Most people live with pets that they can no longer do without. Some love the affection and loyalty of canines, others have a clear preference for enigmatic and fascinating felines. Those who prefer cats know that their daily life is always full of twists and turns, because you are never bored with them. It is also necessary to be very observant to try to better identify and understand them. So pay attention to all the details. According to some researchers, due to their heritage and their behavior, most cats have a tendency to psychopathy. How do you know if your cat is a psychopath? A few tell-tale signs can put you on the alert.
Domestic cats can be very affectionate: their soft purring when they welcome you home remains one of the best moments of the day. But, all feline owners will tell you, they are particularly versatile and unpredictable. They can thus go from an absolute tenderness to an aggressive mood in the blink of an eye. For no apparent reason, your cat may bare its claws or ignore you for hours. What leave you perplexed and helpless.
Has he ever attacked you during the night in full sleep? Do you find it hard to bear his sudden agitation or his incomprehensible phases of violence? The felines never give us respite, so much do they change their moods without warning. It is true that they are very difficult to identify: their changing behavior has something to challenge us. Cats are also known to be a species apart, quite wild and solitary. They are often said to be manipulative, selfish, dominating, insensitive, temperamental, moody…so many character traits linked to psychopathy. Precisely, according to recent research, a new hypothesis tends to show that most of them could indeed have a psychopathic personality.
A meowing cat – Source: spm
The behavior of cats can be perceived as a real enigma for many owners. Whether it’s a purebred cat or a feline, they have very different personalities and habits. Some of them like to show their love on a daily basis, others seem to be very independent and detached from their master.
However, as a rule, cats rarely betray what they really feel. When they do, you have to be on the lookout to try to decipher their messages. Just watch their every move. Because even if you adore your furball, certain behaviors escape you and you find it very difficult to grasp their meaning. Faced with his sudden mood swings, admit that this idea often crosses your mind: “either my cat is bipolar, or he’s a psychopath!” “. Well, you don’t think so well say. Many experts have studied the relationship between cats and their owners. And, according to some studies, certain details are not misleading: your cat may indeed have psychopathic behaviors.
Cats often behave in a strange way
A cat staring – Source: spm
Dogs and cats are great pets: it would even appear, according to psychologists, that having them would have an impact on reducing stress, increased mental well-being and longevity of life. However, a recent British study revealed that our cats could be psychopaths. Some cat owners would not be very surprised!
Apparently, some very specific criteria prove this theory. In particular certain recurring character traits, such as wickedness between humans and other animals, disinhibition, audacity, insensitivity, independence or even manipulation. As you probably know, the cat is naturally independent, autonomous and solitary. Consequently, the sociological notions of morality or empathy fail him. This lack of social cohesion is already in itself proof of a psychopathic manifestation.
Many owners also often complain of the strange and aggressive behavior of their cats: they like torment their prey, are particularly violent with neighboring animals, can’t stand people stepping on their territory, not to mention their jealousy and possessiveness. “My cat tortures its prey instead of killing it immediately“. “My cat starts meowing or howling deafeningly for no apparent reason“. « My cat is sometimes calm and serene, sometimes very excited and agitated without rational explanation“… these are the testimonies of some owners of cats with strange behavior.
Do you think your cat is a psychopath? Some signs are very telling. Among them, these should appeal to you:
- Lack of empathy: although he socializes near us and likes to be pampered, the cat is known for his ingratitude and lack of compassion. He can turn his back on us at any minute. Emotions and feelings are not really his cup of tea. Therefore, if he does not want to come to you, even if you beg him for hours, nothing will take that idea away from him. His wild nature can quickly take over and he prefers to isolate himself than to console you in a moment of sadness. Obviously, things have to be nuanced, because it is not systematic. Don’t think your cat doesn’t like you. Tell yourself that if he agrees to stay with you, you are bringing him a source of well-being. Otherwise, it would have been a long time since he would have left the premises!
- He attacks you: know one thing, your cat never attacks by chance, there is always a very specific reason behind its scratches or bites. Either by instinct, or to protect its territory, or even to defend itself for fear of a possible threat. If you pet him in places he doesn’t like or if he feels attacked in some way, he may get angry and lash out at you. His aggressiveness can also be explained by some specific disorders, such as discomfort or illness. Either way, don’t give in to his outbursts of violence. From an early age, he must be trained and respond to his attacks firmly.
- He is bold: insofar as it is independent and autonomous, the cat often takes rather reckless initiatives. Like finding yourself at the top of a tree or at the very top of the roof of the house to play predator. It is also capable of sneaking into the neighbor’s house in an attempt to find food. He has audacity in his blood! Not sure he always makes it, but he likes to take risks and nothing seems to stop him.
- He is not afraid: this goes a little bit with his daring nature. As he seems insensitive to danger, this daredevil seems ready to brave all the most extreme situations. But that would surely be one of the most telling signs of his psychopathy. Because, in general, cats are known to be quite fearful, fearful and cautious. The slightest noise can startle them and any change in everyday life can upset them.
- It becomes hostile (to other people and other animals) : precisely, we come back to fear. When he senses imminent danger, fears that his territory is threatened or fears for his own survival, the cat is capable of becoming very aggressive, even violent. Therefore, instead of running away, some will start screaming, kicking or scratching. It is usually a defense mechanism. But if his hostility is repeated regularly, it’s because he has a rather serious discomfort.
- He becomes dominant: wanting to dominate his peers is instinctive for him. The feline with the soul of a leader. He likes to impose his own rules. Hence his need to manipulate his master and see everything controlled. But when he goes to extremes and begins, for example, to disobey you, then you have to take action. If his dominance is excessive and he takes precedence over you, it is because he has not been trained correctly. A crop is necessary!
What do the specialists say?
An aggressive cat – Source: spm
Researchers from the University of Liverpool and the John Moores University of Liverpool have extensively considered the issue of psychopathic personality in cats. Following their study, they defined a questionnaire to help cat owners better assess the situation. This is the famous CAT-Tri+, the very first test available to everyone to measure psychopathy in cats.
Rebecca Evans, principal researcher, said: “We believe that, like any other personality trait, psychopathy lies on a continuum in which some cats will always seek more than they already have (…). It is likely that all cats exhibit an element of psychopathy, as this would have been helpful to their ancestors in acquiring resources, such as food, land to live in, and mating opportunities”
Naturally, in the comfortable surroundings of your home, your cat has nothing to complain about. Despite his sometimes disturbing character traits, you have nothing to fear. You just have to train him well and carefully observe his behavior when he is alone or outside.
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