What’s your cat’s personality IQ?

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Take this quiz to find out!

1.   When the doorbell rings, what does your cat do?
a.   Runs and hides under the bed.
b.   Peeks cautiously around the corner.
c.   Dashes to the door, tail straight up in the air.
d.   Continues sleeping and ignores the activity.

2.   How does she react when you bring out the cat carrier?
a.   Runs and hides in one of those places only cats know (and people don’t).
b.   Looks at you with big eyes and won’t come near, but will accept treat bribes with pleasure.
c.   Immediately runs to investigate, and jumps in.
d.   Opens an eye to take a look and then goes back to sleep.

 3.   What happens when you pull out an interactive toy your cat has never seen before and move it through the air?
a.   She watches from afar, and will only approach when you gently drag the toy on the ground
b.   Makes little chattering noises as if she has seen a bird. Keeps her distance at first but is so curious that hesitation overcomes fear.
c.   Comes running and leaping like an acrobat at the first whoosh of the toy
d.   Opens her eyes, waves a paw in the air for a bit, then loses interest and goes back to sleep, tail gently swishing.

 4.   A friend with a toddler comes to visit. How does your cat react?
a.   Makes herself invisible. Your friend says, “I thought you had a cat?”
b.   Stands at the end of the hall, watching (glaring) from the top of her cat tree, and won’t budge even with coaxing.
c.   Comes running and stops when she sees the “little person”. If the child doesn’t chase her, she comes forward purring and accepts strokes and praise.
d.   Moves from the couch and heads to the bedroom, with great dignity and a slight air of annoyance.

 5.   You are going away for the weekend, and the pet sitter comes. What does your cat do?
a.   The pet sitter catches a fleeting glimpse of your cat running from the room, and that’s it.
b.   Your cat comes out to watch the pet sitter, especially when she hears the can opener. Next morning, she is meowing for breakfast but sits on the far side of the room.
c.   Climbs on the pet sitter’s lap and purrs contentedly.
d.   Follows the sun from her usual favorite perches, opens an eye when the sitter arrives, purrs and goes back to sleep.

 6.   How does your cat react when you bring out the nail clippers?
a.   Runs in the opposite direction. If you manage to get hold of her, she freezes and lets you clip her nails without an issue.
b.   Lets you clip a couple of nails at a time, but only if you give her a treat before (and after).
c.   Fusses and squirms, but will let you clip if you can hold her upside down – and if you’re quick about it.
d.   Prefers that you don’t move her from her post, but permits the intrusion if you also scratch behind her ears.

 7.   What does she do when you want to groom her?
a.   Runs away when she sees the brush, but gives in once you catch her. She may even offer a reluctant purr on occasion.
b.   Fights and tries to bite the brush or comb, grabs your arm and play kicks, and acts as if she is ticklish.
c.   Wants to play with the brush, but soon settles down purring and rolls over so you can rub her tummy.
d.   Stays put and enjoys the massage.

 8.   You bring home a new kitten home from the shelter. After keeping him isolated for a week, you begin face-to-face introductions. How does your cat react?
a.   Hisses at the kitten, is terrified and runs away offended when he arches his back and swells to three times his puny size.
b.   Hisses, fluffs her tail, but ends the aggression there and slinks off grumbling.
c.   Runs curiously to the kitten, sniffs and gives a slight hiss, but stands her ground. By the end of the day she is curling up with the baby.
d.   Opens her eyes and gives a symbolic hiss when the kitten gets too close. Allows the baby sleep with her by the end of the day.

 9.   You host a dinner party and are serving roast chicken, your cat’s favorite. What does she do?
a.   Becomes Ms. Invisible by running and hiding in one of her safest spots.
b.   Runs and hides, then watches from down the hall. If no one moves or makes a loud noise, she creeps to the kitchen, jumps on the counter in a flash and is off with a morsel of chicken.
c.   Twines around everyone’s ankles, purring and meowing. When dinner is served, she begs or jumps on laps -- and ends up shut in the master bedroom with a plate of chicken tidbits.
d.   Remains in her favorite cozy place, watching the party, but is happy to sit up and eat a few bits of proffered chicken (no bones please)!

 What’s her score?

 Mostly A’s: Your cat is shy and sensitive. Keep her environment calm and stress-free. Desensitize her to the cat carrier by leaving it in a cozy place and furnished with a plush bed or cushion. Spray the interior with Feliway, a pheromone spray that mimics the “friendly scent” that cats leave when they rub the scent glands in their cheeks on a surface. When guests are arriving, set up an area in your bedroom for your cat, with a litter box, food and water. That way she won’t have to venture out into “enemy territory” for these necessities. Clicker training will help increase her self -confidence and deepen her bond with you.

 Mostly B’s: Your cat is cautious and sensitive. She doesn’t appreciate changes to the household or her routine, but she can be “motivated” with healthy treats. Speak to her in a calm, soft voice and offer the treats to soothe her nerves. A dab of Rescue Remedy applied to her inner ear tips is also good.

 Mostly C’s: Your cat is very social, outgoing, and self-confident. Be sure to include her in the conversation when visitors are present. If she seems to demand too much attention, offer her a fresh new catnip mouse or toy to divert her interest. Clicker training will keep her lively intellect energized.

 Mostly D’s: Your cat is laid-back and easy going. Provide her with soft cushions or cozy beds and put them where she chooses to lie (she will tell you). Watch that she does not become obese. Encourage her to get some daily exercise. To make her purr with pleasure, groom her and use TTouch massage techniques.

 Marva Marrow

7th Heaven Orientals

Marva Marrow is an IAABC Certified Cat Behavior consultant. Her website is www.kittykouch.com. Or email her: Marva@kittykouch.com