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How to check whether your cat is a psychopath: Tormenting its prey, meowing loudly could be signs

How to check whether your cat is a psychopath: Tormenting its prey, meowing loudly could be signs
Psychologists studied the relationships between thousands of cats and their owners to develop a detailed questionnaire you can use to analyse your pet - and find out if it is a psychopath.

Psychologists studied the relationships between thousands of cats and their owners to develop a detailed questionnaire, the CAT-Tri+, which you can use to analyse your pet Called the CAT-Tri+, it is the first ever tool available to measure psychopathy in cats, said the researchers, from Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moores University.Miss Evans, a psychologist at Liverpool University, said the questionnaire can be used by owners or vets to highlight undesirable behaviours and make improvements to the cats’ environments that suit their character.Examples include: ‘My cat torments their prey rather than killing it straight away’; ‘my cat vocalises loudly (eg meows, yowls) for no apparent reason’; and ‘my cat is very excitable (eg goes into ‘overdrive’ and becomes uncoordinated)’.Lead researcher Rebecca Evans said: ‘We believe that like any other personality trait, psychopathy is on a continuum, where some cats will score more highly than others.

Lead researcher Rebecca Evans said: ‘We believe that like any other personality trait, psychopathy is on a continuum, where some cats will score more highly than others' (stock image) ‘A cat that has a high score on the boldness scale may benefit from large cat trees and tall scratching posts, as the Cat-Tri+ items suggest that a bold cat enjoys exploring and climbing,’ she said.Psychologists studied the relationships between thousands of cats and their owners to develop a detailed questionnaire you can use to analyse your pet.

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