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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-06-2009, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Introducing...WILLOW!

Hello, I said I would post some pictures of my kitty, Willow. So...hoping I posted these right, here is Willow!

By the way, can anyone tell me what breed she might be?



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Re: Introducing...WILLOW!

She's gorgeous, and her little pink nose calls for lots of kisses.


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DSH, Domestic Short Hair? or DMH, Domestic Medium Hair?
Willow is a diluted blue/cream tortoiseshell.

Tortoiseshell cats have a sort of "brindled" appearance, with their black and orange (blue & cream) colored hairs intermixed in a loose and jumbled pattern. Your cat is a black/orange calico cat with the tortoiseshell pattern (no agouti). The dilute gene turns the black/orange to blue/cream. A cute shortening of the name tortoiseshell is "Tortie".


A "Torbie" is a tortoiseshell that has agouti. Agouti is the gene that causes the striped tabby patterns to appear on black/blue cats; classic, mackerel (striped & spotted) and abyssinian. Tortoiseshell + Tabby = Torbie. All orange cats (and all calico cats with orange) express a tabby pattern, even if they do not carry agouti to make the pattern appear in their black/gray fur.

Calico describes a cat, usually with a lot of white and/or distinct patches of white, black and orange fur.

Tabby agouti patterns:
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-07-2009, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Introducing...WILLOW!

She is very sweet, and has the cutest meow I've ever heard. It's so quiet and she usually does this bird-like chirp/meow when I call her name(haha, she won't do it for my boyfriend)

Heidi n Q, Thank you so much for answering my question on what breed she is and for the link and background information. It was very helpful!
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She ... does this bird-like chirp/meow when I call her name...
Is it like a "mirp! mirp!" or does it sound like a "trill"? A trill is sort of a cross between a meow and a purr done through closed lips. My Toby would sound like this: merrrrreeerrrrerereeeerrrrrrrrip!



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Definitely a trill! Willow's would probably come close to the merrrrreeerrrrerereeeerrrrrrrrip! that your Toby does
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Awe, I like her little pink nose too!
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Willow is adorable!


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Aww, yup, she looks like a dilute tortie. I bet she is a real sweetie! Welcome to the forum!
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Pretty kitty!
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