Cats With White Moustaches

Cats with white moustaches (“mustaches” in American English) are not that rare. These cats do stand out. They have white fur along their whisker pads and then up and around like a fancy, old-fashioned moustache.

The white fur is caused by the [weaver_popup_link href=’’ h=’600′ w=’800′]Piebald gene[/weaver_popup_link], also known as the white spotting gene. This gene is present in solid color and white cats and any cat that has areas of white fur. White fur lacks pigment in the individual hair strands. A well known cat breed that has the piebald gene is the Snowshoe. There are others.

I am sure it is pure chance that the gene affects parts of the cat’s face that results in giving an impression of a moustache.

Moustache cat
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Moustache Cat. Photo by â…¯eagan. Photo of man with moustache by State Library of Victoria Collections.

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This is a handsome black and white cat and the piebald gene just happens to have affected the face as it has.

Apparently he is male and he lives with a friend of the photographer.


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Michael Broad

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3 Responses

  1. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    What a lovely photo, that cat has a wonderful moustache lol
    He looks a bit like our Walter except Walt has more white on his face.

  2. Marc says:

    I don’t know if I should mention “cats that look like Hitler” – there’s a whole site dedicated to them – perhaps you already know. I have seen many cats like the one above but inverted – i.e.: with black moustaches. Unusual to see the other way around.

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