This is why you may think your cat is a psychopath

A survey attempted to explore the reasoning behind the perceived psychopathy rampant in our feline companions. You know The Cheshire Cat certainly was.

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Cats are pretty universally understood to be the more sinister of the two favorite factions of our four-legged companions. A survey published by a graduate student at the University of Liverpool attempted to explore the reasoning behind the perceived psychopathy rampant in our feline companions.

The respondents occasioned the aggression exhibited by their cats towards their family members, the bullying of other animals, and claiming their dog sibling’s beds as their own, as reasons why they’re convinced their cats are over the bend.


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How EQ works with Cats

Purring is an obvious one but there are less ostensible ways that cats exercise affection.  For instance, cats may not be able to smile proper, but the act of head butting leaves their pheromones on their owner-an act meant to confess a  sense of trust and loyalty.

Or what about making muffins, alternatively known as kneading. That weird thing cats do, where they give you a purryslightly claw-filled massage on your stomach or back? Experts say that’s your cat saying it’s comfortable.

Because cats are so territorial they might not leap for joy the same way your dog does at the prospect of going outside but it’s not indifference, it’s anxiety.

Your cat might leave you gifts like dead birds. It’s a little morbid, sure, but the idea is sorta sweet if you can stomach it: It’s a helpful gesture meant to show owners how they can hunt and gather food on their own.

For cats, emotional intelligence is all in the ears and the position of the tail. Pointed ears, facing back, as many already know, is meant to signal angst, conversely ears tilted forward advertises an animal in the mood to horse around. Similarly, a waggly upward tail shows that you have a happy, cherubic and approachable cat.

Evolutionary Setbacks?

 collected data from various sources to better understand why cats read so much less friendly than canines do.  Postdoctoral researcher on cat behavior at the University of California at Davis, Mikel Maria Delgado, illuminated the inherent differences in facial structure that makes it difficult to absorb emotional responses from cats with as much ease.

Delgado suggests years spent being domesticating by humans to better mimic the way we evidence emotion gives dogs an edge over cats. Puppies raise their eyebrows in that innocent vulnerable way that cows into adopting them. When your dog knocks over your laptop, they offer this furry grimace of remorse. They can seem to know how to smile?

“We like things that remind us of us,” Delgado told Zhang, “We like smiling. We like dogs doing what we tell them. We like that they attend to us very quickly. They make a lot of eye contact.”

Your cat isn’t a psychopath (most likely), they just exhibit emotions more subtle than man’s best friend.


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CW Headley|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at cheadley@theladders.com.