WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR CAT'S CHARACTER

Like humans, cats have different personalities. Researchers in South Australia explored the personality of our feline friends like never before. Assessing personality tests of 2802 pet cats, the scientists found that cats have five independent major personality factors; The Feline Five.

Skittishness, Outgoingness, Dominance, Spontaneity and Friendliness.

Our personality survey will score your cat on each of the five feline personality traits and compare them to typical scores.  For example, cats with high friendliness scores are likely to be more affectionate to people. Cats with low skittishness scores are likely to be well adapted to their environment.  

We want to compare cat personalities and see if different personality traits link with other aspects of cat behaviour, such as what they eat and where they wander

EXAMPLE TEST RESULTS FOR MAC

HOW IT WORKS

To take part you need to first register for the study.

Once registered we will email you a link to an online personality test. This questionnaire consists of 52 short questions. Upon completion, our researchers will analyse your cat’s data and provide you with a personalised cat personality report. The report will outline your cat’s personality profile and provide some guidance on how this information could be used to make decisions about your cats home environment. To see an example report click here.

We note that cat personality can change over time, particularly in young cats where their personality is still developing. Although we can still provide personality reports for cats under one-year old, we urge caution in the interpretation of these results.

THE SCIENCE BIT

Animal personality can be seen as behavioural differences between individuals that persist through time.

Personality is well-studied in wild populations and is found to be a common trait, observed from primates to insects, and of course humans. Personality is interesting from both an ecological and evolutionary perspective.

Additionally, personality is an important part of assessing the welfare of animals in captivity. Keepers use personality measurements to monitor whether an animal is content, enabling them to manage the environment to optimise animal welfare.

Understanding the personalities of our pet cats can also allow cat owners to manage their cat’s environment to ensure their pet is happy and healthy. Previous work in cat personality explored personality traits in captive wild cats and domestic cats in shelters (Gartner, MC, Powell, DM & Weiss, A,  2014). This work was since been built upon by researchers from Discovery Circle at the University of South Australia who deployed the questionnaire to 2802 cat owners, which allowed them to analyse cat personality across a huge scale. The researchers used a factor analysis, which allowed them to identify independent personality attributes (detailed above), which can now be compared across cats.