These aren’t the same thing

If your cat is overweight or suffering from behavioural problems it might be worth looking in the mirror to find the reason.

New research carried out by Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln has found a link between the personalities of cat owners and the behaviour and wellbeing of their pets.

The findings suggest that, just as a parent’s personality can affect the personality of a child, the same is true for a cat and their owner.

My personality affecting your is one thing. My behaviour affecting your behaviour another.

Say I kick the cat every time I enter the room. It’s only a pussy as dumb as Anna Soubry who’s going to sit quietly as I enter the room, isn’t it?

But that I’m a miser doesn’t mean that cat’s going to start storing mice heads.

7 thoughts on “These aren’t the same thing”

  1. Not sure I’d trust research from Nottingham Teacher Training College and the Hull School of Art. Was it a final year bachelor’s dissertation?

  2. Survey-based ‘science’ from a couple of 2nd rate universities, with a write-up by the Dreary Terriblegraph. Forgive me if I reject it out of hand.

  3. I’m with MC here. Bullshit fake science. I’ve had enough cats in my time and both personality and behaviour was specific to the individual cat. All got treated the same.

  4. I’d be more interested if they’d found having an overweight cat makes you overweight.

    Given that generally the power dynamic between a cat and its human leans in favour of the cat, I’d hazard a guess that this is more likely to be the direction that the causation runs…

  5. cant comment on the quality of evidence in the quoted study. But Cats (all domesticated animals, really) will absolutely develop behavioural problems if people mistreat them. It creates a dynamic where the animal fears the person, but also likely relies on them for sustenance, which will cause significant stress in the poor animal. Stress in animals usually manifests as a ‘behavioural’ issue (e.g. hiding, aggression, excessive grooming, other ‘obsessive’ behaviours), as animals have no other way of expressing negative emotion/releasing tension associated with those emotions. More indirectly, if you have a personality that leads to the creation of a dull environment for the cat (e.g. you are aloof, have no interest in interacting with the cat, do not see the cat as worthy of any consideration (e.g. do not buy toys for him, play with him, offer any form of stimulation) then this cat with become bored and will also likely develop behavioural issues as a consequence.
    If you think you cannot cause behavioural issues in your pet by being a shitty pet owner, you are very wrong.
    The same mechanisms can also occur with children. However, you expect children to be more similar to their parents overall because of the whole genetics hoopla.

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