Study Shows Link Between Cat's Fur Color and Aggression Level
Based on the results, calico cats are linked to the highest aggression levels.
You kitty’s coat might reveal something about their mood.
A new study from researchers at University of California Davis shows there may be a link between the fur color of domestic cats and their aggression levels, according to Tech Times.
Researchers sent out an online survey to cat owners asking them about their feline’s fur color and also their pet’s connective behavior with humans and other animals, aggression levels, and general personality issues. The hundreds of surveys were analyzed, showing certain trends.
Looking at a cat’s level of aggression at home, while being handled, and on trips to the vet, the survey showed black-and-white, grey-and-white, and calicos tended to be more aggressive across all three areas. White, black, gray and tabby cats tended to be calmer and more approachable when measured against the same aggression scale.
Broken down, black-and-white cats had the most problems being handled, calicos were the most combative during daily encounters, and grey-and-white cats despised the vet’s office most. But, the study admits no color of kitty scored very high marks during its doctor’s appointments.
“Analyses of aggression due to handling, as well as aggression displayed during veterinarian visits, showed little difference among coat colors in these settings,” the researchers wrote in their study.
Based on these results, calicos appear to be the most sensitive of the coat colors. Cats have feelings too, y’all.