A study in Australia and New Zealand found that domestic cats can be divided based on the presence of five different personality factors: neuroticism, dominance, impulsivity, extraversion and affability.
Knowing the type of personality of our pet can help when identifying possible health problems, after all, sudden changes in behavior are the first sign that something is wrong with our pet.
In fact, not only that, with your pet’s personality type in hand, it is easier when it comes to finding the ideal company and avoiding fights at home.
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What factors interfere with the pet’s personality?
First of all, however, it is important to understand that other factors also affect the animal’s behavior.
Although today we know that cats have different personality types, we must not forget that the environment in which they grow, and the type of stimulation they receive, play a big role in defining their habits.
A cat can be more or less sociable according to the way its guardian acts, since it is common for the cat to imitate certain behaviors of its routine.
In addition, feeding is another determining factor for the pet’s behavior: a healthy and well-balanced diet guarantees the stability of the animal, reducing sudden changes in mood and ensuring a longer life.
Finally, remember that your kitten’s personality is the result of a series of combined factors, such as: socialization, stimuli in the environment, toys available, hygiene, sleep quality and genetics.
The 5 personality types of cats
The trait of neuroticism in the cat manifests itself from behaviors of anxiety, shyness and fear.
If your pet is one of those who run under the bed as soon as the doorbell rings, or who show excessive insecurity with changes in the environment, you can bet that the trait of neuroticism is very present in your personality.
A dominant cat is one that strives to protect its territory, demonstrating possessiveness about toys, tutors and spaces.
The dominant cat will very often be hostile to other cats in the environment, so you need to be careful when pairing it with other pets that have that same trait in their personality.
Impulsiveness in the pet can be seen from unpredictable behaviors: different reactions to the same situation, anxious jumps and excess energy all the time.
For cats with this personality trait, it is important to maintain heightened attention and see if any external factors may be aggravating their symptoms.
The cat with high rates of extroversion is always exploring the corners of the house, meowing to other cats or insisting on the famous stroll around the neighborhood.
That is, pets with an extraversion trait also tend to be more inventive, seeking alternatives to circumvent possible limitations imposed by tutors.
Affable cats are easy to identify: they give friendly meows, easily fall in and accept affection without complaining.
But according to the study already mentioned, the low presence of the friendliness trait in the cat’s personality may be the result of trauma, poor socialization or health problems.
It is worth checking with the vet if your kitten is very withdrawn!
It is very likely that your cat shows more than one personality trait, and that this will vary throughout the pet’s life.
But after all, being aware of your pet’s routine behaviors allows you to assess the environment in which your pet grows and more quickly detect changes in his temperament.
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