35 thoughts on “A remarkable case of felid mimicry

      1. Weird…I had this whole rant about how I can never find the damned critter in these posts, and accused you of torturing us into sharing your misery. Didn’t show up, and WordPress even claimed I was trying to post a duplicate!

        Ah well…I think my first guess of the upper left corner might not be right, after all. Lower right, hidden in that shadow?


        1. Snatched from the in between world between your keyboard and the WordPress servers! Must be some belligerent pixie!

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  1. Maybe someone with a geological science background can explain to me how those stone tiles evolved to blend in so well with the cat’s patterning.

    I also am mystified by how my black cat disappears on moonless nights. How did darkness become so like his fur color?

  2. What is the mechanism by which the cat’s fur changes color to adapt to its surroundings? Is it similar to what the octopus uses?

      1. You make a good argument, but I wonder if this isn’t a learned behavior. Cats and octopi are both known for their superior intelligence – perhaps cats learned to change color by observing octopi.

  3. Neat housekeeping trick…the servant will never have to sweep the floor. The cat hair will blend right in.

    Waaay OT: Dinesh DeSnoozah has been indicted for using straw donors. Bring out the popcorn!

  4. It looks just like a cat I used to have about 12 years ago. She was also a tortoiseshell – as are almost all cats with that color scheme. The coat mixture is due to the expression of the orange coat gene which lies on the X chromosome. Female cats, which have two X chromosomes, will have one X chromosome randomly inactived such that some cells will express the maternal orange gene, and some the paternal. The X inactivation occurs in a patchwork across their skin resulting in patches of orange and patches without (hence the resulting tortoiseshell pattern.)
    Rare instances of male XXY cats, the equivalent karyotype to human Klinefelters, are the only exception to the rule.

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