Cats Have Feelings Too!

There have been articles written about how the personalities of dogs differ from breed to breed, but if you are a cat lover, you may or may not know that cat breeds can have distinct varying personality traits as well.

If you already have a cat as one of your family members, knowing the typical characteristics of your pet may help you to know how to care for him or her.  You will even find a link to a quiz at the end of this blog with some questions for you to answer to determine what personality your cat has.

On the other hand, if you are thinking about bringing into your home a feline family member and don’t know which one would be best, knowing some of the qualities in each breed might make your decision easier.

Let’s Cat-egorize – Shall We?

In her blog, wayofcats.com, Pamela Merrit, categorizes cat tendencies into three types: Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.  Please notice that Ms. Merrit notes this has nothing to do with the Alpha dog’s hierarchy in the class world.  This has more to do with how each cat responds to his/her environment.  You will want to read Ms. Merrit’s entire article for all of the great details, but here is a summary of each type.

The Alpha cats can be demanding, but kept active and amused, they can be very playful and friendly.  They are very confident animals about changing their environment.  A couple of examples of the Alpha cat are the Siamese and Abyssinian.

The Beta cats are great companions, very social, and love to please.  They also like to be talked to.  They need to never feel lonely, and will cooperate when they know what their owner wants. Some examples of a Beta are the Tonkinese, Maine Coon, and Manx.

The third category, Gamma cats, are generally shy and mellow.  They aren’t fond of change.  They like to know what to expect.  They hate to be a bother!  Examples of the Gamma cat breed types are the Persian, Ragdoll, and the British Shorthair.

Let Westlake Pet Love Be Your Pet Sitter When You Are Away

Want to know what type of cat you own?  Try taking the quiz found at CatChannel.com from Cat Fancy Magazine written by Brad Kollus.  You could potentially have a “Fun Fluffy, Nervous Nelly, Steady Sam, Hyper Hank, or Cuddly Cutie”!

And for you potential cat owners, there’s a quiz for you as wellSelectSmart.com has some questions you can answer to help narrow your search.

Where Do I Look?  In A Cat-alog?

So, you know that you want to add a furry family member to your home.  But, there are so many breeds of cats!  Where do you begin?  Well, at PetFinder.com you can find a list of all of the cat breeds with a description of their personalities.  This should help you begin your search for your perfect feline family member.

My Pet:  He’s A Great Cat-ch!

We hope these personality traits have helped you better understand your pet or helped you in your search for the perfect pet.  Whether a cat is already at home with your family, or you are thinking about bringing one in as a new family member, knowing his/her likes and dislikes can really help him/her in becoming a fun companion to everyone in your home!

And, please keep in mind, no matter what type of personality a cat is (“Beta,” “Hyper Hank,” etc.) he or she needs love and attention (even if they don’t always show it).  We at Westlake Pet Love enjoy nothing more than getting to know your cat and making sure that he or she gets all the love and care they need when you are away (whether just down the street or miles away).  Please call (512) 413-6592 or click the above link so that we can schedule cat sitting services today.

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