bicolor vans

anonymous asked:

imma make sure i got my genetics right: if smoke or onestar were bicolor, then darktail could be genetically possible? (if onestar wasnt a tabby when he should be solid)

they would have to be a really high grade bicolor, probably also a van (kits won’t have more white than their parents) 

smoke - 

onestar - 

darktail - 

nebbie91  asked:

Can you do an analysis on the cat coloration (white, orange, grey, black, black and white, brown tabby, grey tabby, grey and white, lilac, cream), pattern (tabby, tuxedo, bicolor, Van pattern, tortie, calico, point pattern), and breed (Persian, Himalayan, Sphynx, Scottish Fold, Russian Blue, and Siamese) stereotypes? Like how in fictional works, there are orange male cat/white female cat couples, mean Siamese, evil and unlucky black cats, and snooty Persians.

Well, all or most of that amounts to cultural associations with color, gender, race and nationality projected onto cats, I suppose. It has little to do with cats and everything to do with people.

The foil pairing of a scoundrel leading man with a refined, society woman (who argue a lot and inevitably fall in love) is a common one, and the orange male/white female cat pairing is a sort of feline variant. Because of the sex-linked genetics of cat coloration, most orange tabbies are male, and that may explain why the quintessential tom is a ginger. We link ruddy hues with devil-may-care foxiness and virility too, becoming of any rogue or alley cat.  A white, fluffy tail is suggestive of class in the way a white ermine stole is. White is also taken to indicate cleanliness and purity and by extension, virginal femininity.  Ladies of auld were celebrated in songs, poems and fairy tales for their milk-white, lily-white, snow-white skin.  Cloistered away from the harshness of the world, they’ve retained their innocence. (I guess being a perfectly pasty, outdoor-averse, sexually inexperienced nerd was once a romantic ideal.)

The only anthropomorphized representations of Siamese cats I can immediately think of in popular, western-made media range from vaguely, uncomfortably racist to overtly, unapologetically racist…with the exception of Sagwa, which has an interesting historical setting, but otherwise strikes me as bland ‘I learned a lesson today about honesty’ kids’ porridge. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)

In some cultures and corners of the world, black cats are signifiers of good luck, but their association with bad luck has been - for whatever tangle of reasons - the prevailing one.  Their use as an icon during tumultuous anarchist/labor movements in the late 19th century might have been the most recent, influential reinforcement of the negativity.  Anyway, I doubt I really need to expound on or explain anything about the connotations black has as a color, about how we like to dress villains in black, or about how black cats came to be cast as villains.

If Persian cats want to divest themselves of their snooty reputations, they should stop wearing tiaras.