4 Most Dominant Personality Traits To Look For In Cats
Veterinarian Reviewed by Dr. Janice Huntingford, DVM on November 10, 2017
Posted in Behavior Management
With so many different breeds to choose from, finding the perfect cat for you almost seems like an impossibility. The selection process, however, becomes much more simple when you base your decision on the personality trait that is most important to you. It all comes down to what you are really looking for in a pet cat, and the kind of life you expect to lead in the future. Once you figure this out, your search will be narrowed down to a relatively small group of breeds that best exhibit the characteristics you have in mind.
Not sure which traits separate one cat from another? Here are the 4 most dominant traits in cats:
1. Outgoing and Sociable
Lots of cat people love dogs but would prefer a pet that understands the fine line between “greeting” and “attacking.” These are basically dogs trapped in the body of a cat. They are energetic, vocal, and always willing to play or come to your side. Some might even enjoy playing their own version of “fetch!” If you like having friends or relatives over, these cats will happily introduce themselves to your guests.
Outgoing and sociable breeds include Main Coons, Abyssinians, and Burmese. They can entertain themselves just fine but will typically want to participate in your activities.
2. Independent and Calm
It’s completely acceptable to want a cat but not have a lot of free time to spare. You just need a cat that won’t act out if left alone and doesn’t require much maintenance or socializing. These docile cats tend to be more interested in their surroundings than people and will gladly spend the day just hanging out, observing the peace around them.
American Shorthairs, British Shorthairs, and Somalis are just a few breeds meant for owners that prefer laid-back, even-tempered, occasionally inquisitive cats. Persian cats are extremely calm and quiet as well but require daily grooming because of their long fur.
3. Curious and Busy
For some cats, their idea of “fun” is exploring, chasing, and playing. They have their own agendas and tend to go a little wild when they have found a new game or object to pursue. The Bengal Cat, for example, has even been known to join its owners in the shower or wherever the action is.
Another famously persistent and determined breed is the Turkish Angora, which, like the Bengal, will not hesitate to let you know what they want. While they aren’t necessarily considered “high-maintenance,” they would prefer their owners accompany them on their adventures.
4. Affectionate and Gentle
It’s safe to say that the majority of cat owners chose their pets because they wanted the affection that comes with unconditional love. They want cats that would greet them at the door and never refuse a hug. In other words, their ideal cat craved attention just as much as them. Keep in mind that the following breeds don’t want affection, they need it. If they are starved of human contact, you might notice a change in temperament.
The Ragdoll cat gets its name from how easily it collapses in its owner’s arms or lap. They will follow you from room to room, sleep with you, and make an effort to be wherever you are. Siamese cats prefer their owners to practically drop everything when they get home from work so they can spend time telling you how their day was. Other particularly affectionate breeds include the Oriental Shorthair, Exotic Shorthair, and Birman.
Ready To Make Your Decision?
While all of the breeds mentioned above will almost certainly exhibit the accompanying traits to some degree, it’s important to note that they will only behave as they are expected to if they are treated correctly. You must be the perfect partner to bring out their best qualities. This shouldn’t be too difficult, as evidenced by the overwhelming happiness of countless cat owners, regardless of their breed!
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Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan