6,000 cat study shows breed plays a role in behavior

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  • In a first-of-its-kind study of over 5,700 cats, researchers in Finland have demonstrated that behavioral traits in cat breeds can be inherited
  • Of the five behavioral areas analyzed, activity levels between breeds showed the greatest variability
  • Another explanation for behavioral differences is selective breeding
  • Several cat breeds had a high probability for wool sucking (a compulsive behavior), and two breeds in particular are prone to excessive grooming

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