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Does the lucky cat have a special character?


Is there a connection between the character of a cat and its coat color? Many people who have a lucky cat, i.e. a tricolor cat, at home believe that the brightly patterned fur noses have their own personality that distinguishes them from single-colored cats. This little lucky cat thinks: "Every cat is special!" - Shutterstock / Joy Brown

A lucky cat is almost always female because the genes that make the coat color red or black are related to the X chromosome. This means that only cats that have two X chromosomes can become a tri-colored cat - provided that a white speck is added. Multi-colored hangovers are very rare, they are born with two X and one Y chromosome and are sterile. Lucky cats are definitely something special, but do they all have a certain character?

Does the lucky cat have the so-called "tortitude"?

In the English-speaking world there is even a separate term for the character of the lucky cat or the tortoiseshell cat: "Tortitude". Tortoiseshell cats are velvet paws that have red and black fur, but little or no white fur. They are therefore not always three-colored, but sometimes only two-colored. In English, the tortoiseshell pattern is called "Tortoiseshell", abbreviated to "Tortie". "Tortitude" is a compound word made up of "tortie" and "attitude", which can be translated as "attitude" or "attitude". This describes a specific posture of multi-colored cats. It is assumed that certain characteristics are innate and are related to the coat color.

An online survey of 1,400 cat owners seems to confirm that the lucky cat has a special character. The behavior of the cats was asked, among other things, how aggressive the animals are towards their people or the veterinarian. It turned out that aggressive behavior was reported more often in multicolored cats - regardless of whether they were tricolor or tortoiseshell. However, the heads of the online survey limited that the difference was minimal. In addition, many cat owners of gray and white velvet paws rated that their favorites tended to be aggressive.

Are tricolor fur noses really lucky cats?

Tricolor cats are often referred to as lucky cats. But where does this sweet come from ...

Tricolor cat: Alleged character

The scientific evidence for the unique character of the lucky cat is therefore very thin. Nonetheless, many furry nose friends who own a three-colored cat or a tortoiseshell kitty report certain personality traits that they have not observed in single-color cats, single-color tabbies or single-color cats with white spots. Multi-colored cats are considered to be particularly headstrong, resolute and somewhat diva-like. They are said to be hot-tempered and a little possessive of their favorite people. They are also remarkably independent, unpredictable, but talkative.

Some also believe that the "tortitude" of tortoiseshell cats is even more pronounced than that of lucky cats, since the white spotting softens the personality traits inherited by the colors red and black. So far, however, these are only guesswork. And: isn't every cat unique in its own way?