better than an online personality test? An online
cat personality test.
Researchers in Australia are now administering them, and they've found
something interesting: Cats are not too different from us.
Many psychologists subscribe to the theory that all people have five
broad personality traits, known as the "Big Five": extraversion,
agreeableness, openness to experience, conscientiousness and neuroticism.
And cats, the team at the University of South Australia has found, have
their own Big Five.
They drew this conclusion after administering personality tests to about
2,800 domestic cats in Australia and New Zealand. Needless to say, the
tests were completed by the felines' owners, who ranked their pets on
a scale of 1 to 7 for each of 52 behaviors and traits, including "clumsy," "reckless" and "vocal."
By aggregating the responses about those micro-traits, a computer analysis
revealed five broad feline personality dimensions, and it gave the cats
scores for each one.
Three of the "Feline Five" traits correspond to those in humans,
said Philip Roetman, who leads "citizen science" projects for
the university, including the cat research.
Here are the Feline Five:
1. Skittishness - This one's akin to neuroticism in people. Cats that
earned high skittishness scores are more anxious and fearful; calm and
trusting cats had low scores.
2. Outgoingness - This is the equivalent of extroversion in humans. Highly
outgoing cats are curious and active; those with low scores are aimless
and "quitting," according to the test.
3. Dominance - This one belongs just to felines. Cats that are bullying
and aggressive to their peers got high scores; cats that are friendly
and submissive to other felines scored low.
4. Spontaneity - Another one that's cat-specific. High scores indicate
impulsive, erratic cats; low scores went to predictable, constrained
5. Friendliness - This is akin to agreeableness in people. Highly friendly
cats tend to be affectionate, while those with low scores are solitary
Previous research using feline personality tests focused on wild and
shelter cats, but the Australia study is the first to analyze personality
test results from a large number of domestic cats. Most of the participants
fell somewhere in the middle for each trait, Roetman said.
Older cats tended to be slightly more dominant and less outgoing than
younger ones, Roetman said. But there were no significant variations
between genders, or between cats in New Zealand and Australia.
And most important to Roetman, the results revealed no major personality
differences between indoor and outdoor cats. He said that finding could
be helpful in cat "management," which is a huge topic in Australia,
where politicians have declared "war" on the predatory feral
cats they accuse of driving out native species.
Some Australians worry that keeping their cats inside will negatively
affect their personalities, Roetman said. But most cats rank as typical
whether they're behind closed doors or roaming the streets, which is "really
good news for people who keep their cats indoors," he said. "The
research suggests that it's actually okay to cats."
Cat owners received charts showing where their cat fell on the spectrum
for each trait and suggestions about how to interpret them. Highly skittish
cats would benefit from hiding spots at home, it might note, and cats
with low spontaneity scores "may enjoy routine."
" What I've found talking to cat owners about these results is that they
intuitively make sense," Roetman said.
The study is only open to cats in South Australia at the moment. But
there's good news for U.S. cat lovers who like online personality tests
(and we assume there must be a decent overlap): Researchers in North
Carolina are planning to expand the study to include American cats, Roetman
22, 2015 - "What greater gift than the love of a cat?" -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Photobomb's awaayyyyyy!"
Mewvie: How to put your cat in a trance.
Feline Art: By Shepherd
23, 2015 - "It's really the cat's house--we just pay
the mortgage." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: "We are not amused."
Mewvie: Cat racing? No... just.... no.
Art: "The cucumber Incident" by Jason Davis.
burglar loves your underpants by Ben Hooper
HAMILTON, New Zealand, March 22 (UPI) -- A New Zealand woman said her
cat has a funny way of showing her affection: with gifts of men's underwear
and socks stolen from an unknown source.
Sarah Nathan of Hamilton posted a photo to Facebook showing off some
of the about 30 pairs of men's boxer briefs and more than 100 socks her
Tonkinese cat, Brigit, has been bringing home as a tribute to her owner.
"She's showing her love by bringing me underpants," Nathan told the
CBC's As it Happens.
"You can't not notice it when a pair of stripey men's underpants arrives
in your hallway when you're living in an all-girl house," Nathan said.
Nathan said she has been putting flyers up around her neighborhood in
the hope of identifying the owner of the pilfered undergarments. A photo
of one of Nathan's flyers was posted to Reddit.
"I'm pretty sure the underwear is coming from the same source," she
Nathan said Brigit has a history of thieving and used to take children's
toys and clothing from neighbors when they lived in Beerescourt.
"Keeping cats indoors isn't common in New Zealand," Nathan told the
BBC. "Brigit doesn't hunt birds or wildlife so it seems unnecessary and
our neighbors have been very good natured about it."
"But we are moving to the country soon so hopefully she will run out of
opportunity!" she said.
24, 2015 - "It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens
(Alice had once made the remark) that whatever you say
to them, they /always/ purr."- Lewis Carroll
Gratuitous Kittiness: "You talkin' to me?"
Mewvie: Such lazy kitties.
Feline Art: Artist unknown.
25, 2015 - "Cats do care. For example, they know instinctively
what time we have to be at work in the morning; and they
wake us up twenty minutes before the alarm goes off."
- Michael Nelson
Gratuitous Kittiness: Synchronized sleeping.
Mewvie: Boots builds an igloo.
Art: More cat art by Taku.
cat is on a bucket-list adventure.
(CANTON, Md.) — Tigger, a 21-year-old cat, is living out his final
days by embarking on a bucket list adventure with his two loving owners.
We want to do fun things with him until he tells us, ‘Ok, this
isn’t so fun for me anymore,” Adriene Buisch of Canton, Maryland,
told ABC News. “He’s become a little local celebrity. I took
him to the beach and he met people, played in the sand, got his head
scratched. … He loved it.”
Buisch, 31, said she and her boyfriend, Michael, adopted Tigger last
year after reading on Facebook that he was abandoned at a local veterinary
Tigger was abandoned by his owners who informed the vet that he is 21
years old, Buisch said.
The feline’s fur was matted down, he was diagnosed with kidney
failure and later, multiple tumors were found on his body.
“Being his age and having kidney failure, he’s not a candidate for
surgery,” said Buisch, who works for Charm City Veterinary Hospital in
Baltimore. “He’s a love bug. We crack up because his body is 21,
but we swear his mind is 2 [years old].”
In an effort to fill his final days with love and excitement, Buisch
started a bucket list for Tigger and began documenting it on Tigger’s
very own Facebook page.
Tigger recently crossed some items off his list, including a day at the
beach, a road trip to Washington, D.C., a stroll in the neighborhood
and an ugly Christmas sweater photo.
Buisch said his next adventures include a blind date with a female cat
and, to satisfy his love of the outdoors, a trip to the waterfront and
a boat ride complete with a personal flotation device.
“ He’ll strut his stuff down the sidewalk and there’s people
everywhere, dogs, so we definitely think he’s had exposure to the outside,” Buisch
said. “We’ve walked around for nearly two hours because he was loving
it so much. He’s been rambunctious lately, but on the upside, he loves
“ He’s the type of cat that if you look at him and pet him and stopped,
he’ll grab you,” Buisch said. “It’s the little things
we see, the little things in his personality. I can’t tell you how good
it makes us feel. It’s just hard because we got attached very quickly.”
Tigger has over 1,900 followers on his Facebook page.
Buisch said people from around the world are suggesting items to add
to her cat’s bucket list.