Are Orange Cats Almost Always Male
It has to do with the X chromosome which has genes for fur color.
Are orange cats almost always male. The color of a cats coat is closely linked to its gender. Well thats not entirely true. Tortoiseshell cats have two different X-linked alleles X black and X o orange.
Calico cats are almost always female. Orange coat color is not found in male cats. Orange tabby cat toms outnumber queens approximately four to one.
The gene for coat color is carried on the X chromosome so male cats need only inherit one copy while female cats need two. Since females have two Xs and males have one X and one Y this means that a female orange cat must inherit two orange genes one from each parent whereas a male only needs one which he gets from his mother. In the absence of other influences such as color inhibition that causes white fur the alleles present in those orange loci determine whether the fur is orange or not.
However they only exist in much smaller numbers and male cats make up the vast majority of all orange tabbies accounting for 80. The gene that codes for orange fur is on the X chromosome. If you spot a male calico its highly likely that this cat is sterile or unable to reproduce.
There is no monetary value per se associated with a female orange tabby cat. Only about 20 of orange tabby cats are female. A male cat needs only one orange gene which he gets from.
All tri colored cats are not considered calicos or torties Duke is white with 2 varieties of orange on him and is definately not a calico. While it is a fact that there is a higher ratio of orange tabbies that are male the exact percentage is actually about 80 percent toms to 20 percent queens. This gives the impression all orange cats are male when this isnt actually the case.
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