Orange Tabby Cat Facts

Orange tabby cat

Also known as a red tabby, an orange tabby is a common coat colour that consists of a  base colour that ranges from a light cream or yellow-orange to a deep, rich red or ginger, which is a backdrop for the darker stripes, spots, or swirls. Orange tabby is a common coat colour and not … Read more

9 Types of Calico Cats (With Photos)

Calico cat

Dense calico     Dilute calico     Van calico     Harlequin calico     Shorthaired calico     Longhaired calico     Curly coated calico     Male calico What is a calico cat? Calico refers to a colour pattern that is common in random-bred and purebred cat populations. The term ‘calico’ refers to a tri-colour coat that consists of white, black and orange,  white, chocolate and … Read more

Why Are Sphynx Cats Bald?

Why are Sphynx cats bald?

What is a Sphynx cat?

The Sphynx cat is described as hairless, although that is not entirely true as it actually has short, downy hair that feels like chamois. The breed originated in Toronto, Canada in 1966 when a black and white tuxedo called Elizabeth gave birth to a hairless male kitten named Prune. Prune was mated back to Elizabeth, and this mating produced more bald kittens.

Hairless cats had occurred prior to that but quickly vanished. Several other hairless breeds are recognised in the cat fancy today including the Peterbald, Don Sphynx, Bambino, Elf, Ukrainian Levkoy and Dwelf. Most of these breeds are man-made Sphynx crosses, such as the Bambino, which is a cross between a Munchkin and Sphynx. The Don Sphynx occurred due to a spontaneous mutation which is different to the Sphynx mutation.

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Can Kittens Be Identical Twins?

Can kittens be identical twins

Can two cats be identical twins?

Identical or monozygotic twins are possible in kittens, but rare. Almost all kittens in a litter are not identical, even if they have the same physical appearance.

What are identical twins?

Identical (monozygotic) twins occur when a fertilised egg splits in two during early development resulting in two kittens who share the same DNA. This differs from non-identical (dizygotic twins) who have their own unique DNA. The worldwide incidence of identical twin births in humans is 3 – 4 per 1,000 births. We don’t tend to refer to kittens as twins, triplets, etc, in animals who give birth to multiple offspring, instead, they’re known as littermates.

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14 Facts About Seal Point Siamese Cats + Picture Gallery

Pointed cat breeds

1. What does a seal point Siamese look like? A seal point Siamese is a Siamese cat whose coat color is seal point (“Seal point” is the color). This unique coat consists of an ivory or cream background with dark brown/black points on the face (known as a mask), ears, paws and tail. The seal … Read more

Solid (Self) Coloured Coat Colours in Cats

Solid (self) coloured cats

Solid coloured cats are referred to as self or non-agouti, and as the name suggests, they display a uniform coat colour with no ticking or tabby markings. Solid cats occur in three basic self-colours, which are black (B-), chocolate (bb) and cinnamon (bl). All other self colours are variations of these three base colours caused … Read more

Klinefelter Syndrome in Cats

What is Klinefelter syndrome in cats?

What is Klinefelter syndrome?

Also known as XXY syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome (KS) is a sex chromosome condition that occurs when a male kitten is born with an extra X chromosome. Klinefelter syndrome is a type of trisomy, which is a chromosomal condition characterised by an additional chromosome. Down syndrome is the most well-known trisomy in humans that is caused by a third copy of chromosome 21.

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What is a Tortoiseshell Cat?

What is a tortoiseshell cat?

What is a tortoiseshell cat?

A tortoiseshell cat is a cat with a coat colour made up of mottled patches of black, chocolate or grey along with red or cream. This unusual coat pattern is sex-linked and is almost exclusively found in female cats.

The most common colour combination is black and red, which consists of almost equal amounts of black to red. In some cats, there will be more red than black, which is known as a reverse tortie.

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What Is A Black Tabby Cat?

A black tabby is a type of coat color and pattern combination that consists of melanistic black stripes, sworls or spots on a lighter banded (ticked) ground color. The face of the black tabby cats consists of an M on the forehead as well as thin pencil lines on the cheeks.

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What is a Dilute Tortie Cat?

What is a dilute tortie cat?

What is a dilute tortie cat?

A dilute tortoiseshell cat, commonly referred to as a dilute tortie, features a distinct coat colouration marked by grey and cream hues. This muted colour palette arises from a recessive dilution gene, which softens the traditional tortoiseshell’s bold black and red (or orange) tones.

The predominance of tortoiseshell cats among females stems from the location of the orange gene on the X chromosome. Male cats, with their XY chromosomal structure, have only one X chromosome and thus can either be orange or non-orange in colour. In contrast, female cats possess two X chromosomes (XX), enabling them to inherit both orange and black colour genes. Consequently, they manifest as tortoiseshells. When the dilution gene is present, the black and red pigments transform into softer grey and cream shades, resulting in the dilute tortoiseshell appearance.

This captivating blend of muted colours, influenced by distinct genetic factors, adds a nuanced dimension to the already complex world of feline genetics and coat variations.

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