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And Now, A Personality Test You Can Give Your Cat to Complete

It's the Meows and Paws Type Inventory ... loosely based on the popular Myers-Briggs. I may or may not have made it up...

 |  Sep 24th 2013  |   3 Contributions


Catster readers are just too clever. Part of the reason for that is we know how to think like cats!

When I wrote last week about personality-typing your cat using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, one astute reader suggested that we develop a personality test that cats could really take. After all, why should cats conform to a test designed for humans? Silly me! So I developed a test that any cat can take. Have your cat take this test by answering the simple questions below and see how they score themselves. Yes, you can understand your cat better!

Presenting the Meows and Paws Type Inventory

Similar to the MBTI, the MPTI scores your cat on four spectrums. Remember, your cat may move along the spectrum during her life! Have her take the test often. Personality aspects can change. Have your cat answer each of the questions below.

1. Am I a silent meower or a yowler? (Sm-Y)

When I open my mouth, no sound comes out. It's the most adorable thing you've ever seen. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

My howls wake up the neighborhood, and I'm proud of it!
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I have a voice like bagpipes on steroids.
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

My human has to really be listening to hear me, but that makes the connection all the more special. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I like to hear myself yowl -- the louder, the better.
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I sing with my human, just like some dogs do. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I have a quiet voice, but I make up for it with my glare.
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I yowl selectively -- for example, only in the presence of my human, or near certain cats. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

2. Am I nutso, or more centered? (N-C)

You will never meet a calmer cat than Kieran -- unless the piano gets played.

Don't expect me to pick just ONE toy. I run frantically between toys -- too overwhelmed to settle on one. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I'll stare at a door for hours, until the unfortunate mouse gets tired and comes out. I can outwait the planets. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

Nothing, I repeat, nothing fazes me (except when my human serves me dinner later than the regular 5 p.m. I've become accustomed to). 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I frantically groom myself after becoming embarrassed, but I quickly regain composure.
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I know what I want, and I'll wait hours, days, lifetimes to get it. I WILL succeed. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I'm a calorie burning machine! Don't feed me that cheap food filled with fillers -- I need the good stuff. Get out of my way while I race around the house and climb the curtains!
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

Exercise? What's that? Let's nap for 16 hours.
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

3. Stealthy or obtuse? (S-O)

My footfalls would remind you of the poem about fog and "little cat feet."
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

When I run or play, I sound like a thundering herd of horses.
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

Subtlety? What's that? Highly overrated!
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

My human can never find me in a room, and I'm there, right in front of her eyes. I am the original shamanistic shapeshifter. I can be invisible at will. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

Pet my belly! Scratch my butt. I'm your slave!
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I may look like a glorious sultan, but I'm really just a big brazen boy who wants your love.
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

4. Collaborative or independent? (C-O)

My orange kitten Norton took the MPTI and scored as a SmNOC. He's highly collaborative, completely scattered, and has a little voice.

I come when I want, and/or when it's dinner time.
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I welcome a new cat or kitten into the home and make them feel right at ease with a grooming or a head butt. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)


I beat the crap out of any newcomer -- this is MY turf!
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

A human lap is my idea of cat heaven. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

A full food bowl is my only idea of heaven -- and I'll do everything to make this happen. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

You'll find me right in the middle of the cat pile -- soaking up the sun and the heat from another cat's body. 
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

I prefer the bed to myself, thank you, and I don't wish to share it (not with a cat, anyway -- I may make an exception for the human)!
(Strongly agree) (Agree) (Disagree) (Strongly disagree)

Putting it all together!

Just like the human equivalent of this test, now you can put the letters together after your cat has taken the MPTI.

For example, your kitten scores herself as a SmNOC. This is an active kitten who hasn't found her voice (yet) and hasn't yet learned the fine points of subtlety, but who gets along well with others. She's a great addition if you have other cats. And let her take the test again when she gets older -- it is possible that she may become a little less "Nutso" or "Obtuse" over time. (But remember, there are no guarantees in life. Love your cat for who she is!)

Or, for example, perhaps your cat is a YCSI. This is a very rare combination! Only one-half of 1 percent of cats score with this personality type. You have to be on your toes with this cat -- he has a voice, to be sure, but his centered subtlety can be something you never see coming. Add in independence and you have a really interesting cat.

In Myers-Briggs, each answer is weighted differently. Agrees and disagrees indicate different trends, in different questions. But chances are, you can already guess the personality type of your cat just by looking at the questions. Run your cat through the test and see what we can come up with!

My cat Kieran is a YCSI -- here's how he scored himself on the test in the Silent Meower-Yowler section, to give you an idea of how this works. I explain his answers after each result. 

A silent meower or a yowler? (Sm-Y)

When I open my mouth, no sound comes out. It's the most adorable thing you've ever seen. 
(Disagree) -- Kieran only vocalizes at meal times, but he is quite noisy. He would have given himself a "Strongly Disgree" if he yowled more often!

My howls wake up the neighborhood, and I'm proud of it!
(Agree) -- Kieran's "neighborhood" is the inside of his house. His cries are definitely loud enough to wake us up. 

I have a voice like bagpipes on steroids.
(Agree) -- Kieran's voice is more like an irritating whine, with the hint of possible bagpipes within the overtones. If he perfected his voice, he could come closer to bagpipe status. 

My human has to really be listening to hear me, but that makes the connection all the more special. 
(Disagree) - Kieran's vocalizations are audible, but again, not off the charts as far as noise goes. 

I like to hear myself yowl -- the louder, the better.
(Agree) -- Kieran does like to hear himself whine for dinner. 

I sing with my human, just like some dogs do. 
(Disagree) -- though he loves the piano, Kieran has not yet sung with his humans. However, he does love music; thus a "disagree" rather than a "strongly disgree."

I have a quiet voice, but I make up for it with my glare.
(Disagree) -- Kieran really doesn't HAVE a glare, and his voice is not quiet.

I yowl selectively -- for example, only in the presence of my human, or near certain cats. 
(Strongly agree) -- Kieran is very selective about when he vocalizes -- in his case, it's only at meals.

How did YOUR cat score on the MPTI? What questions would you ask? Share your stories!

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About Catherine HolmTold that she is funny but doesn’t know it, accused of being an unintentional con artist by her husband, quiet, with frequent unannounced bursts into dancing liveliness, Cat Holm loves writing about, working for, and living with cats. She is the author of the cat-themed memoir Driving with Cats: Ours for a Short Time, the creator of Ann Catanzaro cat fantasy story gift books, and the author of a short story collection about people and place. She loves to dance, be outside whenever possible, read, play with cats, make music, do and teach yoga, and write. Cat lives in the woods, which she loves as much as really dark chocolate, and gets regular inspiration shots along with her double espresso shots from the city.

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