A new research study on personality type and cat ownership provides some interesting insights into how our personalities can impact our cats’ lives.
Researchers surveyed over 3,000 UK cat owners on their personality types based on the “Big Five Inventory”
They also asked the owners several questions about how they cared for their cats. The findings show that our personality types play a big role in how we relate to our cats.
For example, owners identified as having high neuroticism were more likely to keep their cats indoors. They were also more likely to report behavior problems such as anxiety and obesity in their cats.
In contrast, the researchers found that extroverted owners were more likely to let their cats have access to the outdoors.
Owners identified as agreeable reported greater overall satisfaction with their cats and were also more likely to identify their cats as being at a normal weight.
Conscientious owners tended to view their cats as more outgoing and less anxious, fearful, or aloof than other owner types.
The researchers note that these findings are similar to other studies on parental personality type and child rearing practices. Not surprisingly, parents identified as “neurotic” are more likely to have overprotective caregiving styles that can cause stress in their children.
For more information on pet parenting styles, check out this article from Science Daily.
Did you know that 55% of all American households have pets? Are you interested in learning about the latest dog, cat, and other companion animal trends? The website reseachandmarkets.com has recently announced the publication of the market research report Pet Population and Ownership Trends in the U.S.: Dogs, Cats, and other Pets (2nd Edition). The report is available for purchase, but we’ve taken a sneak peek at some of the more thought-provoking findings, sure to be of interest to all pet parents and animal lovers!
Dog ownership has risen 29% in the past decade
Both millennials and baby boomers are driving the growth in dog ownership
Number of unmarried and childless dog owners is growing
Half of U.S. dog owners live in the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the country
Most pet owners favor smaller dogs but boomers tend to prefer larger dogs
59 million Americans own cats
Cat owners are more likely to add other cats to the household than other kinds of animals
Cat ownership among seniors has risen 43% in the past decade
Number of Hispanic cat owners has been markedly increasing
Females tend to drive growth in cat ownership numbers
15 million households have non-canine/non-feline pets (23% of all pet owners)
There are 86 million “other” pets in the U.S.
Latinos are most likely to have pet birds
The presence of children in the household is a deciding factor in “other” pet ownership
Due do the recent heat wave in Southern California, it is important for pet owners to be prepared to include their pets in their disaster plans. Here are some tips as outlined by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA).