What's Your Cat's Personality?

Take CAT FANCY's cat personality quiz to find out your cat's type.

By Brad Kollus

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Four Mixed-Breed Cats
Take the CAT FANCY cat personality quiz to see if your cat is a:

Hyper Hank

Steady Sam

Nervous Nelly

Fun Furry

Find our your cat's personality type with this quiz. Select one answer each from the questions below.

1. When you play with your cat, what does she do?

a. Plays with you for a long time
b. Runs away from the toy's movement
c. Plays sometimes, and only for a short time
d. Likes to play for a while, but then runs around the house
e. Ignores the toy and continues to sleep on the couch or on your lap

2. When there is a loud storm outside, your cat typically:
a. Stays by your side, watching the storm
b. Clashes with your other cats, dogs or chases his tail
c. Doesn't act any differently
d. Runs at every thunderclap
e. Sleeps right through it on your lap

3. A stranger visits your house. How does your cat respond?
a. Slowly approaches the stranger and eventually allows the person to pet her
b. Runs away to her favorite hiding place
c. Approaches the stranger and sniffs him, walks away but stays in the room
d. Doesn't pay attention to the new person
e. Notices the stranger, but stays put where she is

4. How would your cat welcome a new kitten?
a. Approach the kitten and want to play with the it
b. Immediately run away and hide from this new competitor
c. Go up to the kitten, sniff it and then move on to his regular activities
d. Hiss and growl at the new kitten
e. Watch the kitten from a distance

5. What does your cat do when you put her in her carrier to go to the vet?
a. Goes in the carrier and is happy to go for a ride
b. Runs and hides when she sees the carrier; when you find your cat, she might scratch or bite to fight against going into the carrier
c. Lets you put her in the carrier, but with some resistance
d. You have to chase your cat around the house. When you catch her, your cat hisses, growls, spits and might pee or poop to fight against going into the carrier
e. Freezes up but lets you put her in the carrier

6. If you were to bring home a new baby, how would your cat react?
a. Your cat would be very interested in the baby and want to be around it
b. He would hide, especially when the baby cries, and might soil the baby's items
c. Your cat probably wouldn't notice
d. He would hiss and growl at the baby and hide from it
e. Your cat would be really jealous and demand for more attention through pawing at you, following you around more or crying

7. When cutting your cat's nails, she typically:
a. Allows you to groom her
b. Runs and hides. When you do find your cat, she fights being groomed.
c. Runs away, but eventually succumbs and allows to be groomed
d. Makes you chase her around the house. When you capture your cat she will bite, scratch and hiss to fight getting her nails clipped.
e. Squirms a lot, but you can accomplish the job

8. What does your cat do when you vacuum?
a. Your cat sees it as a game, and tries to ride it or chase it
b. Hides as far away as it can get
c. Your cat is startled by the vacuum, but then is not concerned by it
d. Runs around the house terrified
e. Leaves the room to continue resting elsewhere

9. What is your cat's night routine when you go to bed?
a. Plays with her toys or comes into your bed, trying to get you up to play
b. Comes out from hiding to eat, uses the litterbox, etc.
c. Sleeps in another room or wanders around the house
d. Races up and down the halls of your house
e. Comes to bed and sleeps with you

10. When another cat that is outside approaches your patio door, what does your cat do?
a. Follows the cat around from inside, trying to play with other cat
b. Runs and hides
c. Sniffs around by the window at the cat, but then wanders away
d. Hisses and growls through the window, may spray near the window
e. Meows or paws at you to get your attention that there's another cat intruding

11. If your cat were introduced to a new dog, what would she do?  
a. Chase the dog
b. Run away and hide
c. Ignore the dog
d. Hiss and growl at the dog
e. Climb up on something high to observe the dog from afar 

12. When your cat finds a bug in the house, how does he react?
a. Bats and plays with the bug
b. Backs away from the bug
c. Chases the bug for a little bit, but it wouldn't hold her interest for long
d. Stalks the bug until she kills it
e. Your cat would rather sleep than chase a bug.

