Cats, or as many people call them, evil, have been sneaking into the hearts of unsuspecting humans for years in the form of harmless and adorable kittens. Now, there’s proof that they just might want to kill you.
A new study from the University of Edinburgh and Bronx Zoo has compared domestic cats with their wild counterparts and found that they still share the same characteristics of aggression and neurotic behavior.
They used a method called the ‘Big Five’ personality test which tests Openness to Experience, Extraversion/Introversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Neuroticism. They tested a total of 100 cats from different shelters in both the US and UK along with snow leopard, the Scottish wildcat and the African lion.
Dr Max Wachtel, one of the scientists involved in the study had this to say:
‘They’re cute and furry and cuddly, but we need to remember when we have cats as pets, we are inviting little predators into our house. For a lot of people, it is worth it. Cats can be fantastic, sweet companions. Until they turn on you. Only their size prevents the cat from being able to unleash its full predatory qualities. It is good to understand the personality characteristics of our pets. Different cats have different personalities. But as a species, there are a lot of commonalities’.