Genetic & Hereditary Traits
White, Tortoiseshell Chimera, Merle, Colorpoint Explained
Genes communicate in very specific ways, understanding how is still a process humans are trying to understand every day. We must always keep pushing forward to help better understand what we can do scientifically to better the life on this beautiful planet. The very basic of what is known so far I have kindly snipped up into bits with nice pictures and links can be found at the bottom of each page sitting the resources. Please remember to take all information with the mindset of "what if", that being said happy researching.
Solid, Shaded, Shell, Smoke, Silver Explained
New discoveries are made every day. Genetic verification is a new science yet we're making so much headway, with that being said, there's still so much more we need to discover and understand before we decide things are set in stone, always keep an open mind for what we know what we know and what we have room for. I have taken the liberty of compiling many forms of research and information into a nice section with all of my resources sited at the bottom of the page for a far more IN DEPTH read. Happy researching.
More information can be found clicking/tapping "Smoke, Shell, silver, Shaded Explained"
Polydactyly, or extra digits, is a common trait among cats, particularly it seems, among Celtic cats and cats on part of America's Eastern coast and South West Britain. This distribution may well be linked. Except for Twisty Cats, polydactyly is not a product of bad breeding. It is simply a naturally occurring genetic variation and, as noted later on, polydactyly is found in fossil reptiles. A few forms of polydactyly is known to be harmful.
More information can be found clicking/tapping "Polydactyl"
Cat vocalizes to communicate with another and express their internal states. The vocal repertoire of the cat is wide and up to 21 different vocalizations have been described in the literatures. But it is more than probable that the repertoire contains more types of vocalizations.
More information can be found clicking/tapping "Feline Vocals"
Cryptorchidism refers to the failure of one or both testicles (testes) to descend into the scrotum. Cryptorchidism is much less common in cats than in dogs. The testes develop near the kidneys within the abdomen and normally descend into the scrotum by two months of age. This may occur later in some cats, but rarely after six months of age. Cryptorchidism may be presumed to be present if the testicles cannot be felt in the scrotum after two to four months of age.
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Up to date X-ray's should be done (yearly) to make sure there's no genetic issues through life. Heart issues and Hip issues are still a common issue in felines and much more within specific Maine Coon genetic lines.
More information can be found clicking/tapping "Hip Dysplasia"