Cats are Psychopaths, say scientists

FIREPAW, Inc.

Researchers have concluded that if cats were humans their behavior would be labeled “psychopathic”. In fact, the new study found that the average cat is likely harboring psychopathic tendencies.

Study overview

“Researchers surveyed pet owners to rate their cats’ level of psychopathy — as defined by human psychological standards. Their findings revealed that most cats fall somewhere on the spectrum of psychopathy — that is, on the “triarchic” concept of psychopathy, which uses levels of boldness, meanness and disinhibition to measure the psychiatric disorder in people.

The 46-question survey, which currently includes 549 participants, asked cat owners to rate whether their cat “torments their prey rather than killing it straight away,” “cat dominates neighborhood cat(s) (e.g. chases them, picks fights with them),” “is undeterred by punishment i.e. will repeat behaviors he/she is scolded for” and “vocalizes loudly (e.g. meows, yowls) for no apparent reason.” Responses were documented on a…

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