Spots Or Stripes? It’s All In The Genes

A new scientific discovery sheds light on the subject scientists have been pondering you years – how do cats get their stripes?

“A newly-discovered animal gene may explain how the common housecat comes to have a blotchy or stripey tabby fur pattern.

Scientists have found new DNA evidence which begins to solve the mystery of coat patterns in mammals.

The recently-found gene is one of several that collaborate to create the distinctive design of a cat’s coat, and it’s the first of the pattern genes to be identified.”

Also, it is well known that some of the cat hair colors are temperature dependent. For example, the characteristic Siamese pattern (black tail and ears) is due to those areas of the skin kept cooler then the rest of the cat. If pat of the cat’s hair is shaved, it grows back black (colder skin) and then gradually changes back to white again.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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