Nora in a box 📦📦
Nora in a box 📦📦
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Hey folks! I've received a scattering of hair shaft images so far, containing a few solids, a few brown tabbies, a couple silvers, and a red cat. Here's the compilation of the findings so far:
(Please click if tumblr kills the resolution, I swear it's all nice and crisp).
Because the brown tabbies were some of the last cats to come in I was actually confused at first about that dark band! But it really is there, and very prominent in most cats, though I'd guess wide band might reduce it in addition to extending the width toward the tip. It's been noted that all wide band goldens have at least a bit of a dark base.
A fade toward the base, varying in degree, was present in all the solids, and in the stripes of the black tabbies. One person noted that their black cat gets a very pale base specifically in the winter, but this only started later in the cat's life. Some folks were able to make out very faint tabby bands on the solid cats.
The single red cat was matched as closely as possible since I only had the one. The stripe hairs had a really pronounced gradient, as did the background hairs, and there was no dark base in sight. I'd be interested to get more red cats - perhaps there's actually a difference between agoutis and nonagoutis and we just haven't found it yet!
Though I've only heard of the white-tipped blue as a trait of certain breeds, the cat submitted with it was a moggy - she's also a young adult so it's very unlikely to be age related. I also mistook a cat for a white-tipped tabby but further examination showed the tips were actually black, so that made it into the diagram. It's a known variant in BSHs.
What Have We Learned?
We've learned that, once again, I've been wrong about silver! While it definitely acts more on red pigment, since it affected the red band toward the top, it also really does wipe out all the pigment toward the base of the hair, because the silver tabbies appeared to have white all the way to the root on their background hairs! The stripe hairs are consistent with the descriptions of hairs from smoke cats, so that's how they're labeled.
We also learned that, as I suspected, red is kind of weird. The red cat didn't look at all the same as a normal tabby, having a gradient at the base of the background hairs and then starker banding at the tip.
More pictures of any cat will still be helpful! In particular though, I'd like a lot more tabbies so I can observe the variation in band width, and definitely more red-based cats! The red patches of torties and torbies (especially calicos with easier to see patches) will be particularly valuable since we know whether they're agouti or not.
Now that I've gathered this much, the tabby article for the website will be finished soon, and I'll make sure to update it if any new data comes in!
we had guests today! Tabby, Tigger, and Friendly, with Ghost supervising mealtime.
enjoying the scratches
The boys just being themselves.
one of my beloved cats <3
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