Tortoiseshell cats are suspected of having a very special character and often surprise beginners in keeping cats. This phenomenon has now been scientifically studied for the first time at the University of California Department of Veterinary Medicine.
Is there a connection between the unusual appearance and the behavior of tricolor cats? If you ask experienced cat owners, the answer is often: yes, there is!
Many have experienced that tortoiseshell cats are particularly moody compared to other cats and therefore relatively difficult to manage.
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If you get yourself a tricolor cat, you shouldn’t be too cuddly – you’ll find this meme too:
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Lucky Cats: Not for wimps!
“Tortitude“It is made up of words Turtle (Turtle) e Attitude (Behavior) together. Tortoiseshell cats aren’t for wimps, says the creator of this meme. He is making an ironic reference to the difficult character of animals.
Based on this widely accepted assumption, the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine the first study in the world on the connection between coat color and the character of cats carried out.
Study confirms reservations about tortoiseshell cats
More than 1,200 cat owners have been questioned in an online procedure. The questionnaire recorded the age, sex, weight, height and obviously the color of the fur of the pets.
On a scale of 0 to 5, participants were also asked to provide information on the frequency of wheezing, biting, and other aggressive behaviors.
The survey result shows: Indeed, aggressive behaviors such as hissing, biting or scratching are observed more frequently in tortoiseshell cats than in conspecifics of other colors of animals.
The head of the investigation, behaviorist Elizabeth Stelow, says:
“We believe our findings on tortoiseshell cats could be of great interest to cat owners around the world! We would be delighted if our study provided the impetus for further research in this exciting area. Because there are still many things that are not there. are clear “.
Animal researchers have not yet been able to explain exactly how there is a greater potential for aggressive behavior in tortoiseshell cats.
Elizabeth Stelow suspects that the same genes that determine coat color in cats also determine temperament. To confirm this hypothesis, however, further investigation is needed.
Do not compare the aggression potential of cats with that of dogs
How dangerous are tortoiseshell cats really for their environment? Probably not much. The head of the study points out that the aggressive behavior of cats should not be equated with that of dogs:
“Dogs exhibit a much broader spectrum of aggressive behaviors, from subliminal aggression to the ability to kill. Most tortoiseshell cats do not have nearly the potential for aggression that a dog theoretically can. Cats are generally more aggressive. “
Therefore, based on the results, no one should be afraid to adopt a multi-colored cat as a pet. However, the sometimes difficult nature knowledge of tortoiseshell cats may help owners get along better with animals:
“The vast majority of these cats are wonderful companions!”