Anyone with a cat knows this game: You are sitting on the couch, watching TV or reading a book when all of a sudden you feel the steely gaze of your feline friend, eyeing you up and down. Perhaps they are curious about what you are doing. Maybe they want to play. Could be they are enamored with you, the bringer of food and giver of scritches.Or, as a new study would posit, they might be plotting your demise.That’s right. Our furry feline friends are actually very psychologically similar to their larger cousins, lions. And we all know how a lion looks at the world.
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What that means is our little house cats are not as subservient
as previously thought. Instead, they show high levels of dominance, impulsiveness, and (not surprisingly) neuroticism. So, while they may look like adorable little poofballs, on the inside they are basically a pint-sized Caligula
Murderous tyrant, behavioral deviant, and all around power-crazed madman. Just like Fluffy.So why aren’t they constantly trying to claw our eyes out? Well, they may be tiny tyrants, but they are not dummies. Cats have lived alongside people for thousands of years because they understand that they eat better and live longer when under our care. Also, we literally tower over them and they know better than to mess with giants.