Spokane cat Club members have learned that the genes of ancestral cats produced spotted, striped, solid, or agouti patterns and some of the earliest natural mutations were for solid color cats.
Surveys show that black cats more effortlessly put up with crowding and indoor living conditions than do the tabbies. Perhaps it’s that surplus amount of forthcoming genes that made ebony-coated felines so in style during early domestication.
Owners of Calicos, Torties, and Torbies claim they have a double-dose of cattitude compared to other color kitties. The highly desirable red color was another early transmutation, so this gene could be linked more directly with the personality of the earliest domesticated cats. A study of 84British Shorthair kittens showed that red, cream or tortoiseshell kittens threw tantrums and squirmed to get away for longer periods when handled by unknown people, compared to kittens of other colors!
If a certain coat color influences friendliness or aggression, the ensuing temperament also affects a feline romance. In feral communities researchers observed that aggressive male cats spend so much time wrangling and lose out on mating. The more good-humored male cats that simply sit patiently until opportunity comes knocking, also pass on their sociable genes more often than the irate kitty. That may clarify why some feral cat colonies have more of one color cat than others. Friendly dudes get the chick-cat.
Breeding won’t be a concern with neutered and spayed pet cats. But if coat color can help foresee temperament and forbearance, that could be an important reflection when choosing a new cat companion. Patience with crowding and sociability toward other kitties is for the most part important when adding to your existing feline family.
And yes, yes; there are exceptions.