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    Default Feline Temperament Type Sorter: For Cat Owners

    For Cat Owners, Past and Present. This is a Feline Temperament Type Sorter you can take to determine the 'type' of your cat:

    http://www.catdocmaine.com/purrsonality/intro2.html
    Ti=Ni>Ne>Te>Si>Fi>Fe=Se

    Neutral>Neutral Good>Neutral Evil

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    BSDV (Bold Social Defiant Vocal)
    This is a cat who demands attention. He confidently rules his world, announcing his presence and seeking interaction with anyone he meets. If 'allowed' outdoors (actually he probably is a cat who insists on going out) this cat is probably well known in his neighborhood. He is often a cat who has a regular routine of stopping in for a visit and a snack at homes or businesses in the area. The BSDV tends to be a 'chatty' cat. He will provide escort to passersby as they stroll through his territory, frequently giving running commentary as they walk along. Well meaning individuals may mistakenly assume that he is asking for assistance when all he really wants is to pass the time of day.

    As a kitten the BSDV is a handfull, loud, active, and very entertaining (as long as he gets his way). From the start, this is a cat who likes to be in charge. Being a social kitten he is probably inclined to initiate play among his littermates. He may appear to be a bit of a bully. He needs to remain with his mom and siblings long enough to learn how to play like a gentleman. If you take him home with you before he has learned feline social graces, he may never learn to keep his claws sheathed and his bites soft. The behavior of the BSDV cat in a multi-cat group is probably largely determined by his early experience with other cats.

    If you share your home with a BSDV cat you will probably find him charming, but perhaps a bit overwhelming. A bright BSDV cat learns early on that people are trainable. He will use both positive and negative reinforcement techniques. If you are too easily intimidated the BSDV cat can rule as a tyrant. Because he is social and enjoys attention, you can negotiate with a BSDV cat, however, engaging in a direct battle of wills is unlikely to be productive. The BSDV cat may be a difficult patient in a veterinary exam room. He may back down with just a token grumble when approached in a confident non-reactive manner, however if he has ever had an opportunity to find out just how intimidating his vocal defiance actually is, he can be a formidable adversary.

    Being bold and social the BSDV may be described as 'dog-like', although a person who wants an obedient pet will not find him to be dog like in that regard. He may also be a cat that people like to describe as the 'alpha-cat' (even though such a social hierarchy is not actually applicable to cats). This is a cat who will be a favorite for someone who likes a spirited, friendly, talkative cat. This is a cat whose presence is not likely to go unnoticed.
    An accurate description of my cat!

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    That's a pretty good test!

    CSPQ (Cautious Social Compliant Quiet)

    A quiet, easy-going, affectionate companion, the CSPQ cat can often attain beloved status. She can make you feel special. Don't assume that she has been abused, she is just cautious. Unlike her bold counterpart, this cautious cat builds her relationships slowly and is quite particular about whom she showers her affection upon. A skilled observer of body language, she has an uncanny ability for recognizing those individuals in whom she can safely place her trust. She will surprise you by warming up quickly to some people and never becoming comfortable with others. Trust her judgement. When you bring home a date and your CSPQ cat comes out of her safe zone, approaches, and invites attention, this is an individual with whom you may want to consider a long term relationship.

    As a kitten the CSPQ cat may escape your notice. Her attractive qualities require the confidence of familiarity to be revealed. Observing the litter in an environment in which they are comfortable will Shelp you to pick out this gem of a cat. A social cat, she tends to do well in a multi cat group as long as her social tendencies are shared by at least one other member of the group.

    The CSPQ is not an adventurous cat. She likes her home territory. Face rubbing and bunting are common behaviors. She will probably be most content living in a quiet stable home. She can be a snuggly cat, enjoying physical contact with her familiar companions. She has little yearning for the great outdoors. She may be easily overlooked in a busy household. Inexperienced or casual cat owners may never realize what a wonderful cat shares their home. A quiet, sensitive child may discover her capacity for affection and form a deep and lasting bond. Such a relationship deserves your respect. This is not a "disposable" easily replaced pet.

