The Five Personality Types of the Lovable Cat
A fellow crazy cat lady at the University of Lincoln interviewed over 200 domestic cats and their owners, concluding that all cats can be grouped into just five personality types.
I’m sure cat lovers, like myself, are thinking, “no way, each cat has its own distinct personality”.
Cats are known for having nine lives, but Dr Lauren Finka’s study suggests they may share just five personalities.
The differing personalities are caused by complex genetics between each cat and the experiences they have during development as a kitten and in adulthood as an adult cat (like humans I imagine).
The five personality types were given cat-friendly names that we can thankfully pronounce: Human Cat, Hunter Cat, Cats’ Cat, Cantankerous Cat or Inquisitive Cat.
While you’re reading each description, think about which category your cat or cats fit into and then tell me what you think at the end in the comments!
1. The Human Cat
- The Human Cat is generally happy to share your home, your life and often your personal space.
- It can be identified by its willingness to head-butt you gently.
- It likes to make your lap their ‘spot’ and will likely knead you with its paws on a regular basis.
- The ideal home for the Human Cat is a vibrant family home with plenty of faces to nuzzle and laps to nap on; after all, if they fit they’ll sit.
- The more human attention and chin scratches the better.
- The Human Cat tends to knead you with its paws and gently nuzzle its head into you in a sign of affection.
2. The Hunter Cat
- While most cats are born with hunting instincts; this cat character excels at stalking and capturing its prey.
- The Hunter Cat is identified through its interactions with realistic cat toys.
- It will often clasp toys in its teeth while it frantically kicks.
- The best environment for this adventurer is a home with plenty of rural outdoor space.
- This will allow it to explore, chase and pounce to their heart’s content, without the worry of urban dangers like busy roads.
- The Hunter Cat is the most feral of the personalities, regularly interacting with realistic cat toys and showing signs of an expert hunter.
3. The Cat’s Cat
- As is the case with the Human Cat, the Cat’s Cat has to be nurtured into developing positive relationships with other felines, which can often go against their nature to see them as a threat to resources.
- The trick is, as with humans, to socialise them when they’re young, exposing them to other cats and kittens.
- You can identify a Cat’s Cat through its willingness to play with and groom its furry siblings, touching noses and rubbing up against each other.
- A Cat’s Cat may cope better living with other felines, but even well-socialised cats can be choosy about who they share their bed with.
- This cat may be perfect for young working couples who can leave their partners in crime to run riot throughout the day.
4. The Cantankerous Cat
- The Cantankerous Cat is more easily frustrated than his four counterparts and can be less tolerant to being handled, due to being quite sensitive to touch, their environment and being on high alert.
- These felines require more time and effort to make sure they’re comfortable when interacting with humans.
- The Cantankerous Cat can be identified by its need for its own space to play, explore independently and preference for regular but less ‘hands on’ interactions with humans.
- It needs to make the first move when it comes to being handled.
- The Cantankerous Cat enjoys time on its own and will explore independently without any human input.
5. The Inquisitive Cat
- The Inquisitive Cat can be a keen investigator, sniffing around anything and anyone unfamiliar.
- But this inquisitiveness is a combination of DNA and exposure to new sights, smells and sounds from a young age.
- The Inquisitive Cat can be identified by its eagerness to explore and investigate anything new in their environment.
- It could cope well in a home that sees new people coming and going, or even as an office cat.
- But be warned, it’ll get into every box, bag, handbag and lap that enters its domain.
- Living up to its name, the Inquisitive Cat likes to explore its surroundings and will approach people it doesn’t know with caution.
I suppose with any personality assessments, even we as humans can share traits from different categories. So, it doesn’t surprise me that I can spot all the characteristics in both of my cats.
If I had to choose just one for each: I’d say Oreo is the Hunter Cat because he spends all night, every night, hunting bringing us lizards, bugs and rats. I’d say Apricot is the Human Cat because he is the most affectionate cat I’ve ever met, so easy-going and sweet with humans.
So now it’s your turn, what personality type is your cat?