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Squirt, a cat with an impossible mix of colours — 6 Comments

  1. Today is 29/11/2020.
    My dad went out to buy some stuff and found a stray cat with the same characteristics (i.e. black body hairs and gray tail).
    First we thought that she was in dust and so we showered her but its actually gray.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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