If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked what the Lackadaisy cats would look like as dogs…I would be heavily over-encumbered with obsolete coin currency.
Well, I prompted my Patrons for questions they’d like answered, and someone asked the dog question, so there was no dodging it this time. It ended up being a lot of fun, actually. Most of this was done during a Patron livestream, with a lot of breed suggestions coming from the chat.
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Would you happen to know what would result if someone were to hypothetically breed a lanky hairless cat with a stockier, long-haired cat like a Persian? Would the kittens all be either stocky furballs or noodles, or would they be kinda moderate-sized cats with moderate amounts of fur?
I think you’ve found my weak spot - not only do I not know much about cat genetics, I’m not sure I actually know anyone who does (to the same level that I know dog genetics folk).
A lot of the answer you’re looking for is going to depend on how many genes are involved, if they need to be homozygous or heterozygous to each other, and then which ones are more dominant when expressed. Sadly it’s never quite ad simple as doing a simple punet square.
Wild clouded leopards are extremely secretive and elusive, which means we know very little about their mating and parenting habits. In captivity, females give birth to litters of one to five kittens, though the most common number is three. Wild clouded leopards hide their kittens in nests made of dense clumps of vegetation hidden in the tree tops. In contrast, captive clouded leopards are often poor mothers, tending to abandon their kittens or even kill them later, so most are taken away and raised by hand.
These kittens nurse for three months after birth, and become independent at the age of about ten months.
Clouded leopards are extremely elusive, and as such little is known about their social behaviour. They are believed to be solitary except for mating, but unlike with many big cats, captive breeding has proved problematic. Pairs brought together as potential mates had a tendency to react with aggression when faced with a strange animal. Males in particular would become violent, biting through the females’ necks and severing their vertebrae. Many potential breedings sadly resulted in disaster.
Now, keepers have discovered that the problem may be the meeting between two strangers. Now, a pair that is hoped to be mated one day is introduced and raised together while they are kittens, so that the two form a bond and are used to each other’s presence. This has drastically reduced the amount of violence and drastically increased the success of captive breeding.