feline temperament

Is There a Link Between Coat Color and Personality?

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Most cat guardians will adopt a cat based on her personality, but some also have a distinct preference for a particular coat color or pattern. But is there a link between coat color and personality? After all, both are controlled by genetics, so it wouldn’t be much of a leap to believe that there is a connection.

In a recent study, researchers from California State University and the New College of Florida surveyed nearly 200 people. Study participants were asked to associate 10 personality terms (active, aloof, bold, calm, friendly, intolerant, shy, stubborn, tolerant and trainable) with five cat colors–orange, tri-colored (tortoiseshells and calico cats), white, black and bi-colored (white and anything else). While story respondents said they placed more emphasis on personality than coat color, there appears to be some evidence that the two are linked, at least in the cat guardian’s perception.Continue Reading

Choosing a Companion for Your Cat

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I frequently get questions from readers who are looking to add a new cat to their family. How do I find a cat that will be a good match for my cat? Should I get a cat who’s the same age as my resident cat, or should I get a kitten? Male or female? Will the resident cat accept the newcomer?

Whether it’s a companion for a single cat, or whether another cat in the household has passed away and left a void, adding a new family member is a big decision.

I wish I could give you definitive answers to all of these questions, but the reality is that while you can do some homework, ultimately, each cat’s unique history and personality will determine the outcome.

Ideally, we’d all like our cats to be best buddies who play together, groom each other, and snuggle together. Some cats will bond like that, others will get along but may not ever become close friends, and some cats are confirmed only cats who will never accept a companion. Continue Reading