If you are a cat owner or if you know a cat owner…either way, you would more likely agree the cat is the true owner. I have been lucky to have 6 cats as members of our family. Our cats are companions and part of our everyday life. They are not as doting as dogs and show their affection on their terms, but once you love a cat, you understand the warm-hearted, caring nature of cats. It has been interesting to see and experience the distinct personalities of each of our cats.
Coates (2017) summarizes the work of Fink, post-doctoral study of cats. Fink’s research suggest that genetics, lived experiences and learning influence personality development. The 5 personalities of cats are:
- The Human Cat is generally happy to share your home, your life and often your personal space.
- The Hunter Cat is the most feral of the personalities, regularly interacting with realistic cat toys and showing signs of an expert hunter.
- You can identify a Cat’s Cat through its willingness to play with and groom its furry siblings, touching noses and rubbing up against each other.
- The Cantankerous Cat is more easily frustrated than his four counterparts and can be less tolerant to being handled, due to being quite sensitive to touch, their environment and being on high alert.
- The Inquisitive Cat can be a keen investigator, sniffing around anything and anyone unfamiliar.
Based on my experience, I would add a sixth category…the solitary cat. A cat that would be more introverted and likes more “personal” space.
Our cats fit these categories:
Einstein…..the human cat
Reggie……the cantankerous cat
Percy……..the solitary cat
Chester…..the cat’s cat
DJ…………the inquisitive cat
Buddy…….the hunter cat
Buddy will probably be our last cat….but I have one more cat name (Gertie) so you never know!!!