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I just had to share with you the upcoming newest addition to my family.

My sister's cat had kittens in April and offered to reserve me one of the cuties. I couldn't say no. Me and my husband have chosen this gorgeous tortie:


(My brother took the picture, sorry for the poor quality).

We haven't come up with a name yet, still brainstorming that. She is ready in two weeks but we're having her in a month due to us going away on holiday soon.

I am going to meet her on Thursday, I'll be sure to take better quality photos and update you all. :)
 

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Just send that gorgeous baby to me, I will watch her while you are on holiday. Take your time, no need to hurry back. That moving van? I don't see a moving van....
 

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There's a study on the Interwebz (so it must be true) that torties fare much better in San Diego for the first 10 years of their lives. You can have her back then. (maybe) :D
 

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WOW! What a cutie!!! :luv

She reminds me of oreo-cookie ice cream. How about calling her Oreo?

No matter what you name her, she looks like a winner....

:) Fran
 

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Oh, my! What a beautiful Tortie! She is called a "tortoiseshell" because of her mingled black/red markings.

Female cats have two "X" genes, and the color for orange is carried on the X gene, so of her two "X"s, one is black and one is red and they must 'share' the color responsibilities, which gives the calico/tortoiseshell cat their mixed-color coat.
She is a black cat who also carries red. She does not have 'agouti', which is the gene that makes a tabby cat's stripes appear in their coat. Every cat is a tabby, but if they do not have agouti, their stripe pattern (classic, abyssinian, mackerel) will not be evident and the cat will be either black, gray or a similar variation.
Something also odd about calicos and agouti...agouti only expresses itself on black hair. Or gray, if the cat has a cream gene to dilute the black coat to gray (also called blue. red will dilute to buff or cream). Anyhow, agouti only changes black hair to show the agouti banding of color in the hair shafts of the tabby pattern. Agouti will not manifest itself on red cats, BUT, all red cats will show some variation of their tabby markings...they just will not express the agouti banding of color on the hairshafts. So, this is the reason your black/red Tortoiseshell has black fur with no visible tabby stripes, but her red fur *does* show her tabby stripes.
A calico cat with agouti, is sometimes called a Patched Tabby or a Torbie (tortoiseshell + tabby = Torbie). I describe cats with definite patches of black and red (orange) with hairs that don't mingle much, and with a lot of white markings (called spotting), as a "calico". The description of tortoiseshell describes intermingled black and red hairs, similar to the mottled appearance of tortoises (turtles) shells.
Sorry if that was TMI! I love cat color genetics.
heidi =^..^=

Name ideas:
I am partial to Tortie. I knew a kitty whose name was Turtle, and if you like the Spanish version and Pirates of the Caribbean: Tortuga.
 

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Hey - I like Tuga!!
 

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She is gorgeous!! :luv

Heidi, I know torties are very rarely males, but I have met one in my life...do you know how that works gene wise? It's so interesting :) I also read that male torties are usually infertile?
 

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That was my sister who posted Beanie, the mother.

We have decided on a name - Megan. I think it is sweet. :D Thanks for your suggestions though. :D
 

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Heidi, I know torties are very rarely males, but I have met one in my life...do you know how that works gene wise? It's so interesting :) I also read that male torties are usually infertile?
Yes, male calicos actually are a genetic oddity where female cats are XX, male cats are XY and a male calico cat would have an 'extra' female gene in addition to a male gene, resulting in XXY. In this case, to be calico one of the X's would have to be "O" for orange and "o" for not orange (black). Female calicos are XX, and Oo. Male cats are XY, and can carry only one color gene on their "X", either O (red/orange) or o (black). When they have the 'extra' gene, XXY, then they *could* have Oo resulting in tortoiseshell and the Y gene which makes them male. ALSO, while this genetic oddity occurs it will not always result in a male calico since the cat could be XXY-OO (orange/red) or XXY-oo (black).
My book doesn't elaborate but it simply states male calicos are usually sterile due to their male (Y) reproductive organs not fully developing in the presence of two female (XX) genes.
 
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