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Cat with 2-tone face fa­thers kit­tens – one in each colour!

- Daily Mail Re­porter

HE’S a cat with a dif­fer­ence – a twotone face with a pre­cise di­vid­ing line that runs right down to his nose.

But there is some­thing still more in­trigu­ing about this short­hair cross­breed.

Three-year-old Nar­nia has fa­thered two kit­tens that have each taken their colour from ei­ther side of his face.

Phoenix was born to­tally grey, while sis­ter Prada is black, with a dash of white un­der her chin. Their fa­ther’s colour­ing, mean­while, is very un­usual.

His breeder Stephanie Jiminez said: ‘When Nar­nia was born I was ex­tremely sur­prised. I knew im­me­di­ately that he was ex­cep­tional. Nar­nia was born with a dou­ble black and grey face, which is very rare – nor­mally a cat can­not be black and grey.’

The cause of his two-tone face is un­known but other cats with this mys­te­ri­ous look are known as chimeras. In male cats, this means an ex­tra X chro­mo­some was present at the em­bryo stage.

But Miss Jiminez, 34, said ge­netic test­ing re­vealed he was not a chimera. ‘A ge­neti­cist per­formed tests and [found] Nar­nia has only one DNA... there re­mains a mys­tery for science,’ she said. Miss Jiminez, who raises pure­breeds, added: ‘He also has beau­ti­ful blue eyes, which is very rare in a cat that is all black. Nor­mally blue eyes are of­ten found in white cats.’

Nar­nia, who is from Paris but lives in Bri­tain, fa­thered Phoenix and Prada last year. Phoenix has since been adopted and Prada is shortly to go to her new home.

 ??  ?? Love is in the hair: Nar­nia and breeder Stephanie Jiminez
Love is in the hair: Nar­nia and breeder Stephanie Jiminez
 ??  ?? You’re kit­ten me: Phoenix,Phoenix left,left and Prada
You’re kit­ten me: Phoenix,Phoenix left,left and Prada

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