Cat personality types have been categorized into three different colors: green cats, orange cats, and purple cats. They were created so that cats in animal shelters had a better chance of staying with the person who adopted them. Knowing your cat’s personality type can help you find enrichment ideas that they will enjoy such as walking on a leash, rolling around in a stroller, or lounging about in a catio.
Green cats are adventurous, and interested in what’s going on around them. They like to greet new people, and aren’t easily scared. They will try to bolt out an open door or window whenever they have the chance. They are also very interested in sitting by the window, watching birds, and will stay there watching for hours.
An orange cat is interested in what’s going on, but they’ll observe from a distance before they decide to venture out. They can be wary of new situations and will take a long time to get used to them. They like to sit by the window however, they are only vaguely interested, and only observe the window every once in awhile. They are quite content in their house and aren’t as eager to get outside like “green cats”.
Purple cats are skittish, and shy. They are the definition of a “scardy cat” and will run away to hide when someone new enters their home. They may occasionally look out the window, but aren’t yearning to get outside. They most likely won’t try to get outside through an open door or window.
Your cat probably doesn’t fit perfectly into one of these descriptions, but he probably fits into one more than the other two. Whichever one that may be is the personality type your cat has!
“Green cats” are the ones you’ll want to leash train. They love adventuring and will probably be up for the challenge. “Orange cats” are sometimes adventure cats, but it’s less likely, and they will probably take longer to be fully trained. “Purple cats” are almost never adventure cats. There are some exceptions, but “purple cats” will probably only want to explore your backyard and not much else, if anything at all. Not all cats are cut out to adventure outside on a leash even if they are “green cats” they might not want anything to do with being outside. Check out adventurecats.org to learn more about leash training and cat personality types.
Some cats who aren’t interested in a leash and harness, may be interested in a cat stroller. Cat strollers are great enrichment for shelter cats and all cats for that matter. My cat is a purple cat and I got him a cat stroller. He doesn’t like using it outside but he loves it when I stroll around with him inside of the house, or in our garage.
Catios are patios for your cat… hence the name “catio”. I haven’t tried one out yet. But, I still think they are really really cool! Most cats enjoy catios, however there’ll always be one cat who isn’t very interested, or even scared of their catio.
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