And the answer: Calico.
In order for a cat to have both black and orange in its hair, it needs two X chromosomes—which is why most Calicos are female. There’s about a 1 in 3,000 chance that a male kitten will be born with an extra chromosome due to a genetic mutation, resulting in a male Calico cat.
Dogs might be man’s best friend, but have they considered man’s best frenemy? Jokes (and fragile cat egos) aside, our domesticated feline friends are some of the most popular pets around, with an estimated 370 million pet cats in the world. As popular and lovable as they may be, though, did you know that house cats and tigers share 95.6% of their DNA? Or that the average house cat can run up to about 30 miles per hour over short distances? This means that a cat could outrun Olympian runner Usain Bolt in a 200 meter dash!
That’s all to say: cats are some pretty impressive domesticated animals. They occupy spiritual roles across many different cultures and time periods, such as in Japan, where cats are thought to have the power to turn into super spirits when they die. Or back in Ancient Egypt, where cats were believed to be magical creatures capable of bringing good luck to the people who housed them, and were treated to the finest clothes and treats. In fact, cats were so revered in Ancient Egypt that cat owners would shave off their eyebrows when a feline companion passed away, and would continue to mourn until their eyebrows grew back!
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November is Cat Lovers Month! Each year, this occasion brings another chance to cuddle up with your purrfect pal and learn more about all the incredible things cats can do. Read more about cats here.