Orange Cat Behavior: Is their so-called “crazy” actions related to the color of their fur?

Orange Cat Behavior: Is their so-called “crazy” actions related to the color of their fur?

Lately, the orange cat and its crazy behavior has taken over social media algorithms–specifically TikTok. If you’re unfamiliar with what it means, a quick search of “orange cat behavior” on TikTok will reveal that a singular orange cat brain cell is being shared between every orange cat, causing silly and chaotic behavior that is generally endearing. 

While the comments under these videos often joke and jest, scientists have actually gone and investigated whether or not the color of a cat’s coat impacts cat behavior. While some studies do suggest that there could be a link between coat color and behavior, there is no significant or conclusive evidence. Lead study author Mikel Delgado hopes that this study is a starting point for further research into what affects the adoption and retention rate of pet cats–whether there is a genetic or physical basis for the personality differences in cats. 

The way that we perceive our cats often says more about our own personalities than it does about them. Researchers have focused on human perceptions of cat personality– 189 cat owners were surveyed on their perception of the personalities of their furry companions. The survey revealed that orange cats were rated high in friendliness and low in shyness in comparison to cats of different colors. 

White cats were soon as more shy, calm and low in activity, friendliness and boldness; bi-colored cats were seen as friendly and low in aloofness; tri-colored cats were rated low in friendliness and seen as intolerant and aloof; and black cats didn’t really have any traits that were rated differently from other colors.

While color and personality may not be directly linked, what is associated with breeds is that certain health conditions can be more inheritable–the development of certain breeds have contributed to the diminishing well-being of cats. Extreme conformities like brachycephalic–having a shorter skull, much like a pug–can cause breathing suffering and eating difficulties. Several breeds that are well-recognized for being brachycephalic are Persian, Himalayan, and Burmese cats.

Although breed and coat color don’t actually have a huge influence on a cat’s behavior, some traits do root from genetics. What actually affects a cat’s behavior most is how a cat is socialized. There are numerous papers that look at adequate socialization during the sensitive socialization period of 2-7 weeks and how it can affect a cat’s behavior throughout the rest of their life including their willingness to approach people, their confidence, and their willingness to approach people and engage with a new stimulus. A good socialization plan is one of the biggest influences on the behavior of a cat.

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