The 5 Different Cat Personality Types

When it comes to cats, many people have a single stereotypical idea of them. But researchers think there are actually 5 different cat personality types. Learn more about them here!
The 5 Different Cat Personality Types

Last update: 15 September, 2019

We’ve all heard about how cats have 9 lives. But whereas most people see that as a myth, no one will deny that they have very strong personalities. In this article, we’re going to tell you about the different cat personality types, so you can learn more about yours.

If you’ve ever lived with a cat, you’ll know that they’re perfectly capable of expressing emotions, but in their own way. In fact, scientific research is starting to show just how smart cats are.

How do you identify a cat’s personality?

There are many scientists around the world who have dedicated their entire careers to studying cats’ behavior and their owners.

A cat staring into the camera.

One study used over 200 cats for a combination of tests. Their goal was to determine the main characteristics of their personality. The researchers also had owners respond to a questionnaire about their cats’ attitudes and the relationship between them.

The results led them to conclude that there are five different cat personality types. They also theorized that each cat’s personality comes 50% from characteristics inherent to their breed or family, and the other 50% comes from its lived experiences.

According to these studies, then, you can’t predict a cat’s behavior with complete certainty just by choosing its breed. For one thing, this is because it’s impossible to completely predict the attitudes and reaction of any animal. The socialization process, combined with a good upbringing, are fundamental parts of having a pet.

What are the 5 different cat personality types?

Here are some quick descriptions of each of the 5 cat personality types. Which do you think yours is?

Human cat

These are the types of cat that will seem most sociable towards humans. It’s really easy for them to live with their owners, and they tend to be good at meeting new people. They love nothing more than affection, and will spend lots of time purring by their owners.

Cat’s cat

These types of cat have an easy time living alongside and getting along with other cats. They tend to be only moderately dependent on their owners because they have the company of other members of their species.

Inquisitive cat

An inquisitive cat is always extremely curious. They’re constantly exploring their territory, and tend to be cautious around new people and animals.

You have to be very careful to make sure they don’t feel threatened, so that they don’t react aggressively. It’s also important to raise them properly so that you can live together peacefully.

Hunter cat

Many cats have even sharper hunting instincts than your average cat. The hunter cat likes to show its prey to its owners as a sign of affection. This type of cat needs constant exercise to stimulate both its body and mind.

Cantankerous cat

This is the most stereotypical cat personality. It’s the one that gives them their reputation as being indifferent and aloof, even towards their owners. But the reality is that they’re independent and like to be alone, like some of the big cats. They express their affection in other ways, rather than seeking affection.

Common personality traits

The researchers also found that there were some personality traits that every cat they studied had in common. Here they are:


It’s a simple fact that cats are generally more independent than dogs. This is a characteristic of just about every cat. 


It’s not easy to house-train a cat. It can be difficult just to socialize them, too, even with professional help. But there’s also something so magnetic about their personalities. They’re determined, mentally active, and very intelligent.


This is another aspect where they surpass dogs. Cats are extremely territorial. They may be able to live well with human owners and other pets, but they really prefer their space to be respected.

You also have to be careful when you’re bringing a new pet or family member to the home. Cats can become very skittish and aggressive, especially if they haven’t been properly socialized.


Cats have a more active metabolism at night. This is yet another one of their inherited characteristics. It’s very common to notice your cat wanting to hunt or play after the sun has gone down. This is also why they may sleep most of the morning and afternoon.

A cat sitting on a rug.


Another stereotype about cats is that they hate water. That’s mostly true: they aren’t big fans of baths. But that doesn’t mean they’re not extremely hygienic and are very meticulous about keeping their bodies clean.

As a cat owner, your main goal should be to keep your cat’s areas clean. For example, don’t put its food bowls in the same place as its litter box. It’s worth remembering that they won’t sleep or eat in a dirty environment.

So, those are the different cat personality types. Which do you think describes your’s best?

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