Q&A: Has it ever been shown that a cat’s fur coloring pattern can be an indicator of personality/disposition?

Question by But Scratchuh, the STD bear, Jr:Have you ever been shown that the skin color pattern of a cat can be an indicator of personality / temperament? I heard, for example, solid gray cats are more shy and black cats tend to be more cariñoso.He seen this pattern myself, but I think it’s probably nonsense. What did you hear / think / experienced? Best answer: Answer by eyJude


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6 Responses to “Q&A: Has it ever been shown that a cat’s fur coloring pattern can be an indicator of personality/disposition?”

  1. I do have a black tuxedo cat named Wolfgang who loves to give us kisses. And when he meows at us it is quiet.

    Now our other cat Artemis, is a medium haired loud one. When you try to be affectionate, he will also for 2 seconds, before he turns around and attacks your hand.

    Other than that, I haven’t got a clue.

    I do know a Tassie devil bear who is quite affectionate with the ladies. Too bad I can’t bring him home with me.

  2. Well, I love cats. So, I have had many of them over the years. The boy cats that I have had have been more affectionate, in my opinion. All the girl cats I have had have been kind of standoffish. I tend to favor orange colored cats. I have an orange and white cat named Tucker (his picture is my avatar.) He is mostly a sweetheart. He can be a little moody though. He LOVES me. He will let the rest of the family pet him, if he is in the mood for it. But, he usually just wants me to pet him. He will actually walk up to me and reach up wanting me to pick him up. But, he was raised from a bottle because his mom wouldn’t feed him, so I think that has alot to do with his temperment. I think he thinks I am his mom. lol

  3. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence but no, I don’t believe a connection has been proven in any scientifically valid way. I have heard vets make comments like “Oh, these big orange guys are always so laid back” or “Whenever I see a calico with a lot of white I know to get out the gloves” but who knows how consistently observant they’ve been about this stuff with their patients :) It would be an interesting subject for a research project, actually!

    **Added** Molly’s statement is incorrect. There are plenty of female ginger cats, they are just less common than male ones because females need to have two X chromosomes with the orange gene whereas males only need one. As for tortoiseshells and calicos, it is true that the vast majority of them are female, but males of that coat coloration do exist and they are not necessarily “hermaphrodites” (in possession of ambiguous or intersexed genitalia), they just have at least one extra X chromosome in addition to the normal male XY.

  4. Yes it has!

    Tortoiseshell cats are very well known for being “crazy” :P

    just another little fact, there is no such thing as a female ginger cat and no such thing as a male tortoiseshell cat, if either of these are seen, they are actually hemephrodites :P

  5. I have a solid grey cat and can assure you that she is anything but timid, in fact she rules the roost and will make that clear to all whos in it lol

  6. Not really in my experience. The only “color” personality tends to be with torties and calicos. Most all of the torties I owned had the famous “tortitude” where they get more b*tchy then most others – spayed or not.

    My red tabby boys tended to be more outgoing, but I had a few shyer ones too. Other then the torties, I’ve found little indication regarding color and personality.

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