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Are tortoiseshell cats less intelligent?

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Answered 2011-09-12 15:22:08

Not particularly. This would be like asking is a blonde headed kid is not as smart a brunette. It's the individual animal just like the indivual person. Color has no effect as much as the rearing environment to learn in.

Cat ChatNo Tortoiseshell cats are no less intelligent than any other, but all animals have a specific thing that they tend to excel at. AnswerDefinitely not.
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