|Posted by L on May 30, 2018 at 2:25 PM|
Hey, everyone! As I'm sure you're aware by now, Ember is away in Costa Rica until June 25th doing some science things. Let's all take a collective moment to pray she does not catch some weird monkey disease. Anyway, until she returns I'll be handling the general management and weekly updates to the site.
May was a relatively quiet month due in large part to the Webs glitch that prevents new members from joining the site. Still, we've seen a bit of an uptick in activity these past couple of weeks as we all approach summer break. Hopefully this holds and Webs is able to resolve the glitch before Ember's return. We saw a border skirmish between MoonClan and EclipseClan that resulted in the death of a few MoonClan cats. There was also a negotiation between Tigerstar and Hollowstar that saw Pumapaw returned to MoonClan. Over the coming month tensions should remain high and we should see further border skirmishes break out between the clans.
For this Monthly Meow I will be presenting my long overdue "Guide" on how to create a cat with a realistic appearance. This comes from a touch of research on the Interwebs, but mostly from first hand experiences. As some of you may know I work at a humane society (animal shelter) where I mostly deal with animal intake, behavioral evaluations, and assist on the data analysis/ PR team. I see 100+ cats on a monthly basis and would like to think I've picked up a thing or two over the course of my employment.
I will be briefly going over fur color and patterns and eye colors:
Realistic Fur Color & Patterns:
Cats that are accustomed to living outside typically have much thicker and shinier coats than indoor cats.
Tricolor: In cats, the gene for coat color is found on the X sex chromosome. It is for this reason that tricolor cats will almost always be female. Tricolor males are the result of a genetic mutation and are largely infertile.
Colorpoint: The body of the cat is white/ cream while the colored points are located at the face, ears, tail, and legs.
All kittens are born with blue eyes. They retain this color until about 6-7 weeks of age.
Cat eye color is on a spectrum, for example there are not just blue and green eyes, but varying shades of color between blue and green. With that being said, I will go over the primary colors.
Purebred cats tend to have more intense/ vibrant eye colors.
Heterochromia: A genetic mutation in which the irises are different colors.
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