"Understanding your cat's personality traits and recognising their idiosyncrasies are essential ingredients in maintaining their health and wellbeing," Professor Neville, British animal behaviourist, said.
"Even in the same household, and from the same litter, our furry friends can be like chalk and cheese when it comes to their individual behaviours and preferences. Like humans, the more we appreciate what makes them tick, the more we can fine tune our interactions, and create environments that encourage them to thrive by accommodating their social and emotional needs."
Take a look at the five personalities below...
1. Agreeable Alfie
If your cat is an Agreeable Alfie then they are super chilled, sociable and generally happy pets. Perfect for multi-cat households, this type of cat is the ideal role model for younger kittens, particularly rescue cats who need a helping hand.
" A well-adjusted cat can provide an endless amount of comfort, care, calm and cuddles," explain the team. "Just know that it's incredibly rare that a cat will fetch your slippers."
2. Bossy Bella
Is your cat a Bossy Bella? You'll soon be able to tell as these cats are famous for using their forceful presence to get what they want – such as cuddles and snacks. "These cats are masters in the art of manipulation, and can effortlessly wrap you around their little paws," add the team.
With assertive personalities, a Bossy Bella is also known for stealing food they have their eye on. Time to keep an eye on those treats left around the kitchen...
3. Nervous Nala
Nervous Nala's are known for their shy personalities, as well as having a more delicate disposition. While they do gain confidence over time, these cats are a little more reserved to begin with.
If you're not sure how to approach a shy cat, the team suggest: "Be patient. Nervous Nala's may only enjoy attention and cuddles when they initiate it, so always be ready to respond - and never pursue them to force attention on them."
4. Outgoing Oliver
Cats with this type of personality are much noisier and extroverted than others. In fact, according to data from Natusan, 36% of cat parents said their four-legged friends verbally greet them when they arrive home.
"Outgoing Oliver's become far louder with us than their own kind and simply up the volume and frequency until we respond to their needs," say the team. "They learn quickly that we humans respond most to vocal communication, and that we pay them more attention when they 'talk' to us."
5. Spontaneous Simba
Research from Natusan discovered that 22% of British cat parents live with a Spontaneous Simba — an impulsive cat with heaps of energy. "Whilst all cats go through a "scatty" phase as kittens, some cats stay "young-at-heart" and keep their youthful exuberance. Particularly, it seems, in the middle of the night..."
Do you have a Spontaneous Simba at home?
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