Study shows your cat’s colour may predict its attitude
A study has recently shown that your cat’s colour may predict its attitude:
If your feline friend has a bad “cattitude,” the color of its fur might be a factor. Researchers at UC Davis have found a correlation between a cat’s markings and its level of feistiness, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Calicos and tortoiseshells are more likely to be aggressive — to bite, hiss, scratch, or swipe — when interacting with humans, according to the study published this month in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. It may have something to do with the cats having two X chromosomes. And it’s not a universal designation, the News notes, but the behaviors are more prominent in those cats. Also, the researchers say the results shouldn’t be interpreted to mean that cats of those colors are dangerous; they’re just feisty. Researchers based their findings on the results of an online survey of more than 1,200 cat owners, the California Aggie reports.