Complete Woman
November 2006

What Kind of Cat Person Are You?
by Cal Orey

Your favorite feline may leave you an open book when it comes to love and life. Find out what people can determine from your kitty preference…
Ever wonder what your cat says about you? Chances are, that fearless friend, chatty companion, clever kitty or playful puss is a purr-fect animal-sign of your real female self. That’s right, your beloved cat is a mirror reflection of your mind, body, romance and more!

The Cat Fancier’s Association recognizes 41 pedigreed breeds, but not all of them may be ideal for the relationship with the guy in your life. Cat-loving sex expert Dr. Ava Cadell and Lou Paget, a certified sex educator, weigh in to find out how the traits behind a cat woman’s feline can make or break a love connection with a man.
Persian: Balinese, Ragdoll, Turkish Angora

Kitty’s Traits and Temperament:Persians, the most popular of pedigreed cats in America, are docile felines noted for their thick and soft coat and affectionate behavior—perfect for apartment living. Tagged “couch potatoes,” these fun-loving pussy-cats are a perfect match for a career-oriented woman who takes pride in herself and her cat’s regal appearance.

Why You Adore This Breed: Easygoing Persians draw a gentle, elegant, intelligent woman looking for intimacy, notes Los Angeles, CA-based Dr. Ava Cadell ( author of Dr. Ava’s Tantra Workbook (Kudos Inc., $19.19) and other sex books. Both cat and woman love presentation and being the center of attention, adds sex guru Lou Paget.

How It Affects Your Love Life:Naturally, a loud, aggressive man would be a turn-off to this gentle, sweet-tempered cat-lover. Both Paget and Dr. Cadell agree that a loving man who is in touch with his feminine side would make this pair purr.

Sex Style: Spooning and cuddling
Siamese: Bombay, Egyptian Mau, Tokinese
Kitty’s Traits and Temperament: Affectionate, intelligent and talkative, the Siamese are sleek cats with striking blue eyes. These handsome animals grab the gal’s eye who enjoys cat chat and can tolerate attention-grabbing, yowling demands.

Why You Adore This Breed: A woman who owns a Siamese likes the breed because they can actually communicate and play together, says Dr. Cadell. “It is the closets cat to being a dog.”

How It Affects Your Love Life: “A physically and emotionally healthy man who is comfortable with communicating his needs, desires and fears,” is a good catch for a Siamese cat lover, according to Dr. Cadell. But caution, insecure men will not be leaping for joy with a cat and woman who speak out.

Sex Style: Woman on top.
Abyssinian: American Wirehair, Chartruex, Cornish Rex
Kitty’s Traits and Temperament: Abyssinians or “Aby’s” are action-oriented, go-cats. No lap cat here, “agile athlete” describes this puss. Also, this loyal feline has a playful side that will melt a woman’s heart.

Why You Adore This Breed: Women who prize loyalty and trust in a relationship will fall in love with this cat. Its uniqueness—large ears, large almond-shaped eyes and long tail—will draw attention to the opposite sex.

How It Affects Your Love Life: Abyssinian lovers, like their cats, will want to be admired for being different. A man who can put this cat woman on a pedestal in and out of the bedroom will be a good fit, says Dr. Cadell. “He must treat her like the Goddess she is.”

Sex Style: Sideways
Burmese: American Curl, Singapura, Somali
Kitty’s Traits and Temperaments: Attention-seeking, curious and frisky, these cats have compact bodies and soft, glossy coats. Not vocal (unless neglected), they don’t like to be left alone and are known as “Velcro cats.”

Why You Adore This Type: The Burmese is a perfect kitty for the woman who works and plays in her home. “A quiet, sophisticated woman who enjoys mental seduction,” says Dr. Cadell, is this cat’s best friend. The Burmese is a big game-player and will amuse its fun-loving mistress.

How It Affects Your Love Life: An intellectual type of man will fit into the lifestyle of a woman with a Burmese. “It’s similar mental energy between the two of them,” says Paget, who penned The Great Lover Play Book (Gotham, $14). A man who isn’t cultured and refined would bore both woman and cat into the doghouse.

Sex Styles: Multiple positions

Maine Coon: Norwegian Forest Cat, Manx, Scottish Fold
Kitty’s Traits and Temperament: A big, muscular, long shaggy-coated cat is what you get with a Maine Coon. These pussycats, which resemble a raccoon, are good-natured and softhearted—a family cat.

Why You Adore This Type: “A very independent woman who prizes special relationships,” says Paget, will love the mighty Maine Coon. Feminine ladies who also like bubble baths will love this curious cat because it will be fascinated by water.

How It Affects Your Love Life: This cat and its woman are for the guy who has the ability to be flexible and will not always be the center of attention. A rigid man will make this duo miserable because this is a cat and woman who know what they want, explains Paget.

Sex Style: Missionary
Mixed-Breed: Domestic Longhair, Domestic Shorthair, Purebred-Crosses
Kitty’s Traits and Temperament: The mixed-breed a.k.a “the random-bred cat” is the most popular cat of all. Mixed-breeds may resemble their purebred cousins due to the unknown origin of their roots, their nature can be a pleasant surprise and a mix of multiple personalities.

Why You Adore This Type: A mixed-breed cat is a feel-good animal because you can rescue it at your local animal shelter. “Picking a mixed-breed is easier than having to make a perfect choice,” says Dr. Cadell.

How It Affects Your Love Life: An easygoing guy who is flexible, good-natured and playful will embrace both mixed-breed cat and its owner, says Dr. Cadell. She adds, “A control freak or a guy who is too set in his ways is not a great catch.”

Sex Style: Standing Up.