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Squirt, a cat with an impossible mix of colours — 5 Comments

  1. Beautiful cat! I had a friend in Texas who had a dog who was very unique. She was basically white with some black tips/markings. Perfectly normal. But the texture of her coat was bizarre. The front half of her body was a simple short hair. But at her midpoint – or waistline – the coat was very shaggy and long. The change was abrupt, not transitional at all. It was as if 2 different dogs had been stuck together in the middle.

  2. Is there some reason a unique cat like this is precluded from breeding, especially if the uniqueness isn’t a health risk to offspring? If I were a breeder or knowledgeable or even just curious I’d look into reproducing something of interest. If it’s interesting enough to report, it might be worthy of that.

    • Hi Albert

      According to my Vet – the chances were very good that he would have been sterile.
      He was a feral cat that was part of the cats at the school where I rescued him.

      I didn’t even know this was something special…
      I jokingly told people he looks like his printers ink was finished when it got to his tail.

      It was only when Joe our vet saw him, when I took him to be neutered, that he made me aware of this and also gave my Sarah Hartwell’s website to go have a look

      • Because these colours are not carried on the X chromosome, he would probably have been fertile, but would have passed on either black or blue (grey). Enough is known about chimerism that there is no need to allow a cat to breed just to find out which embryo formed his testes 🙂 Ronel did the responsible thing.

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