Champion Winnetou’s Silver Snow Flake
Black Silver Spotted Tabby Oriental (Born: 8 April 2011)
Sire: CH Winnetou’s Silver Spirit of Apache
Dam: Winnetou’s Coco-Chanel
Meeko (who I plan to be my first breeding queen) is a real little darling of a cat. She almost never stops purring and I’m sure that if she could, she would sell her little spotty soul for tickles!
Meeko could retrieve a ball all day if she could just find someone to keep throwing it for her. She is very playful and also has a slightly mischievous streak: she likes to pounce on poor unsuspecting Mushu whenever he least expects it. She is also extremely imaginative and often plays games where she is chased by things only she can see!
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Meeko is negative for Progressive retinal atrophy (rdAc), Polycystic kidney disease (PKD), Gangliosidosis (GM1), Mucopolysaccharidosis and Niemann Pick Disease. This means that she doesn’t have any of these diseases herself and, because she also doesn’t carry any genes for them, her kittens will also not have any of them.
She is a black-silver spotted tabby, and she’s carrying chocolate, dilute and non-silver.
I am really hoping that she carries the gene for the classic tabby pattern (also known as ‘blotched’ or ‘marbled’ tabby), but unfortunately there isn’t a genetic test to differentiate between the different kinds of tabby yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see until she has her first litter.
Meeko’s genotype is AA CC Bb Dd Ii:
AA (agouti or tabby, and can only have tabby kittens)
CC (full colour, so not carrying any genes for Siamese-coated kittens)
Bb (black, but could pass the chocolate gene on to her babies)
Dd (she is carrying the dilute gene, so could also have blue or lilac kittens)
Ii (is silver – has the oddly-named melanin-inhibitor gene – but is carrying non-silver too).