A Study Reveals A Link Between The Color Of Your Cat's Fur And His Level Of Aggression!

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A Study Reveals A Link Between The Color Of Your Cat's Fur And His Level Of Aggression

Statistically, there is a link between the color of a cat's coat and its level of aggression towards humans and other cats. This is what emerges from a study published 5 years ago.

Each cat has its own character, with dominant behavioral traits. Some are the calm and peaceful type, while others are more aggressive. Many factors come into play here, such as genetics, the animal's life experience, its education and the quality of socialization it has received.

According to a statistical study carried out in the United States, there is a correlation between the color of a cat's coat and its aggressiveness, both towards humans and towards its own fellow cats, reports IFL Science. The conclusions of this work were published in 2015 in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.

Conducted by veterinary experts at the University of California at Davis, it consisted of collecting and analyzing the responses to an online questionnaire provided by 1274 cat owners. They were asked to evaluate their animals aggressiveness toward others, the manifestations of this behavior, as well as their attitude when they are in a veterinary office or clinic.

The most aggressive cats were found to be the "orange" females. In other words, the cats whose robes are of the tortoiseshell, calico and torbie types. They are not the only ones; those with black and white coat and those with grey and white fur are also in this category.

As for the most peaceful cats, they have grey, black, white or tabby ("tiger") coats.

This correspondence between coat color and aggressiveness is purely statistical. It does not necessarily show that aggressiveness is determined by this factor.

Nevertheless, there could be a link, via a phenomenon well known in evolutionary biology and called "trunk". This is a character defined as a by-product of the evolution of another character. In other words, variations in coat color in cats could be the indirect effect of a genetic disposition to aggression.

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