1. Am I remembering correctly that IT told us that genetically, all orange cats are male?


    Skittles’ brother once had a bright orange female cat named “Lucy” (after Lucille Ball, as Yanks will get).

    As cats are, she was independent—a little TOO independent, and she lit out for parts unknown. God keep ye safe where’er ye are, Lucy…

  2. You must have been busy with that paintbrush, MP, since I have two orange female cats from the same litter. (Well, OK, one of them is dilute orange–sort of sandalwood-colored–but the other is bright orange).

  3. Why am I not surprised that JCF was good friends with a lesbian cat?


    I’d call that a radical interpretation of the text, MP.

  4. Usually, but not always, Dahveed.

    Orange is an X-linked recessive trait. Females can be orange, if both their X-chromosomes have that trait, but it is MUCH more common in males (since all they have is the one X-chromosome). Of course if you have a particular lineage where there are lots of orange-X’s, orange females will be more frequent in that lineage. But overall, they are uncommon.

    Tortoiseshells and calicos are almost always female, as their color pattern comes from X-linked inactivation (mosaicism).

    Geneticists love cats! They illustrate a number of basic principles very well.