Are You and Your Cat Compatible? Know Before You Adopt

It’s June, which means that it’s the perfect time to adopt a kitty since it’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.

But first, before you dash to your nearest animal shelter and adopt a kitty, you might want to consider what kind of personality you’re looking for in your future cat..

While a beautiful cat is very tempting, there’s more to cats than their looks. Frankly, I totally lucked out with my kitty, Missy, with her green eyes and eternally sun-kissed looking coat, but having watched too much “My Cat from Hell” and “The Dog Whisperer,” I know that animal’s personality don’t always match its appearance. Furthermore, you might want to consider adopting a senior cat, a black cat or a special needs cat, because they all desperately need homes.

Cats are notorious for having very unique personalities, so let’s see what kitty will be the most compatible for you.

The 9 Feline-alities

The ASPCA developed nine nifty personality types, and they call them the “feline-alities.” Personality isn’t everything to consider (here is a resource with a great pre-adoption checklist), but it’s often overlooked. Hopefully, you will spend many years with your feline, so it’ll help to like the cat. While I’m sure that there are more, here are nine types to consider:

1) The P.I. Cat: The “private investigator” cat probably sleeps with one eye open. It surveys the territory for constant danger. It doesn’t like to get in trouble, and it likes to keep you out of trouble, too. Don’t be surprised if you sometimes forget that you have a cat since the P.I. Cat is great at staying hidden and vanishing.

If you’re not looking for a super needy or clingy kitty, then the P.I. Cat is a good choice.

2) The Ill-Love-You-Later Cat: You can think of this cat as your personal feline “secret admirer.” I’m totally putting Missy in this category because it took a decade, or so, for her to really warm up to me. The I’ll-Love-You-Later Cat will love you, probably from a distance, until it chooses to be all over you; you will eventually get the whole purring, head-butting and lounging on your lap shebang.

If you’re looking for a bond that will blossom gradually (but, it will be totally worth it!), then you might need a I’ll-Love-You-Later Cat.

3) The Cuddle Me Cat: This kitty is a pure “love bug.” They love to purr and they love to be petted and adored. This is the ultimate lap cat.

If you’re a sucker for instant gratification affection, then you and a Cuddle Me Cat will make great cuddle buddies.

4) The CEO Cat: This cat is a very busy “executive” that can’t be bothered. If cats could write, then this would be the kitty with the checklist that relishes in ticking things off. The CEO Cat will make time for you, but it’ll probably have to fit you in.

If you thrive on routine, then the CEO Cat will maintain order in your life.

5) The SideKitty Cat: This is ultimate cat “sidekick.” The SideKitty Cat likes to be around you, but it also enjoys its “me time.” It’ll be there for you and a great constant companion.

If you want a kitty to share your adventures with, then the SideKitty Cat is a great partner in crime.

6) The Helper Cat: This cat loves being in your business, and it lives to “help” you. The Helper Cat can be probably be found in the most opportune places, e.g. the keyboard or computer. It enjoys being around you.

If Siri isn’t cutting it as a “personal assistant,” then you might need a Helper Cat.

7) The Golden Cat: This cat would probably be the MVP (obviously, “Most Valuable Pussycat”) of your team. The Golden Cat thrives on pulling its own weight. After the end of a challenging day, it enjoys some much needed rest and pampering.

If you want a team player that may, at times, hog the limelight, then consider adding the Golden Cat to complete your dream team.

8) The Wild Thang Cat: This the ultimate “party animal.” While it’s not a feral cat, the Wild Thang Cat laughs in the face of danger. Its wild streak means that it’s always up to play, break the rules and challenge its limits constantly.

If you are looking for a cat that can bring the fun, then you need the Wild Thang Cat to be the life of the party.

9) The Commander Cat: This is a cat that loves to lead (yes, that will include leading you); it probably loves to lead as much as Colonel Meow (R.I.P Colonel) loved to lead his minions. The Commander Cat is super confident, but it will make time for you. Leading can be draining, so some well-deserved R&R will help Commander Cat decompress.

If you want a cat that you can respect and admire, then look no further than the Commander Cat.

Do you see your kitty in any of these personality types? Did you have an “Aha! That’s the kitty for me” moment? Let us know!

Whats So Special About June and Cats?

According to the NOLA blog, spring is the season where cat breeding reaches its peak. From spring on, animal shelters are understandably overwhelmed with newborn kittens. As the Watauga Humane Society, one un-spayed female cat and one un-neutered tomcat, and their offspring, can produce 420,000 new kittens; it just takes seven years for 420,000 kittens to be born.

We can’t save them all, but we can do our best. It’s worth getting the right personality and energy for you. You don’t want to end up on “My Cat from Hell,” do you?

Probably worse than ending up on a cat reality show, according to the ASPCA, 100,000 cats will be returned to the shelter. Those 100,000 cats deserve a forever home. Let’s make it happen for them in June.

If you need a reminder about how cat-astic cats are, then here’s a quick kitty and guardian reunion after the guardian had to give his cat up to the shelter. Warning: you might need some tissue.

Photo Credit: Keelin


Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper2 years ago


Susan Griffiths
Susan Griffiths3 years ago

Pleased to see such a responsible article on Care2. Too many people when adopting consider only the looks of the cat. This is the last thing we should be thinking of. This article brings to the attention of the reader that compatible personality is what should be foremost. How sad when cats are bought back to a shelter. But when considering compatible personality we need to be honest with ourselves. For example it is not a good idea to get a cat who craves lots of interaction and attention when we are a person who is not home a lot.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

We have 5 cats. In June (which is in Kitten season), a guy my husband works with found 5 kittens - no Mama! The guy took 2 of them, my husband brought home 1 of them and another guy took the other 2.
She was 4 weeks old. I bottle fed it every 2 hours and basically fell in love with her. Now, she is 14 weeks old and is hell on wheels! She attacks one of our male cats and he cleans her and plays with her. But, when he is trying to sleep, she still bugs him. Now, she is attacking my feet and my husbands. We bought a spray bottle and hope to break this bad habit now
No, we didn't pick her personality, but nevertheless, she is our little monster!

Cheryl F.
Cheryl F3 years ago

Honestly, I think I'm just one husband away from being a crazy cat lady :-)

Cheryl F.
Cheryl F3 years ago

So sweet! Gotta love those kitties. Now I want to go home and pet my fur boy! I wish he'd let me hold him- he'll curl up on my lap for hours, but he won't let me hug him but a second or two, and I miss kitty snuggles so much. I know he loves me, but, man I could use some kitty lovin' like that!!

Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ

Love cats,thanks for sharing

Tim L.
Tim L3 years ago

I have been adopted by many cats, over the years. I've rescued some from terrible conditions. Some have simply showed up at my place and stayed, and others have been brought to me because they were unwanted. I don't care about their personalities,because they are living beings who need someone to care for them. I give them their space and respect, and over time they come to trust me. People who want designer pets should go buy themselves a toy, not an animal.

Susan T.
Susan T3 years ago

I love the video at the end. What is that song? Yeah I cried...kitty reminded me of my Pfeffer who went over the rainbow bridge 6 years ago....

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 years ago

There is no way I can live without cats.....