History Main / CatStereotype

26th Dec '17 4:29:09 PM EdnaWalker
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Animation writers often use a cat's coat color to determine its personality.

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Animation writers often use a cat's coat color color, coat length and texture, and/or breed to determine its personality.



Long-haired cats, usually Persians and Angoras, are often portrayed as prestigious or high-class.



Sometimes, a cat's breed is used to determine its personality by making it a kind of voiced ethnic or nationality stereotype, especially if the name of the breed has a country in it. This has little to do with how the breed really acts, as anyone who has cats will attest. Breed stereotypes are rarely done with cats since breed variations aren't always as striking and well known.

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Sometimes, a cat's breed is used to determine its personality by making it a kind of voiced ethnic or nationality stereotype, especially if the name of the breed has a country in it. This often has little to do with how the breed really acts, as anyone who has cats will attest. Breed stereotypes are rarely done with cats since breed variations aren't always as striking and well known.



'''White:''' Usually all-white in fur color, can sometimes include extreme high grade white spotting cats with nonwhite patches restricted to the ears, the top of the head, and the tip of the tail at most. [[note]]The all-white fur pattern can either be a result of pink-eyed (or complete) albinism (rare), blue eyed albinism (rare), most extreme form of white spotting (rare), or the dominant white gene (most common). The dominant white gene trumps all other coat color genes.[[/note]]:

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'''White:''' Usually all-white in fur color, can sometimes include extreme high grade white spotting cats with nonwhite patches restricted to the ears, the top of the head, and the tip of the tail at most. [[note]]The all-white fur pattern can either be a result of pink-eyed (or complete) albinism (rare), (very rare), blue eyed albinism (rare), most extreme form of white spotting (rare), or the dominant white gene (most common). The dominant white gene trumps all other coat color genes.[[/note]]:




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* These are often, but not always long-haired in fiction.
* Most fictional Sphynx cats have this skin tone or a van-patterned one.



* Heroic and humble. Usually male in fiction regardless of whether there's another cat present, but especially when paired with an all-white cat. Can also be LovableRogue types. Scrappy, wisecracking, comic releif and maybe a bit spirited, [[HotBlooded fiery]], tricky, and clever. Also portrayed as irascible alley cats. Can be lazy or fat. Can be laid back, friendly, and/or affectionate, but can also have a bit of a temper. Female cats with this coat color tend to be more laid back than males with this coat color, but can alternately be flighty.

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* Heroic and humble. Usually male in fiction regardless of whether there's another cat present, but especially when paired with an all-white cat. Can also be LovableRogue types. Scrappy, wisecracking, comic releif and maybe a bit spirited, [[HotBlooded fiery]], tricky, and clever. Also portrayed as irascible alley cats. Can be lazy or fat. Can be laid back, friendly, and/or affectionate, but can also alternately have a bit of a temper. Female cats with this coat color tend to be more laid back than males with this coat color, but can alternately be flighty.




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* If the orange/ginger cat has a van pattern, it is a likely to be female as male in fiction.

'''Cream or Buff:''' Can occur with or without white-spotting, the white spots can be stark white, off-white, flesh-colored, light yellow, or any combination of two or more of those; the pattern of the white spots can range from locket, tuxedo, mitted, bicolor, harlequin, and van. [[note]]The cream coat color is the dilute version of the orange/ginger one.[[/note]]
* A female cat in female cat male cat romantic pairing that is not an all-white furred cat is most often this color or lilac. Like orange fur, cream fur is somewhat more likely to be male than female, but cream is done on female cats more because it looks more female.



* A female cat in female cat male cat romantic pairing that is not an all-white furred cat is most often this color.

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* A female cat in female cat male cat romantic pairing that is not an all-white furred cat is most often this color.
color or cream.



'''Shaded and Chinchilla:''' There are two variants of this coat color, Silver shaded and chinchilla and golden shaded and chinchilla. [[note]]The silver variant has a white undercoat with grey-tipped fur and the golden variant has a gold or apricot undercoat with dark brown or black tipped fur. The Chinchilla variant is also called tipped.[[/note]] This pattern is most common in Persians.
* Often upper-class and rich. Usually Persian and have most or all the stereotypes associated with them. Almost always have sea green eyes. Often portrayed in the same or similar manner as white cats since silver chinchilla ones ones look superficially white all over.

