Impulsive Cat

Did you know that there are five feline personality types? According to a study in which researchers applied a model of human personality traits to pet cats, these feline purr-sonality types are dubbed “The Feline Five,” and include:

  1. Neurotic
  2. Extraverted
  3. Dominant
  4. Impulsive  
  5. Agreeable  

If you struggle with your cat’s behavioral problems or have a multi-cat household where certain cats don’t get along, understanding your cat’s personality can help you understand why your cat is behaving in certain ways. It can help you form a game plan so you can make adjustments to the home or provide your cat with something they’re missing, such as environmental enrichment – or something as simple as a place to hide.

Knowing the “normal” or baseline personality of our cats can also help us keep tabs on their health. A change in personality could indicate an underlying medical issue, like a normally outgoing feline suddenly growing withdrawn and hiding more often.