According to a study in which researchers applied a model of human personality traits to domestic cats, these personality types are called “the five felines.”
If you are facing behavioral problems with your cat or if you have a multi-cat household where some cats don’t get along, understanding your cat’s personality can help you understand why she behaves a certain way. It can help you create a game plan so you can make adjustments around the house or provide something your cat is missing, like environmental enrichment, or something as simple as a place to hide. .
Knowing the “normal” or basic personality of our cats can also help us monitor their health. A change in personality may indicate an underlying medical issue, such as a normally outgoing feline suddenly becoming withdrawn and hiding more often.
Let’s see how to recognize these personality types in your felines and how your cat can benefit from them!
1. neurotic (nervousness)
Cats with a high score in the type “neurotic” are anxious or very nervous cats, showing higher levels of traits such as insecurity, anxiety, fear of people, suspiciousness and shyness. These are the cats that run for cover when visitors arrive – they’d rather hide than face the unknown!
The key to working with cats “neurotics” is to give them plenty of opportunities to hide. Provide hiding places throughout the house, whether it’s a cat tunnel, a cat tree or a simple cardboard box.
These somewhat fearful felines cope with life by avoiding scary situations. But once they learn they are safe, they gradually become more confident.
Cats are generally considered curious creatures, and cats that score high in the “extrovert” category score even higher; “nosy” is another adjective that might apply. These cats tend to need more mental stimulation and environmental enrichment. They get bored easily and may resort to destructive behaviors to release their pent up energies.
The answer is to provide lots of toys and spend time playing with them each day.
Cats with dominant personalities can make a multi-cat household frustrating and stressful. Dominant cats can monopolize household resources, such as food, toys, and even litter.
If you’re dealing with a dominant cat that eats all the produce, make sure each cat has their own food and water bowls, as well as multiple litter boxes. Put those resources aside – the dominant cat can’t be everywhere at once.
Impulsivity in cats is not necessarily the same as in humans. A very impulsive cat may react to something stressful in its environment.
This type of cat may react differently to the same situation on different occasions. This is often the case of a cat who has not learned to cope with life and who, faced with uncertainty, runs first and asks questions later. He may also have to deal with a combination of high energy and anxiety.
Never yell at a spontaneous cat (or any other cat, for that matter) – this will increase their anxiety levels and erratic behavior. It helps to establish routines, like feeding and playtime, so he knows when something is going to happen, which prepares him to behave more appropriately.
5. Nice (pleasant)
A friendly cat is exactly what it sounds like: the social butterfly of the group, who gets along with everyone and is never short of a friendly meow, a raised tail and a nod. happy head. They are ideal cats for a multi-cat household. This pleasant personality is often the result of a cat that was well socialized as a kitten.
According to the study, a low agreeableness score (a cat that may be irritable/aggressive with people) may reflect “poor socialization, frustration, or underlying pain or illness.”
Of course, each cat is unique and has its own personality, just like humans. But being in tune with your cat’s personality can help you better meet their individual needs and provide them with the best of cat heaven in your home.