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Father’s genes determine how friendly a cat is — 10 Comments

  1. Hi Michael. Sometimes I select for type and appearance or because they are descended from Ankara Zoo cats and are therefore of particular interest. The best way is to select for character AND appearance as in the case of Muzaffer and now Kahraman. I have sold some cats to European and Uk breeders.

  2. Hi Marc. Yes they are proper Turkish names. Kadir means “big”. Muzaffer means ” Great Victor’ or similar. I sell to Europe and the Uk. American still can’t understand that what a real Turkish Angora is because they have been assailed by the cat fancy fake Angoras for many years.

  3. I see that with my gentle Giant Muzaffer. His kittens are very trusting and are biddable which is quite an unusual trait in felines. Particularly the biggest kitten, Kadir, mostly follows me around like a puppy, and doesn’t want to miss anything. I only have to call him once and he comes galloping over. The other 2 Sofia and Haydar are pretty much the same but like to check things out on their own, but are also biddable. Their mother Risa is very affectionate and attentive too. Another male Balkar, unrelated, was Ok when young but is now nervous and like to get away from people. His initial upbringing was good but maybe the genes from his father kicked in when he grew up. I have only a vague idea who is father may be because he is feral. Never-the-less he is easy to pick up once I get close to him and it is very easy to pop him a pill or tidbit. His 2 kittens are better behaved than he is. Their mother is a friendly cat at ease with people.

    • I love your cat’s names Harvey. Very nice and interesting. I am going to guess they are related to Turkish names..?

    • Kadir sounds absolutely perfect as a companion cat. He is Turkish Angora I presume. Do you sell to people in Europe and America? I don’t know how you operate.

      I guess you select male cats for their character.

  4. A very interesting and useful article Michael. This will help people select the right male for kittens & cats that are likely to behave well at cat shows and be friendly in general.

    • Nice point. If selecting a kitten under any circumstances and you can see and interact with the father, check out the father first. That is probably what one should do.

      I think the bias towards male genes for personality is a compensation for the role the mother plays in raising the kittens and affecting their personality that way. But no one has said that as far as I am aware.

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