    The CSPQ is not a party animal. Your friends may never get more than a glimpse of her unless they visit often, and one at a time. Even though she is a compliant cat, if startled and she knows there is a safe place to hide she may panic and struggle to escape if you try to hold on to her. The CSPQ cat tends to be well behaved in a veterinary exam room. Though often frightened, she is unsure just what to do. So, as long as she is handled gently, she will not tend to struggle. Being quiet she rarely voices her insecurity.

    Affectionate, undemanding, easy to work with what more could you ask for?

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    Funny... It said it was loosely based on MBTI.. but I can't figure out what they correspond to.

    CSDV (Cautious Social Defiant Vocal)
    Taking a cautious approach to life is probably the wiser and safer approach for a small predator like the cat. Boldness may work well when it comes to managing people and dealing with life in a human household, but caution certainly makes sense for a cat living on its own. Most people expect to have to gain the trust of a new feline acquaintance so a cautious nature does not preclude adoption and formation of a lasting bond, it just slows the process. The CSDV is basically a social cat. She prefers companionship to solitude. Once an environment has become familiar, the social nature of this cautious cat becomes more obvious. However, if one tries to rush the relationship the fearful, vocal, defiant response of the CSDV cat may mask her social inclinations and discourage you from trying to get to know her. She will often revert to these alarming responses whenever she feels unsure of himself. If she lives an unsettled life filled with frequent changes of address or roommates, she may never have an opportunity to establish a close relationship.

    The CSDV may be a very attractive kitten at least until her defiant qualities are revealed. When raised in the presence of gentle people, familiarity and positive expectations allows caution to quickly give way to sociability when introduced to a new human companion. Vocal communication styles are often easily understood by most people. Social vocal cats probably tend to develop a larger more conversational vocabulary than aloof vocal cats. Angry sounding vocalization would not often facilitate their goal of social interaction. In multiple cat groups the CSDV can be a contented member of the group. Her social nature and cautious style make her willing to carefully build relationships. There may be some cat temperament types with whom she does not mix well. She does have a controlling defiant nature. Conflict will probably be obvious because she will respond vocally.

    A veterinary visit with a CSDV cat may be particularly stressful for all concerned. Vocal defiance brings out the worst in people. Veterinary staff members who are partial to dogs hate to see this cat on the schedule. Often even the most cat savvy vets and techs can not calm a defiant, vocal cat whose cautious nature causes her to feel reactive and defensive as soon as she leaves her home territory. Owners who have built a loving relationship with a CSDV cat feel as though they have betrayed a trust. No one feels good when examination and treatment result in a loud melee.

    When you are in a relationship with a cat of this temperament type, she is often the boss. Your good behavior is rewarded with enthusiastic attention and affection and your "bad" behavior is met with fear and flight, or vocal defiance. A cautious cat on her own turf can be every bit as dictatorial as her bold counterpart. The CSDV cat hates change and disruption of her normal routines. You may feel that you have to walk on eggs to keep your CSDV cat calm and happy, but at least you will be loved and appreciated.

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    Patsy’s Personality

    CADV (Cautious Aloof Defiant Vocal)
    Cats of this temperament type may actually discourage interaction with people. This is another temperament type you are likely to find with greater frequency in successful feral cats. Caution, independence and defiant vocalization allow this cat to remain free of human interference. Her aloof nature may even help her to avoid infectious disease because she will tend to be a solitary cat. Unlike her quiet counterpart, this vocal cat communicates her fear and anger clearly to those people who would interfere with her for good or ill. Provision of food shelter, and security are the way to win the heart of a CADV cat, but one also needs a good deal of patience. Familiarity and a sense of control are needed for her to feel comfortable, but she also needs her space. Because she is aloof and vocal, her repertoire of sounds probably tends to be weighted towards the discordant end of the spectrum.

    The CADV kitten will tend to be shy and may greet your advances with angry sounding hissing spitting and yowling. She will probably try to just get away, but may bite or claw a well meaning person who doesn't heed her vocal warning and makes her feel trapped. Familiarity with friendly people from very early kittenhood (prior to weaning) will probably be necessary for her to form a successful human bond as an adult. A calm non-reactive demeanor, food, and patience are the tools needed to win her trust, a trust that is easily broken if you make her feel uneasy. She will probably never be a 'party cat'; your friends may never see her,she is not that interested in social interaction and makes friends very cautiously if at all.

