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Analysis: Cat Stereotype

Comparison and Contrast of Human Hair Color and Feline Fur Color Stererotypes

Comparison and Contrast of Red Haired Human and Red-Furred Cat Stereotypes

Red haired men and boys are often portrayed as either nerds or bullies rather than as heroes. They are also portrayed as middle class or humble rather than rich. Conversely, redheaded girls and women as heroic characters are numerous. The popularity also comes from stereotypes and character traits associated to hair color, but in this case those characteristics are positive. Just as ginger men are often seen as average, humble people or unattractive freaks, ginger women are usually feisty, impulsive, and sexy.

Whereas red headed men and boys are most often portrayed as average Joes, nerds, or bullies, red-furred male cats are usually portrayed as heroic, humble, or irascible.

Blonde Hair in Humans, White Fur in Cats Comparison

White-furred female cats in cartoons are aesthetically akin to blonde human heroines.

Cat Gender Stereotypes

Male Cat and Female Cat Stereotypes

Male cats are often stereotyped as cuddly and affectionate and female cats are often stereotyped as aloof and cold.

Commonality or Rarity of Different Cat Coat Colors, Patterns, and Breeds

In Western Animation and Comics

  • Black Cats: Most commonly seen in Halloween, bad luck, and Friday the 13th related works, works with a magical theme to them, and as witches familiars.
  • Black and White Cats: Most commonly seen in the Silent Age Of Animation and Golden Age Of Animation if they have low grade white spotting. Black cats with white paws (more optional in cartoon cats than real ones), bellies, muzzles or facial "masks," and tail tips (more common on cartoon cats than real ones), also known as tuxedo cats, are most common in the Golden Age Of Animation. Cats with an Inkblot Cartoon Style are most commonly all black apart from the white muzzle or "mask" and sometimes paws.
  • White Cats: When shown, they are most commonly female, especially when paired with an orange male cat. Blue-eyed ones are much more common than brown, orange, yellow, or green eyed ones in cartoons.
  • Orange or Ginger Cats: When shown, they are most commonly male, especially when paired with a white female cat. Female cartoon orange cats aren't too uncommon though. The sandy yellow shade of orange is often rendered or drawn as dandelion or lemon yellow.
  • Cream or Buff Cats: Unlike cartoon orange cats, cartoon cream cats are more commonly female. Less common than orange cats.
  • Tabby Cats: Somewhat common. Brown/black tabbies and red/orange/ginger tabbies are most common. Mackerel tabbies are much more common than blotched or classic tabbies.
  • Chocolate and Cinnamon Cats: Uncommon, but they can show up in cartoons sometimes. The cinnamon (light brown) color is a little more common than the chocolate (medium or dark brown) color. The cinnamon color is sometimes rendered or drawn as fire engine red.
  • Tortie and Torbie Cats: Rare. Dilute torties and torbies are rarer still.
  • Blue or Grey Cats: Less common than black cats, black and white cats, and even grey and white cats.
  • Grey and White Cats: Less common than black and white cats, but more common than solid grey cats. Like the black and white cat in cartoons, cartoon grey and white cats most commonly have low grade white spotting (white paws, muzzle or "mask," belly, and tail tip).
  • Calico Cats: Somewhat more common than torties and torbies. Somewhat more common in CGI works than in 2D animated works. Calibies, a tabby version of calicos, and dilute calicos and calibies are very rare though.
  • Persian Cats: Usually all-white. Most commonly a Right-Hand Cat.
  • Siamese Cats: Usually seal/black point or chocolate point. Flame (red, orange, ginger) point, cream point, lynx (tabby) point, tortie point, blue or grey point, lilac or frost point, cinnamon point, and fawn point are extremely rare.
  • Mitted Cats: Common.

In Anime and Manga

  • Calico Cats: More common in anime and manga than in western animation and comics.
  • Bicolor Cats: Common. More common in anime and manga than in western animation and comics. Most often shows up in the mask-and mantle (color on the head, ears, all of the back, all of tail, and often back of neck, thighs, and shoulders) pattern.

In Live Action Film and TV

  • Black Cats: In Western live action works, they are most commonly seen in works with a magical theme to them and as witches familiars.
  • Persian Cats: Usually all-white or chinchilla/tipped silver. Most commonly a Right-Hand Cat.
  • Sphynx Cats: Usually light or very light colored. Most commonly a Right-Hand Cat.

In Literature

  • Tabby Cats: More common in literature than in western animation.
  • Orange or Ginger Cats: Female orange cats are more common in picture books than in Western animated cartoons and comics.
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