I like this. It is fun and I am sure it is useful in placing rescue cats with suitable new homes. ASPCA runs a “Meet Your Match program”, which entails placing rescued cats at shelters into categories based on their personality – “feline-ality”. This helps matching cat to person and home. It is an extension and refinement of the shy/bold categorisation. I complained a long while ago that there was no standard temperament testing at shelters.
I also devised a cat personality questionnaire based on Dr Fogle’s work, that might amuse you.
There are nine feline-alities some of which I find a bit tricky deciding what they are! The truth is that all cats probably have a bit of all of these personality traits but you should recognise one or two that stand out in your cat.
Private Investigator – this cat likes to disappear and stays out of trouble. He seems to be a fairly secretive sort of cat. He works undercover!
Secret Admirer – this is a “level-headed” cat who takes her time to get to know you but when she does she is loyal and a great companion. She is probably a little reserved but sensibly so.
Love Bug – likes a nice, quiet time on your lap, kneading you. This sort of character likes to be close to people and likes that to be reciprocated in a stable, quiet home.
The Executive – busy, bustling cat who thinks he is an executive working for a company. Has a well diarised and scheduled life. Checks what is happening outside and anywhere else.
Sidekick – nice middle-of-the-road reliable cat companion. Neither nervous nor overly bold.
Personal Assistant – You know this character. Helps with all your jobs but somehow tends to stop you doing them. Computer work? He’ll be there – on the keyboard……vvvvvvvvvvv xxxxxxxxx !!!!
MVP – Most Valuable Pussycat – smart and calm he entertains himself but likes being entertained too and likes some human contact from time to time. A resourceful cat.
Party Animal – all play and no work makes a party animal. Likes to play with anything including humans, to the limit, sometimes, and explore and in doing so makes you smile.
Leader of the Band – bold, demonstrative cat who probably leads a group of cats or would if he had the chance. Alpha type? Adventurous but has time to be with his human and show affection.
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