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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-13-2005, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Does coloring effect behavior and personality?

Yesterday, I picked Squeakers up at the vet after her spay, and the assistant mentioned what a frisky kitten she is. (Squeakers is doing great by the way - she was very sleepy last night, but she's getting back to herself, it seems like she's very fustrated that she is a little too tired to play!) She mentioned that tuxedo cats seem to be crazier and friskier. I remember my aunt telling me the same thing, actually. Has anyone else heard of this? What personality characteristics do you notice to be associated with certain colorings and patterns?
And I love my crazy little Squeakers, even when she climbs my leg to attack my favorite sweater or when she attacks my hair if I fall asleep on the couch. Actually, she does this really cute thing - she goes under the couch and sticks her paw through the space between the cushions and taps me, as if saying "here I am, gotcha!!" There's nothing funnier than seeing this little paw poking out between the couch cusions!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-13-2005, 01:38 PM
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Beats me...I know that it took Assumpta until about the third vet visit to really show off her testiness, and the vet laughed and said "Oh, we were all wondering when we'd see that red gene make an appearance!" I still wonder if the vet's expectation of testiness makes Assumpta more likely to be short-tempered...

I think we can generalize all day and still not be any closer to truth. I mean, I've noticed that torties and calicos (to a lesser extent) seem to be a little bossier (they do not suffer fools well), but that's probably because I love torties and bossy cats in general (Assumpta is a terrible bossy-boots ), so I notice it more...and it's not as dramatic a difference as I notice in other groups of similar cats, like seniors, declaws, cats that have been abused, strays, surrenders, ferals, and so on...they seem to have more commonalities than cats of any particular color group. JMO, though.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-14-2005, 02:01 AM
 
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Well from working in a vet for awhile, we all generalized about color and personality as well, I think it is partly true to a certain extent...But like our astrological signs every living thing is different and unique in their own way, nothing is that clean cut.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-14-2005, 04:14 AM
 
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Yeah, at work we all generalise colours and breeding, but its not serious or proven. For example, we tend to generalise torties as being feisty!
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-14-2005, 07:16 PM
 
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I have always associated short haired cats with being more playful and active and hairy cats seem to be more laid back/lazy. This is just my experience with cats.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-14-2005, 07:23 PM
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calicos (to a lesser extent) seem to be a little bossier (they do not suffer fools well)
my calico Mellie must be one exceptional calico, because she's very good about putting up with me
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-14-2005, 09:10 PM
 
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My tuxedo thinks he is of royal blood. In fact, I say he's the King over every living thing in this place! He doesn't like being picked up, and loves being pet. But he purrs soo silently you can't hear it, only feel it. He also can't meow like a normal cat though.. He tucks me into bed every night(kneading me)!
He never did anything unusual at his vet visits though. Besides the normal "You cant get me out of this crate!" thing.
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