Updated: May 4
Your cat's personality is a unique, complex and dynamic mixture of nature and nurture. We believe that almost all cats can be catventurous in their own way, especially when their individual personality traits are better understood and taken into consideration. Take our questionnaire for more insight into your cat's personality!
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In 2017, researchers in Australia and New Zealand adapted the Five Factor Model used by psychologists to describe human personality traits. They characterised cat personalities in terms of "The Feline Five" as follows:
Neuroticism - skittish, highly strung cats with high scores for insecurity, anxiety, fearfulness, suspiciousness and shyness;
Extraversion - outgoing cats who are easily bored with high scores for activity, vigilance, curiosity, inquisitiveness, inventiveness and intelligence;
Dominance - dominant cats with high scores for bullying, dominant behaviour, monopolising resources and human attention and aggression towards other cats;
Impulsiveness - spontaneous cats with high scores for impulsive, erratic, unpredictable and reckless behaviour;
Agreeableness - friendly, well-adjusted cats with high scores for sociable, gentle and affectionate behaviour towards humans and other cats.
This model of feline personality profiling has multiple potential applications, including allowing us to better understand our feline family member's personality and needs as we help them towards becoming a confident and flourishing catventurer.
To help you better understand your cat's personality, Catventurous has adapted the Five Factor Model into a personality questionnaire specifically tailored to potential catventurers.
You can download it and use it for free here:
Feline personality profiling has multiple potential applications, including allowing us to better understand our feline family member's personality and needs as we help them towards becoming a confident and flourishing catventurer.
Those cats who take to a catventurous lifestyle with seeming ease will tend to be lower in Neuroticism, higher in Extraversion, and mid-range to higher in Agreeableness. Cats who may require more time, tailored training and confidence-building in working towards a catventurous lifestyle that suits them will tend to be higher in Neuroticism, lower in Extraversion and lower in Agreeableness.
However, it is important to understand that, given the favourable conditions and when matched with a complementary human personality that can build a secure human-cat bond based on confidence and trust, cats with a variety of personality traits have the potential to become happy, healthy catventurers in a way that suits them and their humans.
Given the right conditions and when matched with a complementary human personality, cats with a variety of personality traits have the potential to become happy catventurers in a way that suits them and their humans.
An initial assessment of your cat’s personality can help you understand how your cat or kitten will adapt to a catventurous lifestyle and where you may need to pay special attention to their individual needs. Following are additional, more specific considerations for aspiring catventurers.
A personality assessment can help you predict how ‘trainable’ your cat is and how readily he/she may adapt to being outside on harness and leash. Extraverted and agreeable cats and kittens will most likely be the easiest to train but getting any cat to do what you want them to do is, of course, never certain (which, let’s face it, is partly why we love them.) In general, kittens will respond more readily to training, as will cats who have a clear ‘currency’ you can use as a motivator. For example, if your cat is highly motivated by food, you can use this as a positive reinforcement tool for the behaviours you wish to encourage. Again, it is important to understand that when training is tailored to an individual cat's personality and needs almost all cats are trainable and can benefit from the stimulation and bonding with humans that it brings.
Cats and kittens who exhibit naturally inquisitive and curious personality traits and who score high in Extraversion will, in general, adapt to a catventurous lifestyle more readily than those who don’t. Inquisitive cats who easily become bored, when combined with other complementary personality traits, may be more naturally open to the new experiences.
A catventurous lifestyle may involve meeting other humans, dogs and cats and sociable, outgoing cats are more likely to adapt positively to these encounters. However outgoing and friendly your cat may be though, we cannot recommend highly enough that on any outing, long or short, intrepid or mellow, your catventurer always has a ‘safe space’ in the form of a backpack or other carrier that he/she can retreat to for whatever reason, including when he/she is not feeling particularly sociable.
The time and effort you invest in nurturing a secure, trusting bond between you and your cat or kitten is one of the most important factors in determining whether your cat will become a confident and thriving catventurer.
The Bond Between You and Your Cat
The time and effort you invest in nurturing a secure, trusting bond between you and your cat or kitten are the most important factors in determining whether your cat will become a confident and thriving catventurer, regardless of their overall personality. Each cat and human and the bond between them is different but, in general, well-adjusted cats who score high in Agreeableness may more readily form close attachment bonds with their humans.
Have something to add to this discussion or want to tell us about your catventurer’s personality? We would love to hear from you in the comments or via email at email@example.com.
Charlotte & Melba
Votre chat a-t-il une personnalité adaptée pour devenir un cha'venturier ?
La personnalité de votre chat est le fruit du mélange unique, complexe et dynamique issu de l'inné et de l'acquis. Nous pensons que presque tous les chats peuvent être cha'venturiers à leur manière, surtout lorsque leurs traits de personnalité individuels sont mieux compris et pris en considération. Répondez à notre questionnaire pour mieux connaître la personnalité de votre chat.
Personnalités des chats
En 2017, des chercheurs d'Australie et de Nouvelle-Zélande ont adapté le modèle
« Big Five » utilisé par les psychologues pour décrire les traits de la personnalité humaine. Ils ont à leur tour caractérisé la personnalité des chats « The Feline Five » comme suit :
Névrotisme : chats nerveux et très tendus, avec des scores élevés d'insécurité, d'anxiété, de peur, de suspicion et de timidité ;
Extraversion : chats extravertis qui s'ennuient facilement, avec des scores élevés pour l'activité, la vigilance, la curiosité, l'esprit d'investigation, l