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What Does a Cat's Color Say about its Personality?

 
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: July 16, 2017
What Does a Cat's Color Say about its Personality?

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Much like human beings or other animals, every domestic cat has a unique personality which can be partially shaped by its sex, hormonal factors, family or even if it went through a socialization process when it was a kitten.

We all know that different breeds have different personality traits, but now we are talking about coat color. Many experts affirm that there is a direct relationship between the cat's melanin and dopamine, which produces a certain personality type. But is it true?

Stay at AnimalWised to find out what does a cat's color say about its personality. Read on and find out if this post rings true with your cat's temperament.

Calico cats

Calico cats have mostly white coats with two other colors in spots or patches; tortoiseshell cats have bi-colored coats, but not white.

Just like tortoiseshell cats, calico cats have a more changeable and surprising personality. They're usually very active, playful and curious. One interesting fact is that calico and tortoiseshell cats are almost always female. This genetic peculiarity and the associated personality may be closely linked to hormonal changes.

What Does a Cat's Color Say about its Personality? - Calico cats

Piebald or bicolor cats

Piebald cats have mostly white coats with patches of another color, which can be solid (tuxedo cats are black and white, for instance) or patterned (combined with tabby fur, as in the picture).

Bicolor or piebald cats usually have a stable but distant personality. They can be extremely affectionate with you at times, and the next minute they run away when you try to touch them. This characteristic peculiarity makes them extremely curious and surprising.

What Does a Cat's Color Say about its Personality? - Piebald or bicolor cats

Black cats

Many people know that black cats are associated with bad luck in many cultures and they were heavily persecuted in continental Europe in the Middle Ages. However, in other cultures, the black cat has received much more favorable treatment. For instance, they are believed to bring good luck in the British Isles, but they are mistrusted in the United States.

But why is that? What's certain is that black cats tend to be quiet and shy, but very loving. If you ever get one you'll realize that black cats have something unique about them - they have a much more sensitive personality than other types of cats.

What Does a Cat's Color Say about its Personality? - Black cats

Orange cats

Orange cats are particularly sweet and loving, and they have a greater tendency to meow when they want attention, strokes and warm words.

Out of all the different types of cat, the ones with this coloring let you handle them more than any other; they love being petted and stroked. However, they're often shy at first - just like all newcomers are, as you know.

What Does a Cat's Color Say about its Personality? - Orange cats

White cats

Without a doubt, white cats have the most complex personality and they can sometimes be harder to understand. They usually need more time and patience to build a relationship, but once established it lasts forever.

Unless with familiar company, the white cat is usually the most shy, distant and aggressive. It will make the most of any opportunity or nearby hand to unleash a swipe with its claws. However, as mentioned above, the white cat will be very loyal to trusted individuals.

What Does a Cat's Color Say about its Personality? - White cats

Tortoiseshell cats

Tortoiseshell cats are enshrouded in a beautiful history, which is laced with mythology and supernatural occurrences. This is perhaps why these cats have the most changeable personalities. However, a tortoiseshell cat is the most loyal friend you could find.

These cats are usually the most shy and distanced with strangers, but once a strong bond is formed the tortoiseshell cat will show its affection like a small lion; by nibbling and clawing you softly.

What Does a Cat's Color Say about its Personality? - Tortoiseshell cats

Grey cats

In general, grey cats have a mischievous, fun-loving attitude. They're particularly beautiful and exhibit traits from all personalities. It's a fantastic cat which will let you touch it and stroke it, without losing its feline nature.

What Does a Cat's Color Say about its Personality? - Grey cats

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