Next Contents Last Top Behavioural Traits
These are optional fields that describe behavioural, as opposed to physical, traits.
Consider omitting the corresponding code if your cat is "normal"
[whatever that means for a cat!] or near-normal for the sake of brevity.

Next Contents Last Top Indoors/Outdoors
I+++You mean there's a world outside of the house?!
I++I live indoors most of the time, but will sneak out sometimes.
I+I prefer to live indoors, but go outside when I feel like it.
II drift between indoors and outdoors at will.
I-I come indoors to sleep and eat, but not much else.
I--I'm allowed inside once in a while, but I eat and sleep outdoors.
I---Why would anyone want to live inside those big ugly boxes?

Next Contents Last Top Temperament
T+++I am a furry ball of affection and love everybody.
T++ I like meeting new people and am affectionate with most.
T+I'm shy about meeting new people, but am affectionate with those that I know well.
T I have a few special humans I really like, the rest I tolerate.
T-People are OK for feeding and playing, but not much else.
T--I'm annoyed by human contact and will avoid it if possible.
Note: Many cats appear to be split-personalities, eg: T++/---

Next Contents Last Top Activity level
A+++All the photos of me are blurred.
A++I am always getting into, under or on top of things and am hardly ever still.
A+If you don't play with me, I'll find a way to play by myself.
AIt's easy to get me to play, but I like to sleep, too.
A- I work very hard at sleeping, but like to chase the occasional toy.
A--I may show signs of life in the presence of an excellent toy.
A---They thought I was dead, until they started the can opener.

Next Contents Last Top Eating
E+++Nothing even remotely edible is safe when I'm around.
E++I'm always hungry. What are you having?
E+I would rather eat than play with a toy
EI enjoy good food, but sometimes the stuff I get is fit only for my litter box.
E-I'll wait until the others have eaten.
E--I would rather play with a toy than eat.
E---I eat just enough to get by.

Next Contents Last Top Hunting
HFood comes in a box, right?
H+ I chase anything that moves, but am not quite sure what to do with it if I catch it.
H++I kill an occasional small rodent, bird or lizard, but would never eat one.
[Well, *hardly* ever.]
H+++ I regularly kill and eat small prey but expect to be fed, too.
H++++If I didn't kill it then I don't want to eat it.

Next Contents Last Top Smurgling
SI wouldn't be caught dead doing it!
S+I sneak an occasional smurgle.
S++When I'm in the mood, I can smurgle with the best of them.
S+++Everybody leaves my house moistened with kitty-drool.
Note: "smurgling" is defined as kneading some part of a person's body or clothing while simultaneously nuzzling, licking or sucking.

Next Contents Last Top Vocalisation
V+++Everyone in the neighbourhood deserves the benefit of hearing my magnificent voice.
V++I have long, meaningful conversations with people.
V+I have a small but useful vocabulary of important words, like: "Food!", "Play!", and: "Clean the box!"
VI'll let you know when it's dinner time, don't expect to hear from me until then.
V-I know how to say "Feed me!", but must be very hungry to do so.
V--Well, talking is a learned experience, I'm trying...
V---If you are killing me, I might squeak a little.

Next Contents Last Top Fetching
F-Why did you throw that thing?
FI'll chase it if you throw it, but forget about bringing it back.
F+ I can be coaxed into fetching a favourite object when I'm in the mood.
F++I like to fetch and will often ask my human to throw things for me.
F+++I will fetch anything, anywhere, anytime. [Are you sure you don't have a dog?]

Next Contents Last Top Intelligence ["IQ"]
Q---Every time I blink, I discover a whole new world.
Q--The principles of gravity still escape me.
Q-I'm a little slow, but I'm trying!
QI'm an average cat: cunning, but no real reasoning.
Q+I'm pretty quick-witted for a cat.
Q++I display near-human reasoning sometimes, such as double-takes and abstract reasoning.
Q+++I'm working on my PhD thesis.

Next Contents Last Top Lap affinity
P-I'd rather lie on a hard rock than in a person's lap.
PI'll use your lap if you're in the right room and I'm in the mood.
P+I prefer laps to any other type of resting place, but they have to belong to people I like.
P++I am a total lap fungus. [Hurry up and sit down so I can demonstrate!]

Next Contents Last Top Belly sensitivity
B--Touching my belly is just cause for my taking your arm off at the elbow.
B-I like to lay on my back and show my belly, but you'd better not touch it.
BWell, OK, you can rub my belly...but not too much!
B+Please rub my belly. Oh, yes! Do it some more!!
B++I like to have my belly "drummed".

Next Contents Last Top Purr activity
PA--Me purr? Never!
PA-I'll think about it if you pat or feed me enough.
PAI like to show my appreciation when patted or fed.
PA+Pat me and I'll rumble.
PA++I'll purr as soon as you enter the room/yard.

Next Contents Last Top Purr loudness
PL---There's something wrong with my voice.
PL--You'll have to put your ear against my tummy to hear me.
PL-I'm a little on the quiet side.
PLI'm an average purrer.
PL+I'm a little louder than the average cat.
PL++I'm a real power purrer!
PL+++I've been known to set off car alarms.

Next Contents Last Top Sociability [cat]
SC---I hunt other cats for a hobby. Bring one in the house and it's dinner.
SC--If it's a kitten, I might not attack it - much.
SC-I protect my territory but will tolerate anothercat.
SCI prefer humans, but why make trouble?
SC+Oh look, a friend to play with! Just don't bother me while I eat.
SC++I'll wash your head if you wash mine.
SC+++Share my foodbowl, my catnip, my bed....
SC++++No-one hurts my buddy

Next Contents Last Top My three cats
So those are the Catcodes: now what do you think my cats are like?
QuangoSI LpB 14 YL+ W+ C+
Nanki PooSI O+WB 11 YL+ W++ C+
MinkeSI W+CpB 2 YL W+ C++
QuangoI+ T+ A-E+ H+ V++F++ Q+ P++ B+PA+ PL++ SC+
Nanki PooI T+ A-E H++ V-F Q P+ B+PA+ PL SC
MinkeI T A-E H++ V++F- Q- P BPA+ PL+ SC-
Now do go and have a look at pictures of Quango and Nanki Poo and Minke!

Contents Last TopFeedback
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