Do You Have a Sassy Cat? Share Your Cat’s Unique Personality.

Annie with a scratched nose

Annie and Eddie

Your Cat’s Unique Personality

You know each of your cats have a unique personality.  No cat is just like another, just as every person is different.  Annie is super sassy, ornery and loves hugs, being held and  giving endless nose-taps and head bunts.  Eddie loves playing with toys.  He will play all day.  He limits his nose taps and head bunts and will tolerate being held for a couple of minutes.  But he loves being nearby and will curl up and sleep beside us.  Mercy likes to hang out nearby and will come by a few times a day for some love.  He likes to shadow Paul but limits his nose taps or me to about once a year.

Cat Personality Study

Do you have a sassy cat? Or maybe your cat is better described as a diva or loner? You are invited to be in a research study that examines cat behavior and characteristics as reported by cat owners and caretakers. The only component of this study is this online survey. In the survey, you will be asked to report about many specific cat behaviors (for example, does your cat chase shadows or light spots?), some general characteristics of your cat (for example, how old is your cat?), and some information about yourself that will help interpret the information provided about your cat. You may skip any survey item that you do not want to answer.

Cat Personality Survey

Mercy handsome on CPT


This survey is being conducted in collaboration with AFB International and the findings are intended to be shared in science communications with the public to enhance scientific understanding of cats. The responsible project investigator for this study is Dr. Mary Still, Department of Psychology, Old Dominion University.

Please consider sharing your cat’s unique personality by completing this survey!  

You can begin the survey here:

Background Information

Previous research has shown that nonhuman animals, like dogs, have distinct personality traits and that those traits can be reliably detected by asking questions about the animal’s typical behaviors. There is evidence that the same may be true in cats. The goal is to advance the scientific understanding of cat behavior. By learning more about this behavior we can better understand our interactions with them and potentially apply this knowledge to improve care taking of cats. This particular study looks at several behaviors, but focuses on feeding behavior.








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