Cats have different ways of being, and his personality of a cat has a lot to do with the personality of its family and the environment and develops from the relationships that they have with their human companions.
In fact, it is very similar to how personality develops in small children. In this case, the researcher that has demonstrated how the personality of the cats develops is doctor Lauren Finka, and she has classified the cats into five different categories.
But that doesn’t mean that only these five exist, your cat could have little features of one or the other.
Let’s see the five categories and in which one your feline companion fits best.
The human cat
This is the typical cat that when you arrive home immediately goes out to receive you and comes to you to rub on your legs or is always in good mood so that he likes to be caressed.
These cats love to be in contact with their human companions almost more than to be in contact with other cats. They like to as soon as you sit on your couch to come and sit on you looking for you to caress them, so they need a lot of attention.
Those felines adapt very well to live with many people because they are very happy, funny and they love to be always in contact with their human family. If you have small children, these cats will suit you very well, because they will always have something to do and entertain themselves and they will always be very happy.
They also get along quite well with other animals like cats or dogs that live at home. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to introduce the cats properly, because they have to accept that a stranger comes to their house to live with them.
They are dependent cats, they are not the ones that can be left alone at home for a long time, even if people come to visit them they will feel that lack of contact with you because they will miss you.
The cat’s cat
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This type of cat is very comfortable in contact with other cats and can adapt very well to live with human families. They will naturally look for contact with other cats and will spend a lot of time grooming them and playing with each other.
They will also be grateful if they have a human contact although it will not be as intense as with the human-cat.
These cats usually have lived with their cat family for a very long time, having between them a very close bond and that is why they enjoy spending time together, they are not characterized especially for missing their human companions.
They enjoy the company of other cats which have to belong to their social group, that is to say, if you are going to introduce a new cat, you have to make sure that you do the presentation it very slowly because they can see the other cat as a threat for them and their resources.
The cantankerous cat
This is the typical cat that gets frustrated more than others, but why? Because he doesn’t tolerate very well have a human around him and he doesn’t have much interaction with him.
He is the type of cat that doesn’t like to be touched by humans that happens, he gets along well with his feline companion but each one of them lives a little bit separated, they don’t usually stay together much time. If you caress them after a while he will feel overwhelmed.
His personality traits lead him to be always alert as if waiting for something to happen and if someone gets too close, they always want to know how they can escape. You have to be calm and prudent because you may think that all cats are super happy to get petting but these cats don’t like it.
However, it doesn’t mean that these cats are never going to approach you. They need a little bit of time and they will approach you when they are ready, maybe at some moment of the day when you are on the couch quietly they will come and want to sit next to you and that’s it. If you touch them too much they will run away.
They need a separate environment where they can be at their own pace, a little corner he wants to be when you are at home. You can also put toys that are autonomous, it doesn’t mean that you never play with him but that he can have that alternative so he doesn’t have to depend on you.
These cats get easily stressed so you have to always give them space if you want them to play with you. Otherwise, they could end up developing problems.
The hunter cat
Actually, cats are hunters by nature, but this type of cats cannot resist those hunting impulses so that when you put them to play with some kind of toy they try to hunt it, bite it strongly, and kick it with their back legs.
What you have to give to this type of cat to make them happy are toys that look like little animals that have the texture of little animals and also that have fur so they feel that they are their prey.
These cats enjoy a lot to go out and do outdoor activities, move, jump, climb on trees, and precisely because of their wild and untamed character they are very independent cats.
When it is convenient for them and almost always when they want food they will approach you like the cantankerous cats but it has to be them who initiate the contact, otherwise they will go away.
The inquisitive cat
These cats like to investigate and explore all the time. They can be a little bit shy especially at the beginning.
When you bring something new to your house your cat will have to analyze it from a secure distance. However, after a while when you leave him alone, soon he will come closer to sniff it, climb on it, look at it from behind, and so on. If it is a person, it may take a little bit longer for him to come closer because the person moves around.
These cats like to hide in places for example behind the back door and to look carefully at what is going on. Once they are sure there is no danger, they will come out little by little and approach other people to smell them and say “hello, what are you doing in my house?”.
This kind of personality makes them receptive to visitors.
There are also times when you find them in the most unexpected places of your house investigating what has happened. You have to offer them always a stimulus to be investigating something new such as cardboard boxes where they can get inside and also offer them games that are toys.
The same eagerness they have to investigate also helps them to solve the puzzles and toys of intelligence. You can not hide anything from these cats as soon as something changes at home because they will find it out and if they don’t like the change, they can become very frustrated.