How do I find information about cat personality research?
May 30, 2010 11:56 AM Subscribe
Librarians? Anyone? I'm looking for information on describing and/or predicting cat personality characteristics. I've been trying to find a library (or otherwise borrowable) copy of the ASPCA's "Meet Your Match Feline-ality guide"
somewhere, or science/research/articles about it. No hits in WorldCat. Is it hopeless?
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I'm in Chapel Hill. I started with the local university libraries (there are three major ones, including a veterinary school), then moved to WorldCat. I found a few of the Canine-ality guides, but no copies of the feline version.
I'm pretty sure the rescue org I'm working with would rather spend the $40 that the guide costs for antibiotics etc. than for this book in which I'm vaguely interested. Descriptions of their nine personality types are on the ASPCA web site, but I'd like a little more detail.
Alternatively, I'm trying to find codified ways to describe/reference personality characteristics of cats and kittens for use in a possible web / searchable database of adoptable foster cats.
Also, the ASPCA program is aimed at cats in shelters, so I'm not sure that their carefully-designed personality tests would work for cats in foster care (which is the situation for the organization I work with).
I tried doing searches for cat and feline "personality", and I found one reference to a single twenty-year-old or so research article about it a while ago, but ran into a brick wall after that, and couldn't even find the full text of that article (I even tried tracking down the vet who wrote it). Any help would be welcome.
I know I could just show up at the veterinary school's library, but I don't hold out much hope for that solution (they seem surgery-focused), and it's a bit of a drive.