Why Cat Behaviors May Reflect the Personality Traits of Their Owners
'Birds of a feather flock together,' as the expression goes. Many studies have shown that this is true in human interactions — even though one could argue that relationships between opposites are the best way to grow as an individual in society — and research is beginning to suggest that it is also true in human-cat relationships.
So, how are you like your cat?
Professor Richard Wiseman highlighted in a study that pets and their owners are more alike than you think. They share a sense of humor, taste, and sociability...and their bond grows stronger over time. Pets can be seen as a reflection of their owners because they mimic their behavior, such as eating habits and reactions to certain situations.
I've often noticed that they appear to be stressed about the same things that I am. Another study found that the more owners showed signs of worry and nervousness, the more likely their cat was to reciprocate these signs.
I also realized that my cats began their days with me and expressed hunger at mealtimes, which led me to believe that they had begun to mimic my habits, just as a child does with their parents. This was the conclusion of a study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, which discovered that cats who lived close to their owners changed their eating and sleeping habits.
Even though this is more of a correlation than causation, it can help us think about our behaviors and why we react in certain social situations.
Why is this a useful fact?
Knowing that cats can mimic their owners' personalities can help us better understand ourselves. However, this does not place the emphasis on the cats and their well-being.
Indeed, this can help us support and assist them on a daily basis to ensure their mental and physical health. We know how to soothe some of our issues as humans, and we may be able to soothe our cats' as well.