Why is my cat, Patchy, so patchy? The genetics behind the coloring of calico cats.

I have two main loves in my life: science and cats. For the sake of this blog, I thought that it would be fun if I combined the two. I currently have two cats at home named Thomas and Patchy. Thomas is a sixteen year old white American short hair male cat and Patchy is a fourteen year old female calico cat. As with any other cat parent, I think my cats are unique and have their own distinct personality. Thomas is basically an old geezer, who likes to nap a lot, but who wouldn’t if they were a cat with no responsibilities? He is also extremely intelligent and responds to you when you say his name. With this intelligence, he can also be very stubborn. My other cat, Patchy, is a very lovable and chubby cat. She has hilarious antics of licking herself uncontrollably when you scratch her lower back. She also routinely performs the downward facing dog pose with her lovely mitten paws outstretched in front of her. Since Patchy is a calico cat, she has many beautiful colors in her fur. What makes the fur of these calico cats so unique and beautiful? The answer to that, my friends, is genetics. Continue reading