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Calico, tortoiseshell female cats often most challenging

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Re: Calico, tortoiseshell female cats often most challenging

Postby GitaBooks » Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:01 pm

That is so interesting! Thanks for sharing!

We have a patched tabby and white who is shy but very, very sweet and never threatens us. However, we also have a tortiseshell that is about as rotten as possible. Growling, biting, hissing, complaining. I just thought it was her personality, but apparently there is some science to it too.

Then again, my tabby and white boy is just as grumpy. icon-smile
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Re: Calico, tortoiseshell female cats often most challenging

Postby pat » Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:24 pm

interesting.

I had one exactly like that, have another one now. I personally did and don't see any difference in their personality.
they were always friendly and wanted attention :shrug:

maybe the problematic ones just need to be spoiled more :lol:
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Re: Calico, tortoiseshell female cats often most challenging

Postby GitaBooks » Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:39 pm

Yeah. icon-smile

Our tortie Genny is never very grateful. I try to pick her up to bring her from the basement up to my room (some in my family are allergic to cats so she does not get free-run of the house) and she growls and squirms and tries to bite me. As soon as I bring her up she happily makes herself at home.
You'd think she would learn I'm never trying to be mean to her! Oh well, cats will be cats. icon-smile
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Re: Calico, tortoiseshell female cats often most challenging

Postby Minty » Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:53 pm

My mom and I have had a few calicos, and they never seemed any different than other cats. Of course, they were always given lots of attention and pets. My grandparents also had a cat named Copper, she was their "guard cat" always there on the front porch to greet guests up until the day she died. Maybe we were just lucky icon-smile
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Re: Calico, tortoiseshell female cats often most challenging

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:09 pm

There will always be plenty of exceptions but the study showed a correlation. They are more likely to be that way than others. It makes sense though as there have been studies in other species similar. Like agouti mink or rabbits are more likely to be more fearful or wild type foxes more flighty. Tortoiseshell would seem to me a more wild type coat for a cat so more wild type tendencies are more likely to be expressed than other colors.
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Re: Calico, tortoiseshell female cats often most challenging

Postby GitaBooks » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:57 pm

Calico hamsters are said to be more aggressive than other colors as well, even the more wild type hamsters. This is just very interesting as hamsters are completely different from cats and yet they seem to be showing the same genetics.
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Re: Calico, tortoiseshell female cats often most challenging

Postby TamanduaGirl » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:11 pm

That is interesting. It seems color genes often affect more than just color.

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