Friday, December 14, 2007

Pet psych

(I thought about Siletto Karen as I did this. I hope your baby, Boots, makes it back home safe and sound.)

I absolutely love this categorization index for cat's personalities. It's like the MBTI for the feline world and some shelters use it so that owners can better know what they're getting.

Here's the same for canines.

These are the feline personalities:

Purple Group (shy/laid back, as far as I can tell)
Private Investigator
I'm working undercover to keep an eye on you and your household. You may not even know you're under surveillance. I can vanish into thin air if anyone or anything interferes with my investigation. If you need a cat who knows how to stay out of trouble and will always keep your secrets, I just might take your case.

Secret Admirer
When it comes to relationships, I'm very level-headed. I don't leap in paws first, if you know what I mean. But give me a little time, and then I'll shower you with purrs, head-butts, and plenty of lap time. In the meantime, you may not see a lot of me but I'll be thinking a lot of you!

Love Bug
Do you seek affection? I do! If you also like petting, purrs, and paws kneading your lap, I think we might have a LOT in common. I'm looking for "someone who enjoys quiet times and togetherness." Could that someone be you?

Orange Group (People/social cats)
The Executive
I have to say, I'm a busy cat. First, I've got to check out what's happening out the window. Next, I'll see if any closets or cupboards need looking into. And then there are my naps can't be late for those. I can fit a little socializing into my schedule. Shall we plan on breakfast and dinner? I hope you like kibbles.

Like all sidekicks, I'm just plain good company. I like attention, and I also like my solitude. I don't go looking for trouble but I'm no scaredy-cat, either. If you are looking for a steady companion to travel with you on the road of life, look no further.

Personal Assistant
You're working on the computer? Let me press the keys. Reading the paper? I'll hold the pages down for you. Watching TV? I'll just plop in your lap so you can pet me. I love an orderly household, don't you? I'll help you with all your chores, and I'll help you relax when we're done. You'll wonder how you ever managed without me.

Green group (Independent/higher energy)
I'm a savvy cat who knows the score. I'm pretty unflappable, too. I don't mind entertaining myself, but a human companion at the other end of the couch and a nice scratch behind the ears always make my day. If you're looking for a resourceful addition to your team, think about signing this Most Valuable Pussycat.

Party Animal
I'm a cat on a mission: PARTY! I love to play and explore and test my limits. I'd love to play with you, but I can make a toy out of anything: pencils, post-it notes, potatoes. If you're looking for some laughs and someone to liven up the party, think about inviting me.

Leader of the Band
I'm a cat who does everything in a big way. I not only like to be in the middle of things - I like to lead the parade. I'm an adventurous cat, but I'll still make plenty of time to show you my affectionate side. I'm the demonstrative type, you might say. Want a cat who's brimming with confidence? That's me.

Memphie is a Private Investigator, mostly due to being afraid of Spence. If the situation was different, I think Memph would be even more of a Love Bug, as he definitely is that way, too. He wants lovin' on demand and will churp at me from my bedroom until he gets it.

Spence is either Leader of the Band or The Executive. He stays busy and occupies himself well, and yet I can't go to the bathroom by myself. He's a cross.

I think Sad!e was a Sidekick, although she had a bit of the Personal Assistant in her, the more obnoxious/funny 'being in the middle of things' traits.

Do you have a cat? What's yours like?


Anonymous said...

My kitties seem to have gone through different "personality" phases as they've gotten older. I have a 17 yr old and a 13 year old. They really change a lot as they age. And I've had them both since I could hold each one in one hand.

Cricket said...

When Sad!e died, she was almost 19. I had her from 5 weeks on. She was always the same Sidekick cat, always with me. Of course, when she was younger she played with milk tabs, chased flashlights, etc. And when she was older, she spent a lot of time on the cable box keeping warm. But I still think she was the same cat, always preferring to be attached to and owning me somehow.

brite69 said...

It's kinda hard to put my kitties into catagories, but Bitsy is DEFINITELY the party cat. The other ones just kinda watch her like she's on crack.

Aunt Becky said...

I think all three of mine are personal assistants.

It makes my house more chaotic, but lovable that way.

Well-heeled mom said...

Boots is a Personal Assistant and a Party Animal, but I see some of him in all the descriptions.

I really miss that little bugger. I'm still hoping for his return, but at the same time am getting a sinking feeling....if he was injured I'm so sorry I couldn't have been there to comfort and help him. He deserved that at the very least.

I_Sell_Books said...

I love kitties! Alas, I have none at the moment. But I can visit my best friend's cats, one of whom I've known since he was about 5 months old. They're both mellow, verging on dumb, but i love the critters. Ah...


BipolarLawyerCook said...

I miss having a cat. : (