Cat Purrsonality Introduction

~Cat Purrsonality Test~

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The following questions are designed to discover clues about your cat's basic approach to life. Chose the answers that you feel best describe your cat. If neither answer is a perfect fit, pick the one that comes the closest to describing your cat's behavior most of the time.

[1] When placed in a new environment my cat.....

[] crouches down, slinks about, and seeks a place to hide.

[] strolls about investigating.
[2] Most of the time when I am at home.....

[] my cat will be in its favorite spot reqardless of where I am.

[] my cat will usually be in the same room that I am.
[3] When picked up my cat.....

[] is relaxed and easy to control.

[] squirms, struggles, or complains until I let it go or it gets away.
[4] When my cat wants to get my attention .....

[] it meows to call me to where it needs me.

[] it stares at me (or might touch me with its paw) until it catches my eye then shows me what it wants.
[5] Strange noises cause my cat to.....

[] lay back its ears, crouch down and think about an escape.

[] perk up its ears, look towards or even approach the source of the sound.
[6] My cat.....

[] rarely seeks my attention.

[] often seeks my attention.
[7] Trimming my cat’s claws.....

[] is relatively easy for me to do.

[] is such an ordeal that I rarely go to the trouble of trimming them.
[8] When I speak to my cat.....

[] it usually speaks back with a meow, chirp or murmur.

[] it usually acknowledges with a gesture or movement.
[9] When a new object is placed in my cat’s environment it.....

[] looks at it from a distance, then slowly circles it, and eventually gets close enough to sniff it.

[] walks right up to it, sniffs it,and may touch it with its paw.
[10] When it comes to petting and body contact with familiar people and/or pets.....

[] my cat will tolerate a limited amount.

[] my cat seems to enjoy contact with others.
[11] When I take my cat to the veterinarian.....

[] It is well behaved, and easy to work with.

[] It complains loudly and/or struggles and fights the entire visit.
[12] I can tell when my cat is annoyed.....

[] by the tone of its voice. (It growls, grumbles, or meows in an irritated manner.)

[] by the movement of its tail and the position of its ears.
[13] When approaching an object (box, bag, toy, etc.) an unexpected movement, or noise may cause my cat to startle, and then it will most likely.....

[] retreat and re-think his stratedgy.

[] pay closer attention or even pounce on the object.
[14] Playtime for my cat.....

[] is an individual sport and it will often stop if I or another cat tries to participate.

[] often involves me or another cat (or dog), an interactive toy, or a toy it has brought to me to throw for it.
[15] My cat will.....

[] will graciously let me do almost anything to it.

[] allow me to do things to him, but he makes it clear that he is not happy and his patience is limited.
[16] If my cat gets locked in a closet (room, cabinet, carrier etc.).....

[] it is easy to find because it will meow loudly until let out.

[] it may be hard to find because it speaks softly if at all.
[17] For my cat, a door open to the outside is perceived to be.....

[] a potential source of danger which needs to be avoided or at least approached with care.

[] an invitation to adventure.
[18] When I pet my cat.....

[] it lets me briefly touch its head and neck but objects to much in the way of stroking.

[] it encourages my caress by pressing into my hand, rubbing with its head and face, purring, and raising its hind quarters when I stroke its body.
[19] For as long as I have known it, my cat.....

[] has felt that “discretion is the better part of valor.” (It will ignore, charm, or retreat from a potential adversary.)

[] has felt that “the best defense is a good offence.” (It will threaten, verbally or physically, in hopes of intimidating a potential opponent.)
[20] My cat.....

[] often voices its opinions by meowing, chirping, or grumbling.

[] usually keeps its opinions to itself, or expects me to notice its subtle body language.
[21] In a familiar environment my cat.....

[] comes out of its shell and seems relaxed and playful.

[] gets bored easily and seems to be looking for “adventure.”
[22] My cat likes to sleep.....

[] alone and undisturbed.

[] with me or another cat, dog, or person.
[23] When we have a difference of opinion,....

[] my cat politely allows me to think I am the boss .

[] my cat grudgingly allows me to think that I am the boss.
[24] To wake me up my cat.....

[] starts meowing early and often.

[] sits on the end of the bed and stares at me, touches my nose with its, walks over me, or engages in a noisy activity.
[25] My cat.....

[] is anxious when riding in a car (but may relax on a long trip or if it is part of a familiar routine)

[] enjoys riding in the car (or at least doesn't seem to mind it) but may become bored on a long trip.
[26] When it comes to unfamiliar cats my cat is.....

[] distrustful, disinterested or openly hostile to any advances.

[] curious and may be open to possible interaction.
[27] In a stressful situation from which it can not escape (like a car ride, vet visit, grooming, boarding etc.) my cat will.....

[] sit quietly or may actually purr in a meditative manner as though it is trying to maintain its composure.

[] crouch in a defensive manner and growl hiss or spit to try and ward off any approach.
[28] When it greets me it is more likely that my cat will.....

[] speak to me.

[] touch me.
[29] In a veterinary exam room my cat.....

[] hides in its carrier hoping to escape notice.

[] marches out of its carrier, and if allowed, would take a self-guided tour of the hospital.
[30] Whatever I am doing my cat.....

[] rarely shows any interest (unless, maybe, when it involves food).

[] frequently wants to observe, often wants to "help", and tends to gets right in the middle of things.
[31] My vet (friend, sister, neighbor etc.) showed me how to give pills (comb, trim claws, use eye medication, brush teeth etc.).....

