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  2. Hi Michael,

    Cool Tabby article. The bit that I found most interesting was where you said that each individual hair fiber or strand has bands of different colored pigment.

    Marc – I figured you might weigh in a bit. I know you’re a bit of a Tabby fan. I am too. I’ve rescued, fostered, and raised more cats with Tabby coats than any other.

    Lots of Tabbys have what I would call eye liner markings that look like well-placed makeup around their eyes. I think it looks really cute.

    Though Tabby isn’t a breed – and I doubt that most people know that unless they’ve read an article like this – they all seem to be extra chirpy. I love their chirps. I wonder if the coat genes have anything to do with that.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

    • Nice point, Liz, about how genes may be linked to personality and coat type. They (the public!) say that calico cats and red tabby cats have certain characters. Red headed people are said to have fiery characters. There may be a link between the tabby cat coat and personality but no one, as far as I am aware, has discussed this in a precise and scientific way.

  3. I never knew there was a differentiation between Red and Orange – or is that just 2 different ways people like to call the same thing? Red looked like both in the picture above.

    • Hi Marc. Yes, it is the same. I have used the terminology rather carelessly (I have added a line to the picture’s caption to explain this). Some people also call red cats “yellow” a sort of dilute red it seems to me. It may be fair to say that there might be a slight difference from red to orange in terms of dilution. I think we have a good understanding of the tabby genes but as a whole understanding cat genes are work in progress. I hope that is a fair comment.

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