The color of your cat and her personality

Monday August 18th, 2014

Column what cat types say about humans

A cat's color can tell us something about her personality: It sounds fantastic, but as early as 1872, people tried to link certain kitty colors and patterns with different personality types. There were temperamental torties, placid tabbies, and great white mousers.

But is there any truth to these feline stereotypes? There's no hard evidence to back them up, but you can decide for yourself: Check out our kitty color chart below, and see if your cat matches up to her description.

Kitty color chart

Column what is a calico cat

Calicos are loving and lively. In old-world Japan, they were also thought to bring good luck.

Column what is a grey cat

Gray cats are the sophisticates of the feline world, but beneath that urbane exterior they just want to be loved. And secretly, they like to let loose. Show them a fishing-pole toy and watch their wild side emerge.

Column what is a red cat

Red cats, often described as ginger-colored, are sweet but sassy. They can surprise you — and often, make you laugh — with their unpredictable behavior.

Column what is a tabby cat

Tabbies are good-natured and friendly. Lovers of the good life, they're often found curled up by the fire or enjoying some laptime petting.

Column what is a tuxedo cat

With their white bellies and formal black coats, tuxedo cats stand out for their independence. They like to explore, and will roam far and wide if they're allowed outside.