Personality in domestic cats

Department of Psychology, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, United States
Psychological Reports (Impact Factor: 0.53). 03/2007; 100(1):27-9. DOI: 10.2466/PR0.100.1.27-29
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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.

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