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Does a Cat's Coat Affect its Personality?

 by jaime on 13 Jul 2014 |
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We all like to think that our cat's are true individuals, with a personality all of their own. While this is mostly true, could it be possible that your cat's personality is affected by the colour of their coat? From one point of view it is quite logical since the genetics that control biochemical substances like dopamine (an influencer of behaviour) also moulds the colour and pattern of your feline's fur, therefore creating certain behaviours amongst various breeds of cats. On the other hand, we humans are very fond of stereotypes and quite often cling on to evidence that helps perpetuate those stereotypes further!

There have been numerous studies performed on this very subject, and mostly bring back inconclusive evidence. So why do we still debate it? The truth is, would-be cat adopters are often initially drawn to the colour of a cat's coat, not only because of how aesthetically pleasing it may be but because they feel it might give them a clue as to what sort of cat they might be taking home. This is maybe why some types are snapped up from shelters quickly (ginger) while others (black and brown) are sadly less likely to be adopted and end up being euthanised.

If you or someone you know is thinking of adopting a cat, encourage them to spend time with all the cats that are available and choose the cat that has the most agreeable temperament and wonderful personality, not the prettiest coat.

Now the real test! Does your cat match these (sometimes conflicting) personality traits?

Black
 
  • Loyal
  • Suspicious
  • Good-natured
  • Stubborn
  • Friendly
  • Sociable
  • Aloof

White
 

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  • Calm
  • Peaceful
  • Friendly
  • Timid
  • Aloof
  • Shy
  • Lazy

Black & White
 
  • Placid
  • Even-tempered
  • Friendly

Blue/Grey
 
  • Gentle
  • Quiet
  • Affectionate
  • Calm
  • Peaceful

Ginger
 
  • Polite
  • Shifty
  • Unpredictable
  • Laid back
  • Fiery temper
  • Friendly

Tortoiseshell
 
  • Maternal
  • Quick-witted
  • Naughty
  • Temperamental
  • Aloof
  • Intolerant

Tabby 
 
  • Good-natured
  • Home bodies
  • Friendly

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