What’s our psychology relationship to cats? Not surprisingly, researchers discovered multiple differences between cat and dog owners. Cat owners “showed significantly higher scores for neuroticism and openness than dog people, and significantly lower scores for extroversion, agreeableness and conscientiousness.” Even stranger is that more educated people are 1.4 times more likely to own a cat than a dog, which means smart people know which animal they want to be controlled by.
Another study found that cats only affected negative moods where “people were less likely to feel bad if they had a cat, but not necessarily feel more positive or happy.”
So how does your cat improve your life? In many cases, your cat is a financial drain, but you can’t put a price tag on the emotional bond you can enjoy with your cat, nor can you put a price tag on the psychological damage you receive from letting a cat order you around.
As you can see, having a cat is more complicated than just feeding a furry little creature every morning. As every cat owner knows, there are many benefits to owning a cat, although when your cat screams at you at three o’clock in the morning to be fed, it can be hard to think of even one advantage owning a cat could ever have.