Who Is That Masked Cat?

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Hello students! Today we are going to learn about cat coat patterns and since Harley is our test subject, we will focus on bicolor cats.  A bicolor or piebald cat is caused by the white spotting gene, resulting in a coat that is white and one other color. When the spotting is black, these cats can be referred to as cow cats or when the black is dominant, tuxedo cats.

Professor Daisy discusses bi-color coat patterns in cats

Bicolor cats come in many different patterns and varying degrees of spotting as this diagram demonstrates:

Bicolor coat patterns

Here is Harley, showing off his black and white bicolor coat.  He is especially proud of his black mask and the “guyliner” around his eyes.

Harley has a black and white bicolor coat pattern

Let’s examine his coat and see if we can determine which pattern Harley’s coat most closely resembles. I think he would be considered a “Mask and Mantle” coat pattern.  What do you think?

Harley demonstrates "Mask and Mantle" markings

You could also refer to Harley as a cow cat.  The fact that he sometimes wears a cheesehead hat is even more proof that he’s a cow cat, in my opinion. So far, I have not heard him moo.

Proof that Harley is a cow cat

And look what I found when I examined the underside of Harley’s paw! He’s a cow cat for sure!

More proof that Harley is a cow cat

What is your favorite kind of cat coat pattern?


  1. Posted February 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Oh we love cow cats! I think his paws show that he is. My human never thought to look for the little cow on the toes!

  2. Posted February 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Maybe he is distantly related to the cowGOATS we have here on the Farm. What do you think?

    I will have to have the publicist examine Harry the Farm cat to see what he is.

  3. Daisy the Curly Cat
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Harley is very proud of the cow on his footpad!

  4. Daisy the Curly Cat
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Wow Pricilla, maybe he is!

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