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Give Your Kitty the Cat Personality Test

When it comes to personality, cats are very much like people.

That's the word from Australian researchers, who have created a cat personality test.

Just as humans have the "Big Five" personality traits (extraversion, agreeableness, openness to experience, conscientiousness and neuroticism), cats have their own "Feline Five"--and three overlap with human personality traits.

Led by Philip Roetman from the University of South Australia, the research team created a cat personality test and asked the owners of about 2,800 domestic cats in Australia and New Zealand to give the test to their felines. Owners ranked their kitties on a scale of one to seven for each of 52 behaviors and traits, including clumsy, reckless and vocal.

The team then aggregated the responses for these micro-traits to create five broad feline personality dimensions and gave each cat a score for each trait.

Here are the "Feline Five" personality traits. Which one (or ones) best describe your cat?
1. Skittishness: anxious and fearful vs. calm and trusting (akin to neuroticism in people)

2. Outgoingness: curious and active vs. aimless (akin to extraversion in people)

3. Dominance: bullying and aggressive to other cats vs. friendly and submissive to other cats

4. Spontaneity: impulsive and erratic vs. predictable and constrained

5. Friendliness: highly friendly and affectionate vs. solitary and irritable (akin to agreeableness in people)

For comparison, here are the "Big Five" human personality traits:
1. Openness to experience: inventive and curious vs. consistent and cautious

2. Conscientiousness: efficient and organized vs. easy-going and careless

3. Extraversion: outgoing and energetic vs. solitary and reserved

4. Agreeableness: friendly and compassionate vs. analytical and detached

5. Neuroticism: sensitive and nervous vs. secure and confident

--From the Editors at Netscape

 
 
 
 
  
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