A note about The Cuddlywumps Chronicles

This blog is written and maintained by Miss Cuddlywumps, a fluffy-tailed calico cat who is both classically educated and familiar with mysteries. She receives creative input from the Real Cats and clerical assistance from She of Little Talent (old SoLT, a.k.a. Roby Sweet). Comments or complaints should be addressed to Miss C rather than to old SoLt (Ms. Sweet). Ms. Sweet accepts no responsibility for Miss C's opinions.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Survey: What Emotions Does Your Cat Experience?

Frightened cat, via Adobe Stock
How often does your cat show emotions such as fear?

We recently came across a study about how Japanese pet owners attribute emotions to their pets. In that study, 546 people who have either a dog or a cat responded to a survey that asked questions about how closely bonded they were to their pets and the types of emotions they thought their pets experienced. At first we were going to write a post about the results of the Japanese study, but then we thought it would be more fun to do our own little study. So, we created an extremely unscientific 10-question survey to let readers tell us about their own cats’ emotions.

If you wish to participate, simply scroll down, and for each emotion listed, select the response that best describes how often your cat experiences or expresses that emotion. If you have more than one cat, please consider your cats as a group (for example, if you have four cats and one of them frequently expresses anger, you would choose “often” for question 1). Remember this is just for fun!

We’ll collect the responses (up to 100, because that's how many we can have with a free survey) and share results in a future post.

We respect your privacy, so no personal information is being collected.

Thank you for participating!

Orange cat Jumping, via Adobe Stock
Cat emotions are open to interpretation.
Is this cat jumping for joy, or just trying to catch something?

And here's the survey:

Create your own user feedback survey

This survey is based on the one used by Su, Koda, and Martens (2018).

Read the original Japanese study: B. Su, N. Koda, and P. Martens. 2018. “How Japanese Companion Dog and Cat Owners’ Degree of of Attachment Relates to the Attribution of Emotions to Their Animals.” PLoS One 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0190781


  1. Done, I look forward to the results.

  2. guyz....thiz iz kinda hard ....we could be angree bout knot gettin dinner on time:)
    or eye rate coz a vizshuz squirelz on de prop ur tee !! ♥♥ we will give it a go tho ~~ ☺☺

  3. Cats are very emotional. And they absorb emotions from their humans too.

  4. That was fun, I am eager to see the results.

  5. Jake is kind of stoic, but he can be very jealous.

  6. We did it :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  7. Done! It, like, took forever cos I'm an emotional complexity of a cat.

  8. Thank you for visiting our blog and your thoughtful comments. We took your survey. But have two cats. Tried to meld them together! One thing that's consistent is sibling jealousy!

  9. Looking forward to the results!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets