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Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 cat owners for a new study.

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Pets and their owners often share a deep connection, and researchers at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln may have figured out one of the reasons.

They surveyed more than 3,000 cat owners in the U.K. to learn about the respondents’ personalities as well as their pets’ personalities, People.com reports. The research was published in the journal PLOS One.

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Among the humans, traits evaluated were extroversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness and neuroticism.

Various traits in the owners correlated with different behaviors in the pets. For example, higher neuroticism in the owner was linked to higher aggression or anxiety in the cat.

Owners with more agreeable personalities tended to have cats with less aggression and less aloofness, People.com reports.

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The study authors wrote: “Our findings mirror the findings of research on parental personality, parenting styles and child behavior in various ways.”

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Lauren Finka, one of the co-authors, told The Telegraph that “it’s very possible that pets could be affected by the way we interact with and manage them, and that both these factors are in turn influenced by our personality differences.”

Read more at People.com

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