When it comes to choosing a new cat to love and cherish, pet fans tend to plump for felines of the ginger variety, according to a study released this week.
Researchers at the University of California in Berkeley conducted the analysis, which set out to examine public perceptions surround specific types and colours of cat.
Dubbed as "feline typecasting" this practice is proving increasingly common and can lead to problems for some animal shelters which are finding that some cats are less popular than others.
A total of 189 cat owners from the US region were asked to rate the personalities of different coloured cats using a scale of one to seven.
According to the results, which were published in the journal Anthrozoos, ginger cats were deemed most popular, with owners viewing them as friendly and approachable.
This compares favourably with black cats, which are viewed as unlucky and mysterious, while white felines are seen as aloof and tabby cats intolerant.
Mikel Delgado, a psychology student who led the study, said: "We hope this will be a starting point for more research into whether there is a genetic or physical
basis - such as coat colour - for personality differences in cats."
One way to effectively manage the "mood" of your beloved pet is to ensure they are treated to high-quality cat food, which can boost well-being among these cherished pets.