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Did you think only humans inherited personality traits from their parents? Recent research has found that cats inherit behavioral traits from their breeds. The level of activity they indulge in, their aggressiveness, sociability, how shy they are – are all determined by the breed they belong to.
cats are possibly the second-most popular animal to be domesticated, not much
research has been conducted into cat behavioral traits and its origin, until
now. Researchers at the University of Helsinki found that the most difference,
when it came to behavioral differences between cat breeds came with regards to
activity level displayed. The least difference was observed in the
stereotypical behavior that they adopted.
focal investigator of this research group, Professor Hannes Lohi attributed
this, to the fact that activity is more of a permanent trait than is
stereotypical behavior, which isn’t quite as static. Stereotypical behavior
depends on the cat’s environment and may incorporate changes over time.
vastly different cat breeds were chosen for studying the hereditary of behavior
and mannerisms in cats, with relation to their breeds. The three breeds, so
chosen, were – the Maine Coon, descending from Nordic and landrace cat breeds,
the Turkish Van, with no links to any other cat breed and the Ragdoll, a
distant cousin of American and Western European cat breeds.
About half of all cat traits are inherited
study found that of all the behavior traits examined, nearly half were passed
down by breed. If the same cat breed did show distinct differences in behavior,
it is possibly because they were subject to a behavioral trait selection and
elimination process at the time of breeding.
behavior of cats belonging to the same region may be similar despite breed
differences, because of their shared history.
What piques the interest of the researchers now is how these behavioral traits came to be originated in the breeds.
study conducted had asked for feedback on responses for 6,000 cats. It is the
second-largest inventory of information collected on feline behavior in
same researchers have gone on to expand their sample size and now hope to
collect information on 20,000 cats. We wish them all the best in their
endeavor. After all, why should dogs have all the fun? Us, cat parents, need to
know what goes on in our mysterious brains too.
The research performed by the University of Helsinki has thrown up numerous interesting nuggets of information. We now know that Bengal cats are among the most active and British short-hairs, just as lethargic. A Burmese cat will be amiable and friendly to a stranger, but a Russian blue will most likely shy away. Useful info? We'd certainly say so!