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Study Identifies 5 Feline Personality Types

A recent study identifies five feline personality types — which personality type is your cat?

Jackie Brown  |  Feb 15th 2018


Researchers in Australia and New Zealand applied a model of describing human personality traits to pet cats, and the results are fascinating. The study, published in August in the online journal PLOS One, surveyed the owners of 2,802 cats. The owners rated their cats’ personalities based on 52 personality traits. Researchers narrowed down five feline personality types.

The feline personality types are dubbed “The Feline Five,” and include:

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Which of these feline personality types does your cat fit into? Photography ©adogslifephoto | Thinkstock.

  1. Neuroticism (insecurity, anxious, fearful of people, suspicious and shy)
  2. Etraversion (active,  vigilant, curious, inquisitive, inventive and smart)
  3. Dominance (bullying and dominance and aggressiveness toward other cats)
  4. Impulsiveness (erratic and reckless)
  5. Agreeableness (affectionate, friendly to people and gentle)

Tell us: Which of these feline personality types fits your cat?

Thumbnail: Photography by fotostok_pdv/Thinkstock. 

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