Hello folks and welcome to my little thread! In here you'll mostly see me going on about cat genetics and genetic inconsistency in the books. Of course, the true purpose of this thread is to do the following:
- Give an overview of any canon cat's genetics, and whether it's possible for the cat to be the way they are (sometimes looking into relatives)
- Answer questions about cat genetics (i.e. 'how does tortie work' or 'aren't tortie and calico the same thing')
- Help other folks with their original characters by offering advice on making them and their family genetically consistent
- And so much more!
No fancy forms to fill out for the first two - but if you're looking for advice on the latter and know anything about cat genetics already
, here's a form:
[b]Designated gender at birth:[/b]
[b]If yes, tabby type:[/b]
[b]If yes, spotted?:[/b]
[b]if yes, Ticked?:[/b]
[b]White Spotting Amount:[/b]
[b]Albinism? (includes points):[/b]
Please only fill this out if you're asking about your own cats and want help with things like parentage, or your cat's phenotype, etc.
If you don't know or it probably doesn't apply, do "n/a" or "unknown".
In case you're curious about what any of these mean:
Questions asked and answered:
Coat Color: Black, chocolate, cinnamon, red, or red and any of the first three (tortie).
Dilute: Blue ("gray"), Lilac, Fawn, cream. (note that real cats are either fully dilute or not - so blue and black, blue and regular ginger, etc. won't work!)
Tabby: Controlled by the 'agouti' gene, it's dominant. AA & Aa = tabby, aa = solid.
Tabby Type: Mackerel or classic. Mackerel is dominant. Mc Mc & Mc mc = mackerel (stripey), mc mc = classic (blotchy).
Spotted: Modifies the tabby so that it looks spotted. Look up 'spotted mackerel' and 'spotted classic' and you'll see what I mean.
Ticked: Look up 'ticked tabby'. It's hard to explain, other than giving the cat a salt and pepper look!
White Spotting: Basically the amount of white on your cat. SS = High-mid white (50%+ coverage), Ss = mid-low white (50%-almost 0% coverage), ss = no white.)
Epistatic White: Separate from white spotting, it's basically an all-white mask over your cat. It's dominant - WW + Ww are epiwhite, ww is not.
Polydactyl: Extra toeses! Pd Pd & Pd pd = polydactyl, pd pd = not polydactyl.
Albinism: There's blue-eyed albinism, pink-eyed albinism, and various points! CC + C-anything else: non-albinistic. Blue-eyed albino: ca ca or ca c. Pink-eyed: c c. Siamese point: cs cs, cs ca, or cs c. Tonkinese point: cs cb. Burmese point: cb cb, cb ca, or cb c.
Silver: A fun dominant gene that is also called 'tipping', where the base of the fur is white but is 'shaded' to silver (or red). This is also called smoke. I I or I i = silver, i i = nonsilver. Ginger cats with this are called cameo ginger tabbies!
Other: Anything out of the ordinary - duplicate pinnae (four ears), curled ears, munchkin, folded ears, brachycephally (persian face), lykoi, rex-type fur, taillessness/bobtailness, amber, etc. Anything that doesn't fit up there goes here!
What's the difference between tortie and calico? - x
x - another link, etc
Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing what yall have in mind! Apologies if this is in the wrong spot.