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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Is she real?

Is she real, or has some clever photographer been playing games with a heterochromic cat? Could it be dye?

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Heterochromia. Chromia is colour, and I suspect hetero is different. Put the two together and it sounds very scientific.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 04:38 PM
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Hmmm, it's hard to tell. I have seen animals with the face color divided like that. The eyes really top it all off, don't they?
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I'd say it's possible, sure. Of course it's so rare that it's naturally got a lot of attention, though. I know a few cats with different colored eyes - they're white cats, though, which seems to be the most common odd-eyed cat coat color.

I searched online and the first page I found was a video of her, which adds a great deal of credibility.

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I believe it...

I believe she's real. I've seen multiple pictures of her in different poses, and two videos... the owner also posted pictures of cats with similar patterning on the facebook page she made for the cat. If there can be one, there can be more. The cat also passed the "Snopes" test, if that means anything to you...
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Aint that awesom! It is within the realm of possibility, but the one thing I find more curious is the blue eye on the orange side? I will need to read up on my kitty genetics.

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She's a chimera cat. Chimera cat is one individual organism, but genetically its own fraternal twin. A chimera is typically formed from four parent cells (either two fertilized eggs, or two early embryos that have fused together). When the organism forms, the cells that had already begun to develop in the separate embryos keep their original phenotypes and appearances. This means that the resulting animal is a mixture of tissues and can look like this gorgeous (but bizarre) kitty.
She also has complete heterochromia, a condition when the eyes are different colours.
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Aint that awesom! It is within the realm of possibility, but the one thing I find more curious is the blue eye on the orange side? I will need to read up on my kitty genetics.
There are orange cats with blue eyes... don't ask me how, but they are out there. I even saw one recently at my local shelter's adoption page.

Maybe they have Siamese in them, maybe not. It could also have something to do with the Ojos Azules cats, which I know nothing about besides that they exist. I've also read that the Ojos gene is similar to the Scottish Fold one in that two cats with the same gene should not be breed.


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I doubt she is a chimera. Her body coloring indicates Tortoiseshell which are Mosaic to begin with (mosaics combination of different color genotypes but in the same embryo, chimeras are combination of different color genotypes from 2 embryos combined), here's a good explanation with the link:


Mos*aics are more common than chimeras; in fact all female mammals (including humans) are mosaics. This is because females possess two X chromosomes, and one of these is always inactivated – in about half the cells it will be the X-chromosome from the mother, in the other half the chromosome from the father. The individual is therefore a mosaic of these two types. This leaves no trace in humans, but can be readily seen in tortoiseshell and calico cats where the coat colour (orange or black) is carried on the X-chromo*some. Their fur is an uneven, seemingly random patchwork of orange, white and black showing the distribution of the two types of cells.

Chimeras and Mosaics | Science | Strange Days | Fortean Times

I have seen cats before with the divide down their face in Torties and Tortie-Points before. The black and red (orange) patched together is the sign of the mixed color combinations.
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Thank you for pointing that out! I paid more attention to her face than anything else.

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