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Explaining Venus Two-faced Cat Genetics — 13 Comments

  1. Here is another cat in Raub, Pahang, Malaysia. This photo is on Flickr. It has received 38 views – very few yet the face is very similar to Venus’s. Photographer is by Nuraishah Bazilah binti Affandi.

    Two-faced cat

    • I have a new kitten who has markings exactly like Venus does. My kitten was born on May 09, 2013. I call her 50/50. Her eyes are both turning green now.

      Venus you are so cool!

      • Your cat is cool too. This sort of marking is rare. The blaze is not that rare but down the middle like Venus is pure chance in my opinion are very rare. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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  3. Thank you, Michael for explaining Venus cat genetics. We saw too many posts where they call this cat as a real ”chimera”, but clearly Venus is not one. Venus could be an example, showing that random bred cats can be surprisingly beautiful and unique.

    • Thanks for reminding us that random bred cats are often as beautiful as purebred cats. Here is a raggedy rescue cat with blaze down the center. OK the effect is no where near as brilliant but you can see that it happens all the time.

      Picture by LollypopFarm

  4. She is stunning, especially that her eyes are different. She really is ‘two-faced’ in the nicest of ways. Just out of interest, on the continent, in Europe, I have noticed that the common term for a Calico cat is -Tricolore -Tricouleur -Tricolora …deriving of course from latin and meaning 3 coloured. Oddly however, the German and Swiss Germans also use the same term which sounds much more French?Spanish?Italian (as opposed to something along the lines of ‘drei+farbe’ for 3+colour) . Furthermore, they use the exact same term in Slovenian/Croatian/Serbian so I can only assume most other Slavic languages too. Probably there is a direct translation for Calico in these languages but it’s never used in speech that I have noticed. In all these countries they also call Tabbys as Tigre/Tiger/Tigerli etc. Again totally un-technical, just the common names people use to refer to Calicos and Tabbys.

    Venus is lovely. She has a lovely name which I believe really suits her. No idea why, just gut feeling. I totally understand that the lady made arrangements to get this cat from quite far away, via airplane.

    • The Japanese Bobtail is a calico sometimes and the calico Japanese Bobtail is called the mi-ke, meaning “three-fur” (meaning three colors of fur: white, black and orange).

      The tortie and white cat is very popular and quite a special cat. It is almost always a random bred cat. It is a way for the random bred cat to outshine the more glamorous purebred cat. And of course they are almost always female due to the sex linked genetics.

  5. Venus is beautiful, but then to me, all cats are beautiful.
    One of the things I love about cats is the fact that they have no interest in what colour they are or how they look, their ‘what you see is what you get’ attitude is wonderful.
    Just think how much nicer this world would be if humans weren’t so obsessed with their looks.

    • Gosh yes, a thousand times yes. If we didn’t have this obsession with a person’s or a cat’s appearance things would be a lot better. We need to be more like a cat. I have always said we can learn from the cat. Unfortunately, in general, people are too arrogant and they don’t even know it.

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