Monthly Archives: May 2011

Cats With White

I glossed over the White Spotting gene in my previous overviews — partly because it needs a little graphic support.  This is because unlike most other cat color genes, the visual effect of white spotting are very dependent on secondary ‘regulator’ genes. … Continue reading

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Cool Hand Jules

Julius is in his element now that things are warming up. He likes to be able to take a turn on the wall out back, hunt down the odd rabbit or lizard, and check in periodically to see what everyone … Continue reading

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Analyzing Calpurnia

At this point, I’ve introduced the genes that define the coat colors. I’ve made a table below showing the genes for Calpurnia. There’s not that much guesswork involved. Some genes you can’t tell because only one dominant is needed to … Continue reading

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Saturday Adventures

After coming back from getting my hair cut, I let everyone out to roam around.   Gus was upstairs and didn’t come down, but Calla especially enjoyed exploring.  These days she’s a lot less interested in the pool area than she … Continue reading

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Status – Normal

Things are pretty much normal after the big dental visit yesterday.  Gus is showing no sign of pain and is eating normally. He’s also leaving the bandage covering his painkiller pack alone. I’ve started working up the genetics posts into … Continue reading

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extra hair, fewer teeth

The vet visit is over, and Gus had four teeth out and no haircut. He looks a lot like he did last year, with the painkiller in a pink wrap on his foot. He’s happy to be back, to be … Continue reading

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Unhappy Campers

To prepare for Gus’ tooth extraction, I had to pick up the dry food last night. And I’m up and haven’t fed anyone yet. Everyone is pretty disturbed by this change in routine and are annoyed or worried according to … Continue reading

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Smoking Section

The last couple of new hair color genes modify the pattern of pigment on the cat. The first is the Inhibitor gene.  The dominant I gene masks the background pigment on agouti hairs, making it white. This leads to a ‘silver’ tabby, … Continue reading

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Gus – soon with less Fangs and Fur

Just a short post tonight. Last week the vet decided that Gus needed a few more teeth taken out, so I scheduled that for later this week. He’s getting a haircut as well, so he will be in his lion … Continue reading

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Agouti, or not Agouti

In the last post, I wrote about the agouti fur pattern that marks the background pattern between the stripes on a tabby. The image to the right shows a single agouti hair, with the bands of black pigment alternating with the orangeish rufousing pigment. … Continue reading

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