures as African lions – Neuroticism, Impulsiveness, and Dominance.
“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.” said Dr. Max Wachtel, 9NEWS Psychologist in statement at 9NEWS
“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.”
Hat Tip: 9NEWS, CNET