The study revealed that dominant, impulsive and neurotic behavior are the most common traits shared between the species. While that might be true, the same could be said about most animals that people keep as pets:
A total of 100 cats, from two different shelters in Scotland were used in the experiment, whilst the other animals were examined from zoos and animal sanctuaries in the UK and USA.
These findings might be interesting, but most house pets are also descended from larger predators. And knowing this information, what exactly do researchers want cat owners to do with it? Love your pets but prepare for the chance that they might turn on you and start a movement towards feline world domination.
‘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,' psychologist Dr. Max Wachtel told 9NEWS.
Predators: Researchers have examined the traits of 100 domestic cats and compared them with leopards
African lions from two different zoos in the UK and the USA were examined as part of the experiment
‘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,' Dr Wachtel said.
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