While humans may be nowhere close to being biologically related to cats, these meowing furballs share more things in common with their masters that one might realise.
Anyone who has ever met more than one cat in their life can easily tell that each and every cat has their own individual personality.
Some are shy, others are fierce; one might ignore you, while another will demand a few scratches under the chin from you.
One might assume that cats, like humans, have a kaleidoscope of personalities, and you would actually be right.
Many psychologists believe that humans have five general personality traits, called the “Big Five”, namely: extraversion, agreeableness, openness to experience, conscientiousness and neuroticism.
For cats however, they have been assigned the “Feline Five” which dictates how a cat will behave in certain circumstances.
So, what are the “Feline Five” traits and which one does your cat exhibit the strongest?
This is the cat that darts off into dark, unreachable corners as soon as you come within a few feet of her.
Anything and everything, from loud sounds to cucumbers on the floor, causes this poor kitty’s fur to stand on end.
If your cat is exhibiting signs of skittishness, there’s a strong possibility that there is something stressing her out, including bad experiences with humans.
Take the time to comfort your cat and let her get familiarised with you and her new surroundings.
It also helps to provide her with plenty of hiding places, probably in the form of boxes for her to retreat to when she needs to feel safe.
If skittish cats scurry away as you approach, outgoing cats will saunter up to you to investigate you curiously.
They are the explorers of the household, going into places where no cat should go and sometimes getting themselves into trouble because of it.
Their energy levels are seemingly limitless, and they might just chase you around for the fun of it.
Outgoing cats have to be kept active constantly, otherwise boredom will lead them to engage in bad habits.
Hence, a box full of toys and taking some time to play with them will make your curious kitty a happy one.
You don’t have to figure out what this cat’s personality type entails, for it will spell it out for you.
They are the boss of their household and they want everyone, including you, to know it.
If you have more than one animal at home, you can be almost certain that this dominant cat will bully its companions into submission.
They have little tolerance for sharing a house and will make you suffer for introducing another cat into the household.
If you insist on keeping a dominant cat with other cats, give the dominant cat its own food bowl and litter tray far away from its siblings to avoid triggering conflict.
Cats that exhibit high levels of spontaneity will do whatever they want whenever they want with little rhyme or reason.
They are highly impulsive, acting on their own will and also ridiculously erratic, changing tack at their whim and fancy.
If they face the same situation twice, they may react differently on the second time than they did on the first.
It is likely these cats are full of energy and may be filled with anxiety, which explains why they are constantly uncertain of what they want to do.
Be gentle with them and help them come up with a routine through set mealtimes and playtimes; this helps them figure out what to expect.
As soon as you get home and open the front door, this cat will immediately come up to greet you with a friendly headbutt.
They jump onto you to get cuddles and purr contentedly just sitting on your lap.
These friendly cats are unsurprisingly the type that every cat lover wants, and they settle very well into households with multiple cats, unlike their dominant counterparts.
However, if your cat’s demeanour changes from friendly to something else, it should serve as a warning that something is bothering your cat.
If that happens, be sure to take them to a veterinarian to check out what exactly is behind her strange new behaviour.