Cats are always unique, with no two ever being truly identical. But we can say, there are cats that act similarly to other cats, right? Surely there are cat personality types that can be eerily similar.
While many of us have just your regular old rescue cat, the Cat Fanciers’ Association does have a breed personality and characteristics chart cat owners can reference. Many of us don’t know our cat’s exact lineage/breed, but should you have a purebred cat, that chart could ring true for you. But even so, it seems that cats are known to continually defy stereotypes surrounding them. Cats will be cats, after all!
A few samples of breed personalities and characteristics per the CFA:
Dr. Lauren Finka, postdoctoral researcher in animal welfare in Nottingham Trent University’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, has studied cats for many years. And a few years ago, she hypothesized and revealed that cats have 5 specific personality types. And what’s even more interesting is that just recently she revealed that copy cats are, in fact, a real thing as cats were discovered to copy their owner’s behavior.
For the personality type study, Dr. Finka closely examined the behavior of 200 felines. And from her study, she presented to the world that cats have 5 exact personalities: Human Cat, Hunter Cat, Cats’ Cat, Cantankerous Cat and Inquisitive Cat.
Fans of human touch, needing, and reminding their humans that their presence is preferred
Attached to their humans, craves the desire to be near—or better yet, on you
Enjoys attention and affection from humans
Easily identified through their specific interactions with realistic cat toys
Prefers to clasp toys in teeth while frantically bunny kicking the said toy
They are adventurous felines, who prefer a home with plenty of outdoor rural space
Advocates of the chase, exploring, and pouncing
Develops positive relationships with other felines, doesn’t feel easily threatened or overly territorial in the presence of cats in which they do not know
Likely socialized from a young age, which has helped them to nurture this friendliness towards other felines
Has a willingness to socialize with other cats, by way of grooming, playing, and sleeping together
Likely to cope/adapt best in a multicat environment
May appear overly sensitive to touch or stimuli, remaining on high alert of potential threats
Naturally skittish by nature, does not trust other pets or humans easily
Less “hands-on” with humans, with a need to move about and explore independently
Likes to make the first move when it comes to human interaction
Overly curious by nature, a keen investigator with a strong desire to discover
It’s believed that this inquisitiveness stems from their DNA in addition to exposure to unfamiliar sounds, sights, and smells as a kitten
Curious nature can get the best of them, and they might seem a bit mischievous with their need for honoring their overly curious nature
Welcoming and doesn’t frighten easily, could be a great match for a home with lots of visitors or even as an office cat
And in regards to the study of our cats mirroring our own behavior? Well, it seems that’s not all too surprising according to Dr. Finka: “The majority of owners want to provide the best care for their cats, and these results highlight how influential our own personality can be on the wellbeing of our pets.”
Different from Dr. Finka’s research, scientists out of Australia at the University of South Australia looked at the cat personality traits from an entirely different approach. For their study, they closely monitored 52 different personality characteristics. Their research analyzed 2,802 cats to be exact, and from their research they uncovered the “Feline Five”—which is essentially “a set of five major personality factors.” According to these Australians, the five traits are defined as friendliness, dominance, spontaneity, outgoingness, and skittishness.