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Psychol Rep. 2007 Feb;100(1):27-9.

Personality in domestic cats.

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Department of Psychology, 1111 Lovinger, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO 64093, USA.

Abstract

Personality ratings of 196 cats were made by their owners using a 5-point Likert scale anchored by 1: not at all and 5: a great deal with 12 items: timid, friendly, curious, sociable, obedient, clever, protective, active, independent, aggressive, bad-tempered, and emotional. A principal components analysis with varimax rotation identified three intepretable components. Component I had high loadings by active, clever, curious, and sociable. Component II had high loadings by emotional, friendly, and protective, Component III by aggressive and bad-tempered, and Component IV by timid. Sex was not associated with any component, but age showed a weak negative correlation with Component I. Older animals were rated less social and curious than younger animals.

PMID:
17450998
DOI:
10.2466/pr0.100.1.27-29
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