13. How does your cat react when friends visit?
a. Walks up to the person, expecting to be petted
b. Runs away and hides
c. Sniffs your friend and tolerates a little petting
d. Wants your friend to play with her
e. Curls up in your friend's lap

14. What would your cat do if you moved into a new home?
a. Run back and forth from you to explore the place
b. Look for the best spot to hide
c. Methodically move from room to room, investigating the entire house
d. Race around the place for hours
e. Stay by your side as you move things around and unpack

15. When visiting children want to play with your cat, how does she react?
a. Plays for hours with the kids
b. Hides from them
c. Ignores the children, but runs away if approached
d. Your cat already has her own game of racing up and down the hallways.
e. Allows the children to gently pet her, but isn't interested in playing

16. What is your cat's feeding routine?
a. Immediately comes out to eat
b. Waits for everyone to be gone or even eats at night
c. Comes to eat when he's hungry
d. Jumps and flips whenever food is brought out
e. Eats when you eat

17. How does your cat react when you try to give her a pill?
a. She's not happy, but she will take the pill without too much of a fight
b. Once your cat realizes it's time for a pill, the procedure is almost impossible
c. Your cat will struggle, but eventually let you give the pill to her
d. She will run around the house, making it almost impossible for you to catch your cat, let alone give her a pill
e. She will freeze up, and it takes several tries to get the pill down

18. When you pet your cat, how does he normally act?
a. Loves being petted any time by most family members
b. Allows one person to pet him regularly
c. Allows all family members to pet him, but not for too long
d. Doesn't enjoy being petted
e. Loves when anyone pets him

19. What does your cat do when someone pet-sits?
a. Wants to play and be petted
b. Runs away and hides
c. Will come out and see who the visitor is and may allow some petting
d. Runs around stopping to find out who the visitor is
e. Sniffs but once recognizes the smell continues to sleep

20. If you brush your cat's teeth, he typically:
a. Finds it a game
b. Hides so you can't find him
c. Makes the process difficult, but eventually concedes
d. Runs away
e. Tolerates it 

Count up your responses:

If you answered mostly “a”s then you have a Fun Fluffy
If you answered mostly “b”s then you have a Nervous Nelly
If you answered mostly “c”s then you have a Steady Sam
If you answered mostly “d”s then you have a Hyper Hank
If you answered mostly “e”s then you have a Cuddly Cutie

Personality Characteristics

Researchers have studied different aspects of cats' personality characteristics and have determined that there are three personality dimensions that every cat has.

1. Active - Inactive

An active cat runs around the house, loves to play and is constantly looking for an opportunity to get his person to play with him. An inactive cat spends most of his time sleeping or resting with no desire to play.

2. Social - Unsocial

A social cat comes to see visitors and strangers when they come to the house, enjoys being petted by them, and even sits on their lap. An unsocial cat hides from visitors and does not want to be petted or approached, sometimes even from certain family members.

3. Even Temperament - Uneven Temperament

A cat with an even temperament does not get scared easily from thunderstorms, loud noises or visits to the veterinarian. A cat with an uneven temperament will hide the moment there is any loud noise, thunderstorm or party, or, when you try to get her into her cat carrier.


Fun Fluffies Score:
1. High on activity
2. High on being social
3. High on having an even-temperament
Mixed-Breed Cat Being Petted
Nervous Nellies Score:
1. Low on activity
2. Low on being social
3. Has a very uneven temperament
Cat Hiding in Bag
Steady Sams Scores:
1. Average on activity
2. Average on being social
3. Has a medium temperament
Calm Cat Picture
Hyper Hanks Score:
1. High on Activity
2. Low-Medium on being social
3. Very uneven temperament
Cat Attacking Paper Towels
Cuddly Cutie Score:
1. Low on activity
2. High on being social
3. Has an even temperament
Kitten in Pocket

Brad Kollus is a freelance writer, specializing in the human-feline bond. He lives with his wife Elizabeth, son Dylan and their four cats.

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Laura    Atlanta, GA

11/25/2014 10:35:58 PM

My cat scored 10 b's making her a nervous nelly. We got her as a rescue at 4 months old, and the beginning of her life was very traumatic as she was abandon fed and found in an office building. Her personality has not changed, she only likes our family. Some reason, she knows when it's just us or if there are extra people. She has ripped a hole under my bed and hides when we have company. She senses someone new is in the house and panics. For example, We will be cuddling and if someone opens a door or a sound is made she jumps as fast as she can and scratches me. I can't tell if she had anxiety. She is only a little mean when we play, but she loves to cuddle. (cuddling as I write this) Any tips to make her interact more? We love her, but she is always scared and none of our friends thing we have a cat due to her lack of social interaction.

Charlotte    miami, FL

11/18/2014 5:35:36 AM

i got 5 d's 7c's and 6 e's

My cat really is a Steady Sam. But that's okay because he's still a sweetie. :)

5514f5red    fall river, MA

10/18/2014 10:37:41 AM

its true my cat is very hyper. hyper hank

Sara    Clovis, CA

9/30/2014 5:15:22 PM

Nervous Nellie - - hands down. She has been that way since I adopted her. Only person she is closest to is me. She is just like me.

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