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Supermodel Cats? Venus And Quimera Have The Most Stunning Instagram Accounts

Date February 28, 2018

You’ve likely seen the distinctive tricolored pattern of the fluffy calico cat but may not know all the unique traits of these fabulous felines.

Although it is a rare occurrence, chimeras can occur across many species, including humans, but most don't realize they even have the condition. The signs can be subtle, such as patches of different colored hair.

What is this phenomenon?

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Calicos are white females with large areas of black and red patches as well as other colors, like blues and creams thrown in. They can have a little bit of white, a lot of white, or anything in between.

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The colored area in bicolored cats can also feature any of the tabby patterns. These patterns are created by the incomplete dominant piebald white-spotting gene. Polygenes help determine the amount of white in the cat’s coat.

Black bicolored cats with only a small amount of white, such as a 'bib', white paws, and perhaps a white facial ‘blaze’ are the ‘tuxedo’ cats. The other extreme is an almost entirely white body with color only on the tail and perhaps a spot or two on the head or body.

Feline fabulousity

Venus, the two-faced cat, is currently the most famous feline on the planet. The three-year-old has her own Facebook page and a YouTube video that's been viewed over a million times.

One look at this cat and you can understand why: One half is solid black with a green eye, the other half has typical orange tabby stripes and a blue eye. Many reports about Venus refer to the cat as a "chimera." In Greek mythology, a chimera is a mishmash monster made up of parts of different animals.

A feline chimera is a cat whose cells contain two types of DNA, caused when two embryos fuse together. There is a new kitty in town, Quimera, whose name means “chimera” in Spanish, and is gorgeous to look at.

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Another fantastic split of grey and black

This adorable cat was born with a perfect separation of grey and black fur divided almost entirely down the middle of her face. The unusual markings are thought to be the result of two embryos fusing together.

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She has both light grey and black fur on her face, separated evenly in a remarkably straight line. While the exact cause of this pet's striking appearance is not known, other felines with this mysterious look are known as chimera cats.

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Fun fact! Calicos are the official cat of the state of Maryland. They were chosen because their coloring is reminiscent of the state bird, the Baltimore Oriole. However, these cats ended up looking the way they look; both are unique in their way.

Have you ever seen a two-faced cat in real life? Let us know in the comments!.

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