As a pet guardian, deciphering your cat’s needs and preferences could help you not only create an enriching environment, but also bond more closely with your feline companion.
Now it’s time to assess your cat’s behavior and, based upon your pet’s personality type, set up your home and routine in a way that will help your cat feel safe, confident, and relaxed.
What Are Some of the Personality Traits Common to Cats?
According to researchers, you could look for traits like dominance, agreeableness, impulsiveness or spontaneity, extroversion or outgoingness, and neuroticism to figure out what your kitty’s overall personality is. You might also describe your pet by other traits, such as friendliness and skittishness, as you work on figuring your cat out.
Of course, your kitty won’t only exhibit one of these traits, but rather a mix of them to varying degrees. The key is to try to analyze your pet to figure out just how dominant, agreeable, impulsive, outgoing, neurotic, skittish, or friendly she is.
Here a few tips on how you can help your kitty feel comfortable, secure, and happy in your home, based on her main personality traits:
Need a little extra assistance? Check out this short quiz that’s designed to help you pinpoint your kitty’s personality.
Getting to Know Your Cat Is Important
It’s worth nothing that, if your cat’s personality begins to change, this might alert you to the fact that something is wrong. Consulting with your veterinarian would be a good idea, as some physical ailments could lead to behavioral problems.
Overall, being able to decipher your kitty’s personality could change the game when it comes to caring for her and giving her what she needs to thrive. And as researchers continue studying domestic cats, we’ll keep discovering more about what makes our feline companions so special.
Lisa Selvaggio is a writer who has volunteered in animal rescue, caring for cats of all ages and learning their many quirks. She is certified in clinical pet nutrition, and enjoys helping pet parents give their fur babies the best care possible. Read more of her work online at LSA Writing Services.