Misty

Misty

From his name and appearance you’d think Misty was a female. Misty is a dilute tortoiseshell. As coat color is sex linked in cats, tortoiseshell cats are almost always female. The color combination in tortoiseshell (and calico coloring) requires two X chromosomes. As females are XX and males are XY the only way a male can have tortoiseshell coloring is if he has an extra X chromosome, XXY. Misty is a rare case of a male tortoiseshell cat!

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  1. This was interesting to learn. And your photograph captured the uniqueness of Misty’s appearance and personality.

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