Cat Personalities and How To Deal With Them
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 also helps in keeping health tabs. A change in personality could indicate an underlying medical issue.
1. The Skittish Cat
Also known as the neurotic type, skittish kitties are anxious and highly-strung. Displaying strongest levels of traits such as insecurity, anxiousness, fear of people,
suspicion and shyness, they're the ones that run for cover when visitors come over. They would rather hide than face the unknown!
The key- Give them plenty of opportunities to hide. Provide them with hideaways throughout the house.
2. The Outgoing Cat
Nicknamed the “extroverted” or “extraversion” cats, these need more mental stimulation and environmental enrichment. They can get bored easily and may resort to
destructive behaviors to exhaust their high energy levels.
The way to their heart- Provide them with plenty of toys and spend time each day playing with them.
3. The Dominating Cat
Dominant- sounds like your boss, doesn’t it? Well pretty much in a kitty too, when they try to be the boss of you. Cats with Dominant personalities can make a multi-cat household frustrating and stressful. Dominant cats may hog household resources, such as food, toys, and even the litter box.
Dealing with the bossiness- Make sure cats have their own resources placed apart - the dominant cat can't be everywhere at once.
4. The Spontaneous Cat
Also known as the impulsive one- the impulsiveness here doesn't apply the same as it does to humans. A highly impulsive cat may be reacting to something stressful in their environment.
This type of cat may react differently to the same situation on different occasions. This kitty when faced with uncertainty runs first and asks questions later. It may also have to manage a mix of high energy and anxiety.
Coping with the “sponty kitty”- Never shout at a spontaneous cat (or any other, for that matter) — it will raise its anxiety levels and increase his erratic behavior. It helps to have set routines, such as feeding and playtime, so he knows when something is about to happen — which prepares it to behave more appropriately.
5. The Cuddly Cat
An Agreeable or cuddly cat is exactly what it sounds like - the social butterfly of the bunch, who gets along with everyone and is never short of a friendly meow, a raised tail, and a happy head-butt. They are ideal cats for a multi-cat household. This agreeable personality is often the result of a cat that has been well socialized as a kitten.
Dealing with them: Agreeable behavior doesn't need much of dealing with. From time to time, their thinking ability needs to be challenged in terms of decision making. Therefore making them independent with good training is advisable.
Of course, every cat is unique and has its own blended personality. But being in tune with your cat’s personality can help you better meet your cat's needs on an individual level and provide them with the ultimate kitty paradise in your home.