Male Calico and Tortie Cats: How Does This Happen?

Male calico and tortie cat

How are some male cats calico or tortie?

Calico and tortie cats are almost always female, which we have covered in our article on calico cats. To recap, cats have 19 chromosome pairs, 18 autosomes and the sex chromosome pair of XX or XY. The chromosomes are located within the nucleus of every cell. Each chromosome is made up of matching pairs, which provides information from the mother and the father. Genes are located on the chromosomes and are tiny segments of DNA which act as a code that specifies the production of a protein, which do most of the work within the cells and are essential for the function and regulation of the body’s organs and tissues.

Chromosome and DNA

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Cat Themed Health and Awareness Days – January to December 2020

Cat health and awareness days 2020

January 2020 2nd January – Happy Mew Years Day 2nd January – National Pet Safety Travel Day (US) 14th January – National Dress Up Your Cat Day (US) 22nd January – Answer Your Cat’s Question Day 24th January – Change a Pet’s Life Day Glaucoma Awareness Month Thyroid Awareness Month (US) February 2020 4th February – … Read more Cat Themed Health and Awareness Days – January to December 2020

What To Do If You Find A Litter Of Kittens

What should you do if you find an abandoned kitten?

 

At a glance

  • Wait and watch for several hours to see if the mother cat returns
  • Cared for kittens should appear clear, content and well-fed
  • Abandoned or orphaned kittens may look dirty, hungry, sickly and cry
  • Don’t take abandoned or orphaned kittens to a shelter unless you know they can care for neonates (under four weeks)
  • Kittens who have been abandoned or orphaned will need to be bottle-fed for the first five weeks when they start to wean

 

Spring is here which is the start of kitten season, which sees an increase in kitten births for stray, feral as well as unspayed pet cats.

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Why Do Mother Cats Move Their Kittens?

Why do mother cats move their kittens?

Kittens are altricial, which means they are extremely immature and helpless for the first few weeks of life, unlike a horse who is precocial, which means they are born in an advanced state and can walk soon after birth. Altrical species are completely reliant on their mother and unable to protect themselves from danger. This vulnerability means a safe nest is essential for the safety of the kittens.

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Why Are Cats Associated With Witches

Why are cats associated with halloween?

Domestication of cats

Witches and cats have had a long-held association and most of us can’t picture a witch without a black cat by her side. But why are cats associated with witches?

Domestication of cats occurred 8,000 years ago when people settled in the Fertile Crescent, the arch-shaped region that includes the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and land around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Along with the grains which the farmers grew came rodents. A symbiotic relationship was formed between cat and man; cats protected precious grain stores by keeping rodent populations down. In return, cats gained protection from larger predators such as wolves.

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