    This is not a cat who likes to live in groups. Like the CADQ cat, her vocal counterpart is probably happiest when she is able to establish a territory and conduct her affairs with minimal social interaction. She wants to know the boundaries of her territory and she wants others to recognize them as well. Urine and feces rather than facial pheromones may be her markers of choice. In a multiple cat household she may apppear to be low man on the totem pole, frequently engaging in vocal conflict even when approached by the most mellow of house members. She is not bold or social. She does not initiate these encounters. She would prefer to avoid them. Inappropriate ellimination may be the ultimate manifestation of this conflict. The CADV cat may not be the one you observe engaging in the behavior even though she may initiate the cycle of urine marking. Cautious aloof cats may be able to live harmoniously in multi-cat homes as long as there is sufficient space and their boundaries are respected by all. Living in a single cat household with a person who has reasonable expectations when it comes to display of affection may work out best.

    This is a temperament type for whom a veterinary visit can be a horror show. She is defiant with little desire for physical contact, and she hates the anxiety and loss of control she feels when removed from her home territory. Whats more she is inclined to express her fear and anger in loud intimidating ways, and will follow up with physical violence when backed into a corner from which she feels there is no excape. It is fruitless and even dangerous to engage in a battle with the CADV cat. A screaming angry cat does not bring out the best behavior in people either, so avoiding a violent confrontation is advisable. It is often best to lightly anesthetize her with a quick acting inhalant like isoflurane or sevoflurane after shifting her from her carrier to an anesthesia chamber with as little fanfare as possible whenever examination and treatment are needed.

    Aloof cats with a defiant nature that causes them to adopt a defensive aggressive response to fear or anger are not the easiest cats to live with. A cautious nature makes this cat more easily spooked than her bold counterpart so her defiance is more often an expression of fear. If you want a lap cat that showers you with love and affection, the CADQ is not the cat for you. It is possible, however that you may have a truely meaningful relationship with your CADV cat. Sometimes the relationships that require the most of us can be the most rewarding in the long run. To be the one special person in the life of a clever, unique cat who does not give her love and trust easily is really something special.


    I see my cat as a very loud autist.
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    Smokey: Bold Social Defiant Vocal
    Zoe: Cautious Aloof Defiant Vocal
    I can hear all sorts of meowing in my house.
    I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle and here is my spout. Every time I steam up, I give a shout. Just tip me over and pour me out.

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    Just as I thought. Mr. Smooch, Esquire is BPSV.

    Bold and Social, the BSPV cat enjoys adventure and companionship. It is easy to make friends when you meet a confident cat with a vocal communication style, who actively seeks attention. When his vocal style includes a large vocabulary of pleasant chirps and mews, the BSPV can be the 'perfect' cat. However, if your idea of the 'perfect' cat is a quiet house quest who is pleasant but undemanding, the BSPV cat may be too needy for your tastes. When his vocal communication style is loud and repetitive, with a limited vocabulary, this attentive cat may drive you nuts.

    As a kitten the BSPV cat is likely to be the one that meows in greeting, runs over to you, climbs into your lap, and steals your heart. If you like a conversational cat, go for it. If you prefer a quiet household try to find his quiet counterpart, the BSPQ kitten. Whenever possible, acquiring two kittens will make it easier to satisfy the social needs of the BSPV or the BSPQ. Bold, social, compliant cats generally live happily in groups. Sociability in cats is not indiscriminate however. Who and what any cat chooses to befriend is dependent on mutual compatibility and previous experience. BSPV/Q cats are just easy to get along with so the chances of forming friendships is greater than with some other temperament types.

