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Is coat color significant to behavior?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
No home has been found for the kitten someone dumped out at DH's brother's business, so we're thinking about taking her in. She's a calico. I was wondering if coat color has anything to do with a cat's behavior characteristics?
post #2 of 29
Not really. There are a lot of exceptions. However, tortoiseshells and calico sometimes have a "tortitude" attitude. Its more fiesty, mouthy and dominate type of attitude. I've owned several torties and calicos and they all tended to be a lot more bossy to other cats.

I love them with their splashy colors but would really rather have a male then a female
post #3 of 29
I *have* seen at least one book citing a study that found that coat color can be linked to behavior (if you want more info, let me know, and I'll see if I can find the reference). I'm sure however that, as Goldenkitty suggests, there are always exceptions. For example, the few torties I've known personally definitely had "tortitude," but I'm sure there are numerous members here who would tell you that theirs are the sweetest cats in the world!
post #4 of 29
I have 5 cats and here is a pic of the one with a attitude.
I did have 1 calico that did not have a attidue and her name was Butterscotch.
This is Meeko who has is nice but has a attitude at times.
I would still take her though.

post #5 of 29
Well for one, the true calico or tortoise shell with black are always female. I personally have always found most females to have a bit more "cattitude" regardless of coloring. Maia is a tabby and completely full of it! In the past I have had a tortie short hair who was the sweetest kitty to all, as well as Sweety who was a long hair tortie and at times the most stubborn but loving kitty ever! More importantly every cat is different and will adapt to their environment, just remember to give lots of love and support!
post #6 of 29
Kasey is our tortie.

She has a bit of the tortie attitude with the other cats. I don't know if that is due to coat colour or pre-rescue life.

Even at her age, of 8 to 10 years, she is very playfull.

I told a bit about here here;

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=184623

She is a very affectionate cat and has basically imprinted on me. She does not like it when I leave the house on an eveneing, weekend or vaction day (it seems leaving for work is OK). The odd thing is, I started to make a joke of telling her I was going and my wife says she settles down and doesn't meow when I leave, if I tell her I am going.
post #7 of 29
well, neither of my current tri-color cats have the infamous 'tortitude'. Firefox, of course, is 'junior' to everyone else - she does occasionally get into it w/Cable, Java, or Pixel [that latter usually follows some mutual grooming] but she just LOVES big brother Chip! i personally think it's just 'cause she still quite young.

Java, otoh, has no 'tortitude' whatsoever - she's very submissive, for the most part, a very sweet-natured girl.
post #8 of 29
My only calico in the past (ingeniously named Cali ) was a very loving, cuddly, sweet cat.

It was our silver tabby who had all the attitude in the house.

So it's not a done deal that a calico has a 'tude.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by Forensic View Post
My only calico in the past (ingeniously named Cali ) was a very loving, cuddly, sweet cat.

It was our silver tabby who had all the attitude in the house.

So it's not a done deal that a calico has a 'tude.
it's the silver tabby in my house that has 'tude, as well!
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
it's the silver tabby in my house that has 'tude, as well!
Same here, and shes an only kitty, but is full of 'tude'!
post #11 of 29
Ophelia would like to de-bunk the idea that color relates to attitude. She's solid white & has attitude a mile high!
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
Ophelia would like to de-bunk the idea that color relates to attitude. She's solid white & has attitude a mile high!
Ah, but white is a masking colour she could be any colour underneath that.

I remember reading that all cats are black or red, other colours are variations on that and white masks all colours.
post #13 of 29
I know you've all heard this from me before but Daphne doesn't have the 'tude. She is sweet, loving, silly, playful and so very smart. When I get another cat, maybe the "female" attitude will come out but it hasn't yet.

Does this look like an attitude face?

post #14 of 29
Harley's black.....and she has tons of attitude. She has her moments where she is sweet and cuddly, and then she has moments where I swear I live with an 8-lb wild panther instead of a cat.

post #15 of 29
The female cats I’ve had experience with have always seemed to be a bit more temperamental than males, regardless of color. I wouldn’t say they were bad pets, just different personalities. Perhaps calicos/torties get the wrap for having attitude simply because they are all female?
post #16 of 29
I've been a professional pet sitter for over 10 years. It's my experience that the accusation that calico's can be feisty is a often true! I once heard a breeder say that it's the red hair gene. You know like red-headed humans are considered feisty too. Still, that's a broad generalization. I know one calico who stands out as one of the sweetest cats I've ever met, and I've met a LOT of cats.

