Orange, White, Black & White, Calico

@DCMerkle (1281)
United States
August 31, 2008 10:41pm CST
I've had just about every type of different colored cat there is. The one thing that I have found is that depending on the color of the cat, the color of a cat seems to be the factor in the character of the cat. For instance, an orange tabby seems to be very spry, very smart and a smart azz to boot. A grey tabby seems to be laid back, but can be a big bully, if you let them. I was wondering if anyone else has observed this type of character in different colored cats. Other examples, if you've found this to be true yourself, is welcomed. DCMerkle
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@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
1 Sep 08
We have 2 calicoes who are as different as day and night. Josie is a cuddle bug; Paisley won't be held, but she purrs like crazy when you pet her. Arthur is white and he's a poofy boy, a little skittish, but will cuddle with his mom. Peaches, a beige tabby, won't be held, won't be moved, won't cuddle, will allow a little petting on her own terms. My orange boy, now a Rainbow Angel, was the smartest, cuddliest and sweetest boy, except at the vet when he turned into a rabid tiger and refused all treatment, needing to be sedated to be attended to.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
2 Sep 08
mcat, Don't you hate it when you tell the vet that a cat is one way and then the cat will prove you wrong? You know when you want to show off something that your cat can do and you keep trying to get the cat to do it by demonstrating to the cat what you want them to do and then they play dumb? My husband was always doing that with a cat that would jump up on you as soon as you walked in the door. You would tap your chest and like a child the cat would come running and jump up and lock his paws around his neck to say "Hi". One day my hubby was trying to show what the cat would do to a friend. He kept tapping his chest and the cat was just sitting there and looking at him. My hubby's friend said, "I don't know about the cat, but you top your chest very well!" DCMerkle
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@ElicBxn (60835)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I have and had some feral cats that go completely legless at the vet and lay there like they are the biggest cuddle babies in the world while at home they won't come in touching range. And I have had sweet babies that would go nutz at the vet - not quite as bad as yours, but so bad we had to have extra hands in the room to hold them down. I took Chalube to the vet a few weekends ago and while there we trimmed his nails - the roomie and I held him while the vet trimmed hu-NOR-mus nails off this boy.
@minx267 (14034)
• Hartford, Connecticut
2 Sep 08
Wow. I thought it was just me. I have been noticing this with my beige cats lately. It used to be that I had just one and he was such a sweetheart. Now have another beige and 2 others that are beige to a slight orange tint. And those to are just nuts (about me) both of them have to be in your face (usually when I am trying to sleep) and touch me all over with their (COLD) noses (on my face my mouth, whatever) If i try to block my face with my hand or arm they will head butt me to move it out of the way until they can touch my face. makes it very hard to get to sleep. but they are so cute, I don't want to discourage friendly, loving behavior. And i have always had good experience with my grays or gray tigers. but my brown ones are aloof. i have dilute calicos (the gray,beige and white) and they are both friendly and personable. but the dark torti kitten I have is not as friendly as her beige sister and The afore mentioned (very light orange) brother. (in case you are wondering I have 12 cats or so at the moment and have had many before these guys. But my Favorite will always be my Lilac lynx pt. calico- ATTITUDE and all. (she was the only one who would lick me on my nose when i asked her for a kiss) I think IMO that 1/2 Calico cats are the best- they have the personality of a dog, a little attitude, and incredibly smart and loyal.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
2 Sep 08
hi minx Nope, you're not the only one that has noticed the color thing. My Orangie was always trying to get as close to me as he could. He was like a stalker sometimes..lol DCMerkle
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
1 Sep 08
My calico, has the same colors as the cat in your photo. She is grey, white, and kind of dark beige. She has a terrible personality. She is basically unfriendly. She allows you to touch or pet her when she wants to. If she is not ready to be petted, she will swat, bite, or just get up and run away. She is very silent and does not get along well with our other cat. she is very aloof. Our other cat, if you call him, he will immediately come to you, our calico, acts like she doesn't hear you, she will only come to you if you are offering her food or catnip.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
2 Sep 08
sudalunts, I've found that calicos, like their coloring, can be just as unpredictable as their coloring. They have a "royalness" about them that almost makes you feel like you are commoners...lol DCMerkle
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@ElicBxn (60835)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Well, I think most orange cats have good personalities that I've met. My brown tabbies can be bullies, but are also pretty sweet. Laid back? Well, Rygel is a brown and white tabby with a lot of Siamese in him and he's got a wonderful personality, but he was so busy as a kitten, the other cats (including his brother) used to hide from him! My torties have been been pretty independent puddies, but more cowardly then I would care for. The one calico we had was a real socialite, she found a good new home. My black cats have all kinds of personalities, Sassy - well, her name says it all, Scamp is a big scaredy cat, Nef is bounding around with the younger cats, even tho she's 6 years old, while her "sister," Tuti, is more reserved and retiring. My white kitty is a mixer, always starting fights as well as the Siamese, Frankie. Chalube is rather quiet and retiring, but don't piss him off, he's seldom got his nails trimmed!
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
2 Sep 08
ElicBxn My mother and grandmother use to raise Siamese. They are a breed that can be very loyal to their owners and love to entertain you. You have a kittie group that seems to have established their own rights in your home...lol DCMerkle
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@ElicBxn (60835)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Well, Nef and Scamp, who are both black, are, what I call, "black Siamese." They are obviously a large part Siamese, Scamp probably had a pure Siamese parent. Many of the other cats have that "oriental" look to them, regardless of their coloring. I actually like the Siamese personality quite a lot. My second "special" cat was a chocolate lynx point who was just a BIG fun cat I named The Doctor. About the only things he didn't do Siamese-ie was he wasn't real chatty and he wasn't an arielist - he was so big he kind of had a problem with the landings. He did have the "voice" he just didn't use it unless he was upset. My first cat was another black Siamese (her momma had papers, her dad was a traveling salesman) and she was also pretty quiet, but SMART!