    Even though the BSPV is a compliant cat, he may actually be intimidating when you attempt to do things to him (like trim his nails or groom him) because his vocal commentary may sound more angry and reactive than he actually feels. Once a kitty learns that you are easily intimidated, even a compliant cat can dictate your behavior. Siamese cats have a bit of a reputation for being difficult in a veterinary exam room. Actually they are often just vocal cats, and are not necessarily any more likely to bite, scratch or struggle than any other cat. BSPV cats express their opinions out loud. It is perfectly reasonable to expect that a vocal cat will make less than happy sounds when placed in a potentially threatening situation. Over reaction to their vocalization can result in a confrontation rather than a pleasant exam. If your veterinarian or other experienced cat handler recognizes that your BSPV cat is just expressing his opinion, they will find him to be quite manageable.
    He also escorts me and my sister around the house, goes on Safety Patrol whenever either of us is in the shower or falls down, and will rush to our aid when called. He's more like a dog, really. lol
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    Is there one for dogs? I really want one for my doggy.

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    Bane, the fluffy ball of mischief: BSPV (Bold Social Compliant Vocal)

    Bold and Social, the BSPV cat enjoys adventure and companionship. It is easy to make friends when you meet a confident cat with a vocal communication style, who actively seeks attention. When his vocal style includes a large vocabulary of pleasant chirps and mews, the BSPV can be the 'perfect' cat.


    Brandy, the prrrincess: CSPQ (Cautious Social Compliant Quiet)

    A quiet, easy-going, affectionate companion, the CSPQ cat can often attain beloved status. She can make you feel special. Don't assume that she has been abused, she is just cautious. Unlike her bold counterpart, this cautious cat builds her relationships slowly and is quite particular about whom she showers her affection upon. A skilled observer of body language, she has an uncanny ability for recognizing those individuals in whom she can safely place her trust. She will surprise you by warming up quickly to some people and never becoming comfortable with others. Trust her judgement. When you bring home a date and your CSPQ cat comes out of her safe zone, approaches, and invites attention, this is an individual with whom you may want to consider a long term relationship.

    Affectionate, undemanding, easy to work with what more could you ask for?

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    This test made me realize just how antisocial and neurotic my fat slob of a cat was.

    BADQ (Bold Aloof Defiant Quiet)
    This is a cat with whom it may be dificult to form a close bond. A confident independent cat he will not be particularly affectionate. As long as he gets his own way he will probably be easy enough to live with, but if you cross him he is quick to set you straight. Being defiant in nature he prefers to be in control, and in the case of a conflict of interest he is likely to actively resist rather than go along. Because he communicates in the more subtle language of posture, gesture, and expression, a friendly human advance, ignoring what to him are clear warnings, may be greeted with a sharp claw or tooth. He might try to avoid contact, but being a bold cat he is more likely to stand his ground than he is to slip away quietly. The BADQ cat is less likely than his vocal counterpart to voice his displeasure, but more likely to give you a swat.

    The BADQ would not be an obviously unattractive kitten. Being bold, he would not run when approached, being quiet, he would not discourage attention in an obvious manner. Normal kitten curiosity and playful energy would make this his most approachable time of life. You might detect a bit of defiance when you pick him up and he struggles to get away. Or if you watch him interact with his littermates, you may notice that he tends to wander away from the group or invents his own solitary games. However, when he becomes an adult, a first time cat owner who has the misfortune of acquiring a kitten of this temperament type, may decide that cats are everything their detractors claim of them, independent, unpredictable, and interested only in what service a person can provide for them.

    The BADQ may be a brooding presence when confined as an indoor cat. His bold nature will make him want to explore and conquer new territory. The limits of the indoor environment may be frustrating for him, and your friendly advances may be annoying. His need for attention and companionship being minimal, he would rather be off on an adventure than home with you. Sharing a confined space with other cats dogs and kids may be more than he can stand. Inappropriate elimination, aggression towards cats or people , or other outward manifestations of inner turmoil may result.

    Still, like his vocal counterpart, these BAD cats can become admirable respected companions. The establishment of a good relationship requires mutual respect, time, and good communication skills. Appreciation of subtle feline sign language is especially important with the BADQ. He is not a cat you want to push beyond his limited tolerance for contact. The BADQ is not a lap cat, but he can be an attractive, intelligent, low maintanence member of the household. He just "needs his space"

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