Americans estimate that half of the cats given to shelters for homeless animals - that is, between 2 and 3 million a year - end up there because they turned out to be not the type of pet the owner had thought of.
Anyone who knows cats at least a little knows that they are big individualists and have their own characters just like humans. Some cats are ingratiating and friendly towards everyone, others are unruly and wild, others are timid and distrustful. It happens, therefore, that intercourse with a given cat does not go according to its owner, the consequences of which can be dramatic, especially for the first one. Americans estimate that half of the cats given to shelters for homeless animals - that is, between 2 and 3 million a year - end up there precisely because they turned out to be not the type of pet the owner had thought of.
To avoid these unpleasant situations in the future, vets from Cornell University in New York decided to find a way to pick the one we dream about from the basket of kittens. This will allow us to avoid disappointment when our pet grows up. For this purpose, they developed a special test that analyzes the pet's reaction to 13 different situations, such as petting, deprivation of freedom, the sight of a dog's silhouette, and the sounds of barking and meowing. It is also assessed whether he immediately throws himself at the toy that is being moved on a string, or if he first looks at it for a moment.
The researchers plan to test their test on resident cats at a local shelter. Then, by observing their behavior as they grow up and their personality in adulthood, they hope to find appropriate relationships that, translated into the language of the test, will allow them to predict the nature of the tested kitten in the future. However, no one has yet thought about developing a reliable test to inform cats about what kind of person their owner will "grow up to".
WiŻ for "New Scientist"