Cats are soft and friendly creatures who always need love and care. Loving cats have loving owners. It’s natural for owners to believe their pets share their personality traits. A scientific research demonstrates that felines can mirror their owners’ personality traits, particularly when there is a close bond between the two. Relationships are a two-way process and, if you enjoy a lot of time with your kitty, she will mirror your love and attention. In other words, affectionate and playful owners bring out the same personality traits in their furry friends. Playing with your pet encourages her to be more playful. Giving cuddles on demand the way felines prefer it, you’ll get lots of head butts and purrs.
A new study has revealed that our feline friends are actually just copycats; their personalities often mimic their owners. The researchers determined that cats and their owners strongly influenced each other, such that they were each often controlling the other’s behaviors.
According animal behavior experts from Lincoln University, cats were less likely to be allowed outdoors by “neurotic” owners. This, in turn, made their pets more likely to have behavioral problems like scratching furniture, and being anxious or fearful. more stress-related sickness behaviours, as well as having an ongoing medical condition and being overweight.
The results suggest that, just as a parent’s personality can affect the personality of a child, the same may be true for a cat and their owner. For this study, scientists ran personality tests on 3,300 cats and their owners. Additional cat experts outside of the study have confirmed the validity of the study’s findings.
“Cats are a mini-me. They are sentient creatures strongly affected by people around them,” said Danielle Gunn-Moore, a professor of feline medicine at Edinburgh University.
The research concluded that owners’ personality traits may be integral to the wellbeing of our pets, similar to that of parent-child relationship.