Monday, October 11, 2010

The Friendly Gene

Years back when I was more involved with cat rescue, I remember often picking up a cat and trying to analyze the personality in the time that we had to do so. One little waif was purring and wanted to snuggle the minute I picked him up. I held him close and said to the other 'rescuer' next to me, "Looks like this little guy got the 'friendly' gene. She just looked at me like I had three heads. "The friendly gene, you know, from the dad." Did you know that kittens can have the gene from the tom that gives it the 'boldness' it needs to survive this world? Paternity plays a major genetic role in a cat's boldness, which also includes their friendliness.
Studies performed in 1995 in England show that a father cat that investigated new objects and people without hesitation produced kittens that did the same. So, I always looked for cats that had the 'friendly' gene so I could tell the prospective new owner that the little fella got that from its' dad. It always raised some eyebrows. :) The not-so-friendly cats would be adopted to more experienced cat-lovers so that they would have the patience to work with these scared ones.

Cat-tip-for-the-day - picking a kitten

If you are picking a kitten from a litter to 'call your own' you are best to leave the kitten with the mother for 12 weeks. These kittens have been studied and it is shown that they are more likely to be friendly with other cats in the future.

hugs, Deb


  1. Darling kitties, I hope they find loving homes asap...Riley is just beautiful=love her gorgeous big blue eyes and sweet smile!...Precious photo of her and John too; I know you are so proud of your lovely family, Deb!

  2. Hmmm... I don't think Banjo got the 'friendly' gene. :)

    And your little Riley is simply adorable with her daddy ~ so cute!

    xo Catherine

  3. That picture of Riley and her Dad is so very terrific. It is so great to see two such happy people.
    I enjoyed your thoughts on the Daddy kitty being the parent that produces the friendly gene.
    Take care and have a great day.

  4. I so believe that friendly gene! What a great cat tip. Oh that Riley is sure a cutie and I know she was the star of your Thanksgiving this year!

  5. Hi Deb,
    I just love reading your blog. The pictures of the kitties melts my heart and I sure hope they go to a loving home.

    Our Gizzie and her sibs were found on the side of the road by passersbyes. The good samaritan took them to the shelter where we adopted Gizzie. She was nursed by a foster family. She is a little over one year old now and is scared of outsiders. She is very sweet but very demanding for attention. We love her with all her imperfections.