[] I thought, I will be able to do this with my cat with a bit of practice.

[] I knew that my cat would probably discourage my efforts.
[32] My cat meows.....

[] often and it can be loud and annoying.

[] rarely and when he does it is so soft you can barely hear it.
[33] The door bell (or knock on the door) is a signal for my cat to.....

[] slip off to its favorite safe zone.

[] trot over and see who is there.
[34] My cat feels that it needs to follow me to the bathroom.....

[] seldom if ever.

[] almost always.
[35] When faced with an adversary of superior size and unknown intentions (like a veterinarian, groomer, new roomate ...) my cat will.....

[] reserve judgement, bide its time, and fight only as a last resort.

[] assume the worst and be prepared with all weapons drawn, ready to rumble.
[36] Communicating with my cat is like.....

[] having a conversation. (I speak, it meows)

[] reading sign language. (I do the talking, he responds with gestures)
[37] My cat prefers.....

[] resting areas that are sheltered or from which escape to its safe zone is easy.

[] resting areas that are in exposed active parts of the home where it can keep an eye out for new adventures.
[38] When it comes to making friends (human or otherwise).....

[] it is a long slow process. My cat does not seem all that interested in social interaction.

[] my cat is charming, and seems to actively seek social contact.
[39] The notes in my cat’s medical record describing his behavior,probably.....

[] describe a manageable, perhaps even friendly patient.

[] warn that caution should be exercised in persuading my cat to submit to an examination.
[40] I would describe my cat as.....

[] demanding. (tends to tell me what it wants)

[] persuasive. (subtly indicates what it wants)
[41] My cat recognizes the approach of familiar people.....

[] and may even greet them at the door, but strangers approaching cause it to seek a hiding spot.

[] and may or may not greet them, but strangers will attract its interest and it will investigate.
[42] Veterinary office staff, pet sitters or others who have cared for my cat.....

[] have worried because it did not respond to their friendly advances even after period of becoming familiar.

[] have remarked that my cat is so friendly.
[43] When I want affectionate contact with my cat.....

[] I can pick it up and put it on my lap and it will settle in for a nice massage.

[] I have to wait for it to come to me. If I try to make it sit on my lap it will squirm and struggle until I let it go.
[44] When my cat is distressed at the veterinarian's office.....

[] everybody in the waiting room knows it. (Its protests are voiced in a loud persistent manner.)

[] you would never know it unless you were in the exam room with it. (It may scratch or bite, but his protests are rarely expressed out loud.)
[45] The vacuum cleaner.....

[] is a source of terror for my cat.

[] is a matter of indifference, amusement, or fascination for my cat.
[46] When there are visitors in my house.....

[] my cat prefers to retire to a quiet part of the home.

[] if they are familiar to it my cat will “join the party”.
[47] I have actually been a little afraid of my cat in some situations.....

[] no

[] yes
[48] If my cat were a performer, he would be.....

[] an opera singer, or a Shakesperian actor. (talks a lot).

[] a mime or a silent film star. (seldom talks).
[49] Clapping hands or banging noises.....

[] cause my cat to stop what it is doing and run.

[] may cause my cat to stop for a moment and blink its eyes and layback its ears in distaste, but are not much of a deterrent for unwanted behavior.
[50] It is my sense that my cat is.....

[] happiest when it has the house to itself.

[] lonely if it is home alone for any length of time.
[51] When push comes to shove, my cat.....

[] might put on a bit of a show, but it will back down and allow you to do what needs to be done.

[] gets worse and worse the more you struggle with it and will get to the point of hysteria if you do not back down.
[52] At meal time my cat.....

[] talks to me the whole time while I am preparing and serving its meal.

[] may actually speak once or twice, but is generally quite.
[53] If I am not careful to avoid making loud noises or unexpected fast moves, my cat.....

[] can be easily provoked to a state of panic.

[] it does not matter my cat is not easily frightened nor does it panic.
[54] I have another cat(s) in my home.....

[] my cat tolerates the other cat(s), but would rather be alone.

[] my cat enjoys the company of the other cat(s), they will often play and sleep together.
[55] If I need to sit in a chair that my cat is lying in .....

[] it will gladly share the chair with me.

[] it will resent my intrusion if I try to share the chair or move it.
[56] When my cat meows out loud.....

[] it is just business as usual, it often expresses its opinion by meowing.

[] something must be really bothering it, it rarely meows out loud.
[57] I would describe my cat as.....

[] skittish.

[] adventuresome.
[58] When I make eye contact or speak to my cat, it.....

[] looks away rapidly, ignores me, or walks away.

[] speaks back, approaches me, or rolls over and gives me a "come hither" look.
[59] When I stop my cat from doing something that he wants to do (like, get on the kitchen counter, get into his bag of dry food, dash out the door, scratch on the furniture etc.).....

[] it gracefully complies with my wishes.

[] ,although it does what I want, it acts a bit angry that I would presume to interfere with its wishes.
[60] When it comes to communicating with me, I would describe my cat as .....

[] verbal.

[] expressive.
[61] My impression is that my cat is.....

[] timid.

[] brave.
[62] Based on our relationship with each other I would call my cat.....

[] independent.

[] dependent.
[63] I would say that my cat is more

[] passive and easy-going.

[] active and resistant to manipulation.
[64] If I were trying to hide the fact that I had a cat living with me....

[] it would be dificult with my cat, because the neighbors might hear him meowing.

[] It would be fairly easy with my cat, he rarely meows.

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