I wouldn't let coat color play a role in the adoption process. Personality is where it's at.
post #17 of 29
P.S. My grey tabby (female) can out attitude ALL your calicos!
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by howtoholdacat View Post
I've been a professional pet sitter for over 10 years. It's my experience that the accusation that calico's can be feisty is a often true! I once heard a breeder say that it's the red hair gene. You know like red-headed humans are considered feisty too. Still, that's a broad generalization. I know one calico who stands out as one of the sweetest cats I've ever met, and I've met a LOT of cats.

I wouldn't let coat color play a role in the adoption process. Personality is where it's at.
Boy I would second that. I've seen all kinds in rescue.
post #19 of 29
I've heard say many times that orange male tabbies are the sweetest and most lovable cats and so far I have found this to be true. My three ginger boys are complete love bugs. They actually compete to be in my lap and at times they all just try to pile in my lap.

My black kitten is just like was said up above... one minute he is full of love and affection and the next minute he is base jumping off the bookcase, knocking over anything that is not nailed down and using the SO and me as his personal climbing posts. My almost senior boy is a solid black as well and he has calmed down for the most part but still seems to find it necessary to cause mischief every once in a while.

My girl is a brown tabby and she has more attitude than a room full 13 year old girls. We call her our little erm... rhymes with witch She only wants to be pet when its on her terms and if you try to pet her and she wants none of it she gives this sharp meow as if to say "how dare you touch me when I didn't give you permission." She does love my SO though. I think its because he just lets her sit next to him and leaves her alone.
post #20 of 29
You beat me Amanda - its very possible that she is a tortie or calico under all that white. My Odd-Eye White Rex was a tortie under there and she had a tortie attitude!
post #21 of 29
This is Coco and Cleo.
Coco has never had attidue.
She never hisses whines or growls.
My problem is she is to friendly.
My have Russian Blue dosent have a attidue either.
The problem with her is she is scared of anyone that comes over she dosent know.
Cleo is only 5 months but so far has not had a attitude.
She does hiss at dogs though.
She hissed at my sisters dog and at the vets.
post #22 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your kind replies and for sharing pictures of your beautiful cats. I have not seen her yet, so I am not sure if she is calico or torti, but admittedly I don't know the difference (?) I always think of a calico as having white in a mix of colors. DH says she has long hair. Even though there is a possibility someone else might take her, I am already thinking of names.
post #23 of 29
The reason I joined this site a few months back was because of trouble I was having with a feral tortie I brought into the house.

She was horribly aggressive and beat the crap out of my neutered males. I had a silver tabby female awhile back who was very mild mannered, so I don't know if this tortie is the way she is from "femaleness" or "tortieness".

She's calmed down considerably (fixing her helped), but still has way more attitude than the other two. But she is a positively gorgeous long-haired kitty.
post #24 of 29
Coat color has no more bearing on an animal's personality than hair or skin color does on ours. Upbringing (socialization), spay or not spay - how old the cat was when spay, and sex will affect that a lot more. The only time it may truly affect the cat is if it is white and blue eyed - and then that will be because the cat is likely deaf.

I've noticed a lot of female cats having attitudes, though for everyone with a major attitude there's one that's the sweetest cat ever. Males tend to be more kicked back after neutering and a couple years - but again, they can have attitudes too. (Turns our my Sherman has a bit of one. )
post #25 of 29
Coat color doesn't always mean much - it's the cat themselves and what they have been through - if much.

My calico Kuce is a real sweetheart and will put up with a lot of things. You wouldn't know that she is a calico or a rescue.

Luvbug is also a rescued black cat and a total loverboy.

Its our current youngster Lil' Jag - our Black Smoke girl that has the attitude (though she can be sweet).
post #26 of 29
I've only had male cats and they've all been very sweet. A solid gray, tuxedo and a tabby.
post #27 of 29
I have a lovely long haired red tabby and he is a doll 50% of the time the other 50% of the time he gives me lip like he's a 15 year old going through puberty. I'm serious he back talks me when he doesn't like things, when I ask him to move and he doesn't want to--its awful. He's always running his mouth about something--cats that talk are overrated.

Leslie
post #28 of 29
Well, my calico is very full of attitude, but a friend's calicos are both sweet as can be, all the time, so I'd say coat color doesn't necessarily have anything to do with anything except coat color. Thank you for adopting this little girl. You'll never regret it.
post #29 of 29
Our grey tabby definitely has a "Papa bear" personality. He heards his "sister" around and is definitely the boss about when it is snuggling time and when it isn't!

Our solid black baby girl is the most cuddly little love bug I've ever been around. She can't stand to be away from us if we're home and I often have to remove her from my throat in the middle of the night!
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