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Cats are really hard to read, but we try our best. How well do you think you know your cat? Is she shy or more extroverted? Is she greedy? Playful? Jealous? Cautious or more on the impulsive side? It’s hard to know all this when she’s closed off and napping most of the time. You cat could have one of five personality types.
The University of South Australia recently did a study which identified 5 distinct types of cat personalities. They analyzed 3,000 cats to come up with these results. So it’s safe to say that the study was a success. Here are the 5 distinct personality types that our cat could have.
This has a lot of relevance when it comes to our cats and how we can properly care for them. So let’s take a deeper look to get a more thorough understanding.
- Skittish cats
These cats are highly strung and could get overly anxious. They hate change and usually go hide in their safe space when there’s a human in the house that they don’t recognize. Help these cats out by giving them plenty of holes or safe spaces where they could retreat to, to regroup and calm down. Forcing them to face their fears one on one could only traumatize them further so give them space. They avoid situations that seem frightening and potentially dangerous and that’s their way of life. No point trying to change it.
- Outgoing cats
Nosy can sometimes be a better word to describe these inquisitive creatures. These cats love to investigate and explore their surroundings. They even find themselves in trouble sometimes by going places they have no business being.
The outgoing cats need a lot of mental stimulation to keep them occupied. If they get bored, they tend to resort to destructive behavior to get attention. They end up scratching your precious furniture or even soiling the carpets.
- Dominant cats
These cats don’t know what sharing is. They tend to hog all the attention and can’t tolerate other pets or people for that matter. They want their own food and water bowls, and litter boxes. If you have a multi-cat household, make sure you provide enough litter boxes and food bowls for each cat. Space them far away from each other so that your dominant kitty can’t be in all the places at once to hog them.
- Spontaneous cats
These cats tend to act erratically from time to time. They have a lot of energy and anxiety issues. It’s as though they haven’t yet learnt how to cope with life so they run from unfamiliar situations and ask questions later. Have set routines. Having a routine calms these cats down.
- Friendly cats
These cats are really hard to find. She’s the friendly, head bunting, curl up against your leg kind of cat. They have good social skills and low anxiety levels. These cats are pretty content with their home life.