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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-16-2008, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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News Article: "A personality test for your cat"

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Originally Posted by [url=http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ap/20080515/twl-cat-personality-1be00ca.html
The Associated Press[/url]]It happens to all of us. You fall in love with someone's looks... but then he's not quite what you expected. Even, sometimes, if he's a cat.

"People come in and say, I had a black and white tuxedo cat before, so that's what I want," says Jim Monsma of the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C. "But cats are not all the same. They have widely divergent personalities."

That's why the shelter is now using the Feline-ality program, developed by behaviorist Dr. Emily Weiss of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Part of the ASPCA's Meet Your Match program, which also includes Canine-ality for dogs, the program assesses a variety of behaviors in individual cats. It rates the animals on confidence and sociability, which Weiss' research has shown are independent of each other.
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Very interesting. I wonder how you get access to the personality tests- I'd love to forward them to our shelter.


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Here's a link to the ASPCA personalities list - is this the same one?

http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pa ... inealities

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Fran, that sounds like it..thanks!!


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Yes...there's a shelter up here that uses the "Meet your match" for dogs, and they've said that they're going to start using it for cats, as well. I don't think it's particularly exact, and in some cases may not be as accurate as the detailed impressions of an experienced shelter "cat person" who's been able to observe the cat over a longer period of time...but anything that can possibly help match pets and owners is okay in my book.

Though I don't see Assumpta in there at all...she's more of an "Executive Sidekick" with a side order of "Street-fightin' Momcat" and a dash of Superglue.
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