Take Care of Me Right or the Dog Gets It!

August 31, 2009 by Gyvel Young © 2014  
Filed under Funny Pet Fotos, GALLERIES

I’ve heard of some pretty hissy-faced cats in my life but this one takes them all! Please, take good care of your cats, particularly if you have dogs around…. or, you might just wind up with one of these situations.

The dog's gonna get it now!

The SecurePet Family of Pets

August 31, 2009 by Gyvel Young © 2014  
Filed under GALLERIES, SecurePet Photos

Welcome to the SecurePet family of pets. I have selected several photos for your enjoyment. It’s a combination of my own furry kids and those of my clients. Each fur baby has their own unique qualities. All are special and all have so much to offer.

  • I am curious cat
  • Beautiful like me
  • I am happy!
  • Just a flower child
  • Why whiney when you can smile?
  • The zen of calm
  • So very content...
  • Baby Face
  • How do you like this pose?
  • Cuteness prevails
  • I am Wolf!
  • I AM CAT
  • Okay, how about if I turn me head this way?
  • Feeling a bit shy today
  • I am little, I am cute, and I match the bed.
  • Let the rough housing begin!
  • Did you say smile?
  • Nothing but love here
  • My toy!
  • A study in Black and White
  • Stinky feet
  • A regal portrait of Brown sugar
  • Let's see how many of us will fit on one dog bed.
  • We managed to squeeze all the gang into the mule - off we go!
  • We are waiting....
  • Togetherness
  • Awesome!
  • Chasing sunbeams
  • Happiness comes in small packages
  • Care to join me in a glass of wine?
  • I feel sad...
  • Don't mess with me!
  • Can you spare a can of tuna?
  • Life is a howl!
  • All smiles here!
  • What's for dinner?
  • I am curious cat
  • Beautiful like me
  • I am happy!
  • Just a flower child
  • Why whiney when you can smile?
  • The zen of calm
  • So very content...
  • Baby Face
  • How do you like this pose?
  • Cuteness prevails
  • I am Wolf!
  • I AM CAT
  • Okay, how about if I turn me head this way?
  • Feeling a bit shy today
  • I am little, I am cute, and I match the bed.
  • Let the rough housing begin!
  • Did you say smile?
  • Nothing but love here
  • My toy!
  • A study in Black and White
  • Stinky feet
  • A regal portrait of Brown sugar
  • Let's see how many of us will fit on one dog bed.
  • We managed to squeeze all the gang into the mule - off we go!
  • We are waiting....
  • Togetherness
  • Awesome!
  • Chasing sunbeams
  • Happiness comes in small packages
  • Care to join me in a glass of wine?
  • I feel sad...
  • Don't mess with me!
  • Can you spare a can of tuna?
  • Life is a howl!
  • All smiles here!
  • What's for dinner?

A Genetic Mutant?

According to genetics it is virtually impossible for a male cat to be carry the multi-color tortoiseshell coloring of this female cat.

According to genetics it is virtually impossible for a male cat to have the multi-color tortoiseshell coloring of this female cat.

Male cats can not carry the tortoiseshell markings—that is a genetic fact. This is based on very scientific principals, mainly that male cats only have one X chromosome. And, cats have this weird DNA twist: their sex chromosomes are directly linked to their fur color! (For more on this see this article)

It is important to recognize that multi-patterned calicos and tortoiseshell cats are already a result of a mutation process. This mutation occurs during the formation of the embryo. In order for this to transpire a female must start off with the Xb (black chromosome) and an Xo (orange chromosome) combination. While the embryo is developing a random switch between the Xb and Xo occurs resulting in a patchy coat pigmentation.

This means that a male tortoiseshell would actually be a double-mutant since he would need to inherit both the Xb and Xo chromosomes PLUS one Y (for him to be male). Quite a feat! Yet, mutations can occur but they are rare and the male is rendered sterile.

Now, imagine the excitement when a British veterinarian came across one of these wonders during a routine day in her practice. A client brought three tortoiseshell kittens to Dr. Karen Home’s clinic in Harpenden, Herfordshire for routine vaccinations. While examining the kittens, Dr. Home was happily surprised to discover that one of them was a male!

She immediately recognized that this kitten was indeed something special and adopted the little guy into her family of five cats, four dogs, and three children. They named him Eddie, after Eddie Izzard, the comedian because as Dr. Home said, “…. he is essentially a boy dressed as a girl.”

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