A lot of different colored cats

Cat colors and aggression behavior.

Cat colors and aggression behavior


Are there really any observable physical attributes, that can be an indication of a cats’ behavior? There probably are, but finite and for every study, there’s probably several exceptions to the rule. It ultimately boils down to, nature versus nurture. A loved and well-maintained cat can be as wonderful, as any. At least that’s my opinion and experience. And I certainly wouldn’t incorporate any survey results, such as these, in determining the selection of a cat for adoption, would you?

A from the heart decision, when choosing a cat, seems to be the best route to follow. If it feels right, chances are it is. After all, love can defy all, particularly ones’ love to a cat and a cat’s love to us. At the end of the day, the relationship between feline and human, more so the quality of, will probably be defined by love.

Now the study, of which I read in its entirety. It reminded me of my university days, studying biology. Data analysis is as boring today, as it was then 😊. Okay, the study. For the purpose of this study, cats’ and their respective coat colors were broken into 13 categories. 12 being descriptive and 1 being other, what ever that may be. The survey parameters include:

Male 130
Female 1126

Geographic parameters:
U.S. and Canada 1198
European 47
Oceania 12

Male 657
Female 617

And the question posed is:

Are colors, patterns, and variations of a cats’ coat, indicative of their behavior and characteristic traits? Particularly aggressiveness. I guess a good way to determine such notions is by survey and this survey did just that. The survey included 1432 respondents and it recorded the qualified data of some 1274 of those respondents. Originally appearing in an article from The Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 2016, VOL 19, NO 1, 1-15 titled: The Relationship Between Coat Color and Aggressive Behaviors in the Domestic Cat. Conducted by: Elizabeth A. Stelow, Melissa J. Bain & Philip H. Kass, from The University of California / Davis. You may review the article, by clicking on the link here:
The survey focused on three areas for measure. That being the relation of cat to human.

  1. General aggression towards humans.
  2. Aggression towards Veterinarians.
  3. Aggression when being handled.

It should be noted, that the purpose of this study was to determine if there is a need for further study. It was not to address any preconceived notions, of which there are many. Remarkably, many preconceptions are from animal health professionals themselves. In fact, reference is made to a preconception that Tortis’ have attitude. In that, a term (reference) “Tortitude” does exist. You got to love that, “Tortitude”, lol.

So, in the simplest of terms, here are there conclusions, listed in dissension of aggressiveness.  I’d be curious to know if you concur, as I’m sure our readership would be.  Just send us your comments below so, it can be shared with all of us. I thank everyone, for taking the time to do so.

Human aggression (2 most aggressive, 2 least aggressive):
Calico / Torti

Handling Aggression
(2 most aggressive, 2 least aggressive):
Tabby (Brown or Gray)
Calico / Torti

Veterinary aggression:
No one category stood out, the behavior was similar across all colors. Interestingly, the general number of any incident, was less.

The subtlety of the results of this study suggests the need for additional research on the topic of the relationship between coat color and aggression.


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