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What Your Cat’s Breed Says About You: Personality Traits Explored

Written by: Chantelle Fowler

Last Updated on June 4, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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What Your Cat’s Breed Says About You: Personality Traits Explored

Studies show 1 that a cat owner’s personality can impact the disposition of their pet. Cat owners scoring high in the openness personality trait generally had friendlier and less aggressive cats. Owners scoring high in the neuroticism trait had more fearful cats likelier to have medical problems. So, we know that our temperament can affect our cat’s temperament, but what does the breed of cat you’ve chosen say about you as an owner? Read on to learn more.

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What Your Cat’s Breed Says About You

1. Persian

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Persian cats are known for their calm and laid-back temperament. Owners may reflect these personality traits back onto their cats. They’re likely to opt to binge-watch a TV show on the couch or read a book by the fireplace than go out and party. Persian owners are okay with spending time alone, but they enjoy the company of others, too.


2. Siamese

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Siamese cats are known for their poise and elegance. They’re fantastic communicators who make several vocalizations to talk to their owners. These intelligent cats make great companions but need a lot of affection. Siamese owners don’t care much about keeping peace and quiet in their homes. However, they love interacting with people, including their cats, and are often great communicators themselves.


3. Maine Coon

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Maine Coons are larger-than-life cats known for their boldness and independent nature. However, they’re equally as devoted and gentle, forming strong bonds with their family members. Owners tend to be family-oriented folks who are loyal to the people they love. They’re likely always up for an adventure and are always searching for the next fun and interesting thing to do.


4. Abyssinian

abyssinian cat resting in carpet
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Abyssinians are loving and affectionate cats. These high-spirited and intelligent cats are extremely curious and need to get into everything. Abyssinian owners like to stay active and are highly intelligent themselves. They often feel that they’re the ringleader of their family circus and have a seemingly infinite amount of energy.


5. Russian Blue

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Russian Blues are strikingly beautiful cats that bond tightly with their owners. These cats are quiet and intelligent but are awesome affection givers when the mood strikes. Owners likely prefer spending their weekends at home, recharging their batteries after a long work week. They value independence but are highly affectionate when the time is right.


6. Burmese

Burmese
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Burmese cats are loyal and always in need of attention from their owners. They’re very intelligent and can learn to perform tricks. In addition, the Burmese are highly affectionate and revel in positive attention. Owners of such cats are likely to be homebodies that are happy to spend all their free time at home relaxing or entertaining family members.


7. Chartreux

Chartreux Cat
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Chartreux cats are known for their sweet and gentle temperaments. They are fiercely loyal and often form intense bonds with just one of their humans, though they aren’t particularly clingy. The Chartreux is stoutly built and loves to play. Owners of this breed are likely independent and calm and prefer a certain quietness in their homes.


8. Manx

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The tailless Manx is a placid, sweet, and easygoing cat. It makes a loving companion that thrives when it’s around people. Manx cats love playing and can be a little wild at times. Owners are likely a little wild themselves and may even enjoy going for car rides or playing in the water alongside their feline family members.


9. Japanese Bobtail

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The Japanese Bobtail is a sweet, active, and intelligent breed that loves being with its human. It seems to have a seemingly endless source of energy for playtime, so owners are likely to be highly active and energetic themselves. In addition, they love to have fun and may be a bit mischievous.


10. Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold
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Scottish Folds are known for their incompletely dominant gene that results in their trademark folded ears. They’re sweet, charming, and easy to live with and care for. Scottish Fold owners likely enjoy having things that set them apart from other people. They’re charming themselves and prefer a simple and low-key life.


11. Bengal

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Bengals are very affectionate and needy cats. They’re highly curious, active, and athletic, bordering on rambunctious at times. This designer breed can cost up to $10,000, so their owners will likely be a little flashy and extravagant. People with Bengals can be attention seekers, but they’re loyal, intelligent, and affectionate at their root.


12. Sphynx

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Sphynx cats are intelligent, energetic, and highly curious animals that always want to be in the middle of the action. They’re sociable and enjoy spending time with other animals and humans. Sphynx owners are often extroverts and the life of the party. They are happiest when spending their weekends entertaining family and friends. Sphynx owners aren’t afraid to buck against societal norms and be a little “out there” at times.


13. Birman

Birman cat kitten with beautiful blue eyes lying on the floor
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The Birman is a beautiful cat with a uniquely mysterious background. Experts can’t seem to agree where the breed originated, so Birman owners likely enjoy a bit of mystery in their lives, too. This breed is gentle, charming, and bonds tightly with its humans. Their owners are outgoing and value friendships and family over anything else.

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Final Thoughts

Our cats are part of our family, so it only makes sense that we would instinctively be drawn to breeds that share our own personality traits. An introvert will get along swimmingly with the quiet and independent Russian Blue, while extroverts may lean towards a Sphynx. Of course, there are always outliers, and you may have adopted a lazy Japanese Bobtail or an energetic Persian. Regardless, there is a lot more harmony in homes where owners and cats share similar personality traits.

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