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Matching Feline Aggressiveness To Coat Color — 10 Comments

  1. I believe in what you said in this article about ginger males. They’re fighters toward other cats but laid back when at home with their person. pictures-of-cats.org/ginger-cat-personality.html

    Our calicos have been the best for catching mice and our torties should be called spider monkeys because they love jumping on a back or shoulders.

  2. This is definitely not a scientific study. I have had several tabbies, both orange and traditional, plus several calico/torties, tuxedos, and more. All have had different personalities that did NOT depend on hair color any more than human personality depends on hair color.

    Some tabbies were super mellow and some were “wild” with the rest in between. I have to agree that the cats in the study may have been conditioned in their behavior causing the results to be influenced.

  3. I also get so dismayed by these kinds of “studies”. It’s just a collection of anecdotal folklore in regard to “catitude” or “tortitude”. There’s a public perception (interest), people who already believe it and the researchers generate a weak, if not completely biased sampling to support it. The only good thing about the method is they are at least venturing outside the laboratory to try to gather data based on real-world experiences. But the bottom line is if you treat a cat as if it’s supposed to have a bad attitude, it may well develop it to suit your expectations, or you just may be misreading the cat entirely. Owners don’t know every breed of cat so they have no average basis to compare their cat’s behavior to. And environmentally there’s too many variables, like Michael said.

  4. Conclusion:

    Any scientific study is just cash-grabbing junk-science if it portrays any aspect of cats in a negative manner.

    Any “scientific” study is true science if it bolsters any biased and still unconfirmed anecdotal aspects about cats in a positive manner.

    Biased is as biased does.

    • Gail I am not sure you right. In fact I am sure you are wrong. Bad science concerning cats often involves erroneously extrapolating from small studies. This is the case when working out the impact of feral cats on wildlife. There are biased scientists too. A lot of science to do with the domestic cat is shaky. There is a far bit of guesswork still on matters such as cats’ senses and intelligence. Thanks for commenting.

      • Perhaps you should send them your list of the “minimum required cats” needed for any subject of study on cats, since you’re such a worldwide renowned and oft-quoted unbiased expert in studies of science and statistical analysis.

        • Whenever Gail encounters an opinion that’s contrary to what she believes she immediately resorts to personal attacks on whomever she disagrees with. “We can agree to disagree” is obviously not a concern of hers. She really reminds me of that other unreasonable poster I encountered recently on this site. Lorraine, I think her name is. You guys sound exactly alike with your worship of the gods of science.

          Come on, let’s have another rant of yours so you can show people what you really are.

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