Study shows cats mirror their owners' personality traits

If you think your cat is exactly like you, you might be on to something.

A study from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom, reveals that cats are a reflection of their owners. 

Previous smaller-scale studies have found similar results, but this time round, more than 3,000 cat owners were asked personality questions in line with the Big Five Inventory. The study discovered that the strong traits displayed in cat owners were reflected in their furry friends, too. So, if an owner displayed a strong sense of anxiety, their cat would as well.

The study also found a connection between the amount of cats owned and neuroticism. The more cats, the more the owners showed a tendency to be introverted, non-agreeable and neurotic.

Further, in the argument on nature and nurture, the study compared the relationship between cats and their owners and dependent children and their parents. What they found was that 30 to 60 per cent of personality traits are inherited. 

In support of how our feline friends mirror our traits (both good and bad!) a 2013 study from the University of Messina's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Italy also found that cats adapt to their owners' lifestyle. 

So, perhaps next time you wonder why your cat has that weird personality quirk, you should wonder if you have it too! 

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