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'''Shaded and Chinchilla:''' There are two variants of this coat color, Silver shaded and chinchilla and golden shaded and chinchilla. [[note]]The silver variant (with the Inhibitor gene and the Wide Band gene) has a white undercoat with grey-tipped fur and the golden variant (with the Wide Band gene only) has a gold or apricot undercoat with dark brown or black tipped fur. The Chinchilla variant is also called tipped.[[/note]] This pattern is most common in Persians.
* Often upper-class and rich. Usually Persian and have most or all the stereotypes associated with them. Usually long haired as well. Almost always have sea green eyes. Often portrayed in the same or similar manner as white cats since silver chinchilla ones ones look superficially white all over.



* [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute Not as cute as fluffy kitties]], [[CatsAreMean so they're not as nice]]. If the RightHandCat isn't a Persian, it's this. When CatsAreMean is invoked, Sphynx cats are often used, because the general public (or at least some small children) don't find hairless cats attractive, and therefore will [[BeautyEqualsGoodness not sympathize with them.]][[note]]In real life, Sphynx cats tend to be extremely sociable and affectionate, at least partly due to the fact that their hairlessness makes them more vulnerable to both cold weather and harsh sunlight, and therefore more dependent on humans.[[/note]] More positive portrayals will portray the Sphynx as UglyCute, energetic, and/or a CloudCuckooLander. Usually female. Often portrayed as not being born hairless, but losing their fur through accidents.

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* [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute Not as cute as fluffy kitties]], [[CatsAreMean so they're not as nice]]. If the RightHandCat isn't a Persian, it's this. When CatsAreMean is invoked, Sphynx cats are often used, because the general public (or at least some small children) don't find hairless cats attractive, and therefore will [[BeautyEqualsGoodness not sympathize with them.]][[note]]In real life, Sphynx cats tend to be extremely sociable and affectionate, at least partly due to the fact that their hairlessness makes them more vulnerable to both cold weather and harsh sunlight, and therefore more dependent on humans.[[/note]] More positive portrayals will portray the Sphynx as UglyCute, energetic, and/or a CloudCuckooLander. Fictional Sphynx usually have white or van-patterned skin tones. Usually female. Often portrayed as not being born hairless, but losing their fur through accidents.



* Tough survivors and skilled hunters, but {{gentle| giant}} in personality. Usually male.

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* Tough Large, longhaired cats who are tough survivors and skilled hunters, but {{gentle| giant}} in personality. Usually male.
12th Oct '17 4:10:07 AM jormis29
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** The JimmyDurante cat he's partly based on, in the Looney Tunes short "A Gruesome Twosome", is an aversion of this stereotype.

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** The JimmyDurante Creator/JimmyDurante cat he's partly based on, in the Looney Tunes short "A Gruesome Twosome", "WesternAnimation/AGruesomeTwosome", is an aversion of this stereotype.
10th Sep '17 2:42:27 PM DaibhidC
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* The ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One With The Ball" had Rachel get a sphinx cat called [[FormallyNamedPet Mrs Whiskerton]], which she becomes convinced actively hates her. However, it's mentioned that the reason Rachel bought Mrs Whiskerton is because her grandmother owned a very affectionate sphinx that Rachel had loved.
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8th Sep '17 4:09:31 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'': Most of the cats don't fit any colour stereotypes, but there are three cats who do.

