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What You Need to Know About Cat Personalities

Do cats have personalities? You bet they do! In fact, a cat’s personality can be classified into one of five different classes, similar to those created for humans. In a study done at the University of South Australia, 3,000 cats were tested to determine their personality. The cats in the study displayed a range of “human” behaviors, so much so that researchers were able to classify this conduct into these five distinct cat personalities:

If you struggle with your cat’s behavior problems, or if you have a multi-cat household where certain cats can’t seem to get along, understanding a cat’s personality may help you to recognize why your cat is behaving in a certain fashion. This understanding can help you develop a plan to make adjustments to the home, or provide your cat with something that is missing, like environmental enrichment.

Understanding your cat’s normal cat personality can also help you to better monitor your cat’s health. Changes in your cat’s personality could signal underlying medical issues. For instance, if your cat is normally outgoing and suddenly becomes withdrawn or is hiding more often, a medical issue could be to blame.

All About the Bengal Cat Personality

The Bengal cat may not be the best cat for everyone, particularly first-time cat owners. Bengal cats can be a blast to live with, but their energy level can make the day-to-day rather challenging. They are, however, very friendly and extremely intelligent, despite their need for constant interaction.

When a Bengal cat gets bored, they can become destructive, taking things apart to see how they work, and opening drawers and cabinets. Be sure to hide your jewelry from your Bengal, as they love to stow away shiny items.

Here are some more traits in the Bengal cat personality:

All About the Russian Blue Personality

The Russian Blue personality is gentle, sweet, and affectionate. This is a reserved cat, but once they get comfortable with you, they can be a playful, loving companion. Often described as elegant and stoic, the Russian Blue personality is warm, but not overly clingy toward family members. They may want to sleep with you, snuggle up with you on the couch, or follow you around as you complete household chores.

Here are some more Russian Blue personality traits:

All About the Calico Personality

Calico is not a breed of cat. The word “Calico” actually refers to the cat’s coat coloring. Calico cats have patches of three different colors in their coats: white, black, and orange.

Since Calico cats are not a specific breed of cat, their personalities will vary, but that hasn’t stopped certain characteristics from being attributed to this typically female feline.

Here are a few common traits attributed to Calicos:

All About the Ragdoll Personality

Sweet, friendly and loving, the Ragdoll breed is known for its calm demeanor and even temper. This uniquely calm attitude is one of the many reasons that the Ragdoll is one of the most popular breeds in America according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association.

A Ragdoll cat is eager to greet you at the front door and follow you everywhere you go. They have even been nicknamed the “puppy cat,” because of their desire to follow their humans around from one room to another, and because they simply love to be held, cuddled, and snuggled.

The Ragdoll has a moderate energy level and rarely shows signs of anxiety. Rather than climbing to the highest spot in your home, the Ragdoll prefers to stay at ground level, often lying on your feet or in your lap. They love snuggling with their owners and having a fuss made over them.