Anyone who has owned multiple cats know that each cat has a distinctive personality. Yet scientists haven’t really studied the personalities of cats and just assumed all cats behave alike. That’s starting to change with Carla Litchfield and colleagues publishing an article in PLOS One, called “The ‘Feline Five’: An exploration of personality in pet cats (Felis catus)”.
The study created a personality profile of psychologically healthy cats and to explore ways in which this personality profiling could help cat owners and veterinarians improve the care of cats at home. Researchers eventually found that cats have 52 different personality traits, which makes them no more diverse than most people you’ll meet.