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* ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'': Most of the cats don't fit any colour stereotypes, but stereotypes but, in the video version, there are three cats who do.
8th Sep '17 4:05:38 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'': Most of the cats don't fit any colour stereotypes, but there are three cats who do.
** Victoria is the only all-white cat. Her role is performed mainly through dance, where she's implied to be a symbol of grace and innocence, and is extremely sensitive to the moods around her. Her coming-of-age moment sends all the cats into a frenzy. In the filmed stage production, her dance and reaction scenes are often paired with the black Mistoffelees for colour contrast.
** Skimbleshanks is a ginger tom. He's an engaging, cheeky cat who has a reputation for being the hero of the railways; the cats believe the trains only run smoothly because Skimbleshanks is there to keep the humans in line and on the job by either fixing all the problems that crop up or alerting the humans to issues so that they can fix the problems in time. His one flaw is described as being his temper, which gets triggered by disorder; he can be quite draconian about ensuring everything and everyone is kept in order so that the trains can run smoothly.
** Mistoffelees is the only all-black cat, described as being black from his ears to the tip of his tail. [[note]]The realities of stage production, where lighting tends to wash out all-black costumes means that the Mistoffelees cat is usually portrayed as a tuxedo cat to bring the costume to life; the cat himself, however, is described as being all-black[[/note]] He is the most mystical cat, capable of manipulating light, telekinesis and producing electricity from his paws. He is implied to have some hypnosis, illusion and voice-throwing abilities, he does possess a psychic sixth sense, and is revealed to be capable of teleporting others or himself. In the Invitation to the Jellicle Ball, his dance is paired with the all-white Victoria for colour contrast.
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18th Aug '17 1:42:51 AM DeepRed
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* In RealLife, they're associated with witches and bad luck. [[note]]Black cats are bad luck in the US and Catholic Europe, but they're good luck in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Asia.[[/note]] This carries over into fiction, where black cats are often evil, villainous, or unlucky. Also often magical or mysterious. Antisocial, less extreme personality. Alternately, they are stubborn and friendly at the same time, good natured, placid, companionable, and sociable, are said to be good hunters, and have a tendency to roam.

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* In RealLife, they're associated with witches [[AllWitchesHaveCats witches]] and bad luck. [[note]]Black cats are bad luck in the US and Catholic Europe, but they're good luck in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Asia.[[/note]] This carries over into fiction, where black cats are often evil, villainous, or unlucky. Also often magical or mysterious. Antisocial, less extreme personality. Alternately, they are stubborn and friendly at the same time, good natured, placid, companionable, and sociable, are said to be good hunters, and have a tendency to roam.
16th Aug '17 11:54:45 PM EdnaWalker
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* Persians are occasionally depicted with Iranian NationalAnimalStereotypes.
16th Aug '17 11:53:09 PM EdnaWalker
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* Calicoes may play a Japanese NationalAnimalStereotype, especially if the calico in question is also a Japanese bobtail.

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* Calicoes may play a Japanese NationalAnimalStereotype, NationalAnimalStereotypes, especially if the calico in question is also a Japanese bobtail.




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* Siamese are sometimes portrayed with Southeast Asian or Chinese NationalAnimalStereotypes.




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* Russian Blues are sometimes portrayed with Russian NationalAnimalStereotypes.
16th Aug '17 11:49:55 PM EdnaWalker
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* Calicoes may play a Japanese NationalAnimalStereotype, especially if the calico in question is also a Japanese bobtail.
8th Aug '17 9:40:39 PM PaulA
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* The short series of ''Cat22'' cartoons played with this and dog stereotypes. 22 himself is a bad luck magnet and a black shorthaired cat; he's a secret agent, so mysterious is kind of a given, but he's polite to a fault and very loyal. One of his fellow agents is a Siamese that is a bit of klutz and TheGirlNextDoor. A rogue in the cat versus dog war is a hairless cat who just wants peace, and he's very kind and a FriendToAllLivingThings.

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* The short series of ''Cat22'' ''WesternAnimation/Cat22'' cartoons played with this and dog stereotypes. 22 himself is a bad luck magnet and a black shorthaired cat; he's a secret agent, so mysterious is kind of a given, but he's polite to a fault and very loyal. One of his fellow agents is a Siamese that is a bit of klutz and TheGirlNextDoor.the GirlNextDoor. A rogue in the cat versus dog war is a hairless cat who just wants peace, and he's very kind and a FriendToAllLivingThings.
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