In this post, we will discuss the personality traits of the most colorful felines on the globe, “The calico cats.” Yes, calico cats are one of the few cats with such diverse variations in their coat color patterns, and you will never find two calico cats of the same pattern.
Mostly calico cats are found in a combination of black, white, and orange; however, they may also come in different shades of red, blue-black, cream, or chocolate brown.
As far as calico cats’ personalities and other behavioral characteristics are concerned, many feline parents believe that calico cats exhibit certain distinct traits, like being more stubborn and aggressive than other cats. Let’s figure out how accurate these rumors about calico cats are.
Calico Cat Personality Characteristics
Generally, many people say calico cats are more strong-willed, aggressive, fiery, spunky, and assertive than other cats. In a survey conducted by a team of vets from the University of California, 1200 feline guardians were asked questions about their cats’ behavior and personality traits. Many calico cat guardians (and even some breeders) reported that these cats are a bit more challenging to handle than others. In addition, calico cats have a bit more attitude and live independently compared to other solid-colored cats.
Despite the rumors mentioned above, calico cats are the favorite pets of thousands of feline lovers who claim that their cats are endearing, affectionate, playful, and love to spend time with their owners. Though they may be difficult to handle, they make a great companion.
So What’s The Truth?
Only a limited number of cat guardians were in the survey mentioned above, and the conclusion was based on the assumptions of their observations or experience. In addition, the guardian’s opinions may be influenced by the rumors circulating in society.
So we can’t take it to judge a particular cat’s color and personality. No scientific data is available to prove the link between a calico cat’s coat color and personality or behavior at the genetic level.
At this point, it’s worth mentioning that “calico” is not a specific cat breed. Instead, the name is given to the particular tricolor coat pattern (that generally results from random mutations at the genetic level). Many cat breeds can give birth to a calico cat. How a kitten behaves also depends on their parents’ breed and temperament. Since so many cat breeds can give birth to calico kittens, this explains the diversity in their coat color and personality traits.
It has also been observed that cats with coat patterns resembling calico (e.g., tortoiseshell cats), or cats having dark patches on their coat (black or brown), exhibit similar personality traits like stubbornness, strong will, aggressiveness, more attitude, etc.
Furthermore, like humans or any other pet, every calico cat is distinct and has its personality. As mentioned above, many calico cats are friendly, calm, affectionate, and playful companions and go well even in families with kids.
Breeds That Can Give Birth to Calico Kittens
Knowing that so many breeds can give birth to calico kittens, it’s easier to enlist the feline breeds that never produce a calico kitten. Solid color cats (like Siamese, Russian blues, etc.) are included in this list. Some familiar parents of calico cats are listed below.
From the above discussion, we can safely conclude since calico is not a distinct breed, we can’t say that they exhibit a particular set of traits. Every calico cat is different, and its personality is determined by the breed and genetics of its parents.
However, as whole calico cats make great companions with thousands of fans throughout the world. Even if there is some truth in the survey based on the owner’s opinions or rumors mentioned above, choosing a calico over a solid color only increases your chances a little of getting a fiery, furry companion.
If you live with a Calico cat, let us know about their personality in the comments. We would love to hear about your kitty!