Shelters Using Cat Personality Assessment To Find Perfect Adopter


Is your cat a party animal? How about a love bug? Or perhaps a sidekick?

Some shelters around the nation are using a personality assessment to determine which cat will be the perfect match for someone looking to adopt one.

This APSCA Meet Your Match Feline-ality Adoption Program is used by shelter employees as a research-based assessment of a cat’s behavior and level of interest in play, exploration, “talking,” and being the center of attention. This allows them to see which adopter’s lifestyle and personality will fit the cat best. By assessing how cats act in a shelter surrounding, one can predict how they might act once they are in a home environment. Humans are also tested.

There are 9 different feline-alities: private investigator, secret admirer, love bug, the executive, sidekick, personal assistant, MVP, party animal and leader of the band. Adopters and cats can be paired depending on their assessment results.

Shelters using this program have reported reduced return rates and increased adoptions.

Check out what your and your cat’s feline-ality is! (PDF File)

Source: Meow Cat Rescue

3 Responses to “Shelters Using Cat Personality Assessment To Find Perfect Adopter”

  1. k says:

    Clever idea, and good to see that it seems to work for making good matches!

  2. CL says:

    I don’t know — about half of these descriptions describe my cat at one time or another. She likes alone time, she has hyper spells, she types on my computer, but she also shows affection throughout the day.

    I think most people will want the affectionate cat, which sounds ideal. People hope their cat will adore them. Some of the other descriptions sound like the shelters are trying to convince people that more independent / aloof cats will still love them — like the secret admirer: “you may not see a lot of me, but I’ll be thinking of you.”

    Shelters have a problem adopting out cats who are not affectionate right away — people want the cat who snuggles immediately. So they are trying to make the less affectionate cats sound good. What people really need, I think, is accurate information on how the cat has been socialized. Then, they need guidance on how to approach a frightened / aloof cat so that the cat will feel comfortable enough to show affection in the future.

  3. The Catnip Baron says:

    I’m not sure any of our cats fit into just one description, but I like the idea.

    Ultimately, if it helps to get more cats rehomed it’’s got to be a good thing.

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