Cat Personality Test
The idea of animals possessing personalities was once dismissed by the scientific community but has since gained traction in light of modern research.
Based on the work of Carla Litchfield and colleagues at the University of South Australia, the “Feline Five,” test measures your cat’s personality on five reliable personality factors, using principal axis factor analysis.
What is your cat like? For each of the following statements, indicate how well it applies to your cat below.
Question 1 of 35
Is undeterred by punishment, i.e., will repeat behaviors he/she is scolded for.
The IDRlabs Cat Personality Test was developed by IDRlabs. The Cat Personality Test is based on the work of Carla Litchfield and colleagues at the University of South Australia. IDRlabs is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of personality psychology, counseling psychology, or any affiliated research institutions.
The test measures the following cat personality traits: Extroverted vs. Introverted: Extroverted cats are characterized by high levels of externally-oriented activity. They are energetic, sociable, pleasure-seeking, and they enjoy interacting with other beings. Introverted cats, on the other hand, tend to be more reserved, quiet, low-key, and subdued. Introverted cats also tend to need more time alone to feel at ease.
Dominant vs. Meek: Dominant cats will chase other pets and/or humans, pick fights with them, displace other pets from favored positions, steal their food, etc. Meek cats are more acquiescent and are more inclined to “just exist” at whatever step of the ladder seems serene and tranquil for them.
Impulsive vs. Cautious: Impulsive cats are fearless, intrepid, and impetuous – doing whatever strikes their fancy with little consistency or predictability to their actions. Cautious cats are not so easily stimulated by their environment and keep to the narrower set of activities that they like.
Kind vs. Unfriendly: Kind cats take an interest in interacting pleasantly with others and are mild, kind, and sympathetic. They have a tendency to obey their masters and get along well with other cats. Disagreeable cats are more self-serving and typically less interested in positive interactions with others.
Neurotic vs. Calm: Neurotic cats easily feel threatened in the world and are thus susceptible to experiencing anxiety, stress, and depression to a greater degree than other cats. Calm cats are less likely to be stressed out by adversity and exhibit greater calm and serenity when faced with threats.
The test is based on the following scientific paper: Litchfield CA, Quinton G, Tindle H, Chiera B, Kikillus KH, Roetman P (2017) The ‘Feline Five’: An exploration of personality in pet cats (Felis catus). PLoS ONE 12(8): e0183455.
As the publishers of this free Cat Personality Test, which allows you to screen your cat for characteristics and manifestations of the five major cat personality traits, we have striven to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online tests and quizzes such as the present Cat Personality Test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.