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University of California researchers believe a cat’s fur colour linked to how …

  • Veterinary scientists have found a link between the colour of a cat’s fur and its tendency to show aggressive behaviour towards humans, study shows
  • Found calico cats are ‘significantly more aggressive’ than other types
  • Having looked at 1,274 cats, found ideal pet is a black, grey, white or tabby

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Is your puss a bit catty, the sort to scratch and hiss when handled?  

Then it’s likely to be black and white, grey and white or tortoiseshell, say veterinary scientists who believe a cat’s fur colour is linked to how aggressive it is. 

Researchers at the University of California studied 1,274 cats to demonstrate how a moggie’s colour is symptomatic of their behaviour.

Not just a pretty face: Researchers have found calico cats (pictured) are more aggressive than other cats

Not just a pretty face: Researchers have found calico cats (pictured) are more aggressive than other cats

Face off: The study revealed how calico cats were especially aggressive in everyday contact with humans

Face off: The study revealed how calico cats were especially aggressive in everyday contact with humans

In a study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, experts used a survey to test whether calico cats – who have a spotted or particoloured that is predominately white – are ‘significantly more aggressive towards people’ than other types of cat, as is thought to be the case.

Owners responded to the questionnaire which asked them to detail how often their pet was aggressive during a typical day, how it reacts when handled and its behaviour at the vet.

They replied by giving their cat a rating on a scale of aggression. 

The answers given confirmed calico females, black and white and grey and white cats were regularly ‘more aggressive towards humans’.

The study by veterinary scientists at the University of California the ideal pet is a black, grey or tabby cat

The study by veterinary scientists at the University of California the ideal pet is a black, grey or tabby cat

When broken down, the study also found black and white cats were particularly aggressive when handled, grey-and-white cats during a trip to the vet and calico females in everyday contact with humans. 

It concluded that the ideal pet is a black, grey, white or tabby cat.  

The study comes a month after researchers at the University of Lincoln found cats, unlike dogs, do not need humans to feel protected. 

In particular, they found cats don’t suffer from separation anxiety and any noise they make when their owner leaves is more likely to be out of boredom or frustration.  

 


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