I think pretty much every cat owner knows what cattitude is. And even for those of us who have super sweet kitty cats, there are the rare occasions when our cats can be downright sassy.
In an article talking about fun facts about tuxedo cats, I reported on the well-known moniker of tuxietude that tuxedo cats often display. Tuxedo cats are known by many in the cat world as the type that can be sweet but sassy, and ginger tabby cats are known in the feline study world as being the most “gregarious” of all cats when assessing cat coat and temperament.
But a study out of the UK published by the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science suggests that cat coat and temperament are inexplicably linked. And it comes as no surprise to see which fancy felines top the list!
Once the theory was hypothesized, research was conducted among 1,274 cat owners to assess the theory that a cat’s coat can and will directly affect a cat’s temperament.
Of those cat owners polled in the study, the owners were asked to respond to a questionnaire which asked them to list the frequency and degree of their cat’s aggressive behavior based off of their everyday interactions, how they respond to being handled, as well as their reaction when being taken to the vet. These responses were given by a rating on an “aggression scale” which the owners used to grade their cat’s regular behavior.
Here are some of the stats that they gathered as a result:
1. At the top of the list for “most aggressive” cat would be black and white cats, specifically those with tuxedo cat patterns. Second and third to the tuxies are tortoiseshell with white cats, and gray and white cats. These tortoiseshell and white cats were labeled as having “anti-social behavior” in accordance with the study.
2. Cats which are solid black, gray, white or your average tabby were found to be calm and placid in disposition.
3. Black and white cats were less accepting of being handled by their humans, and preferred to be affectionate on their terms.
4. Gray and white cats were most likely to become aggressive when visiting the veterinarian’s office.
5. Tortoiseshell and white cats were the “moodiest” with their humans among all cats.
I’ve always personally believed that calico cats are sweet, but this study out of the UK suggests that female calico cats in the US are more likely to display aggressive behavior towards their owners.
So, what do you think about these results? Does your cat seem similar to the results that they described? Share with us in the comments section.