Scientists Say Your Cat’s Color Could Be Linked To Aggression


Is your kitty a bit angry at times? Does your precious feline tend to scratch, bite and hiss at other cats? If so, they are likely tortoiseshell, black-and-white or gray-and-white. According to a new study, scientists now believe that a feline’s fur color can be connected to their level of aggression.

Dr. Liz Stelow at the University of California and her team looked at data from 1,274 anonymous cats, whose owners were given questions to answer about the behavior of their pets. This survey was part of a study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science on October 14th, 2015, and included queries about how likely the cats were to become aggressive when being handled at the vet. The end result was that owners of tortoiseshell and calico cats reported a notably higher frequency of aggression than owners of different-colored cats.

It’s important to note, however, that this data is based on aggression reported by the owners themselves, and that the researchers did not observe the cats. Therefore, even Dr. Stelow claims that this study should not be used as a basis for adopting a cat, but rather as a general guideline of what you can expect from your cat’s behavior.