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Are 'marbled' feline eyes normal, or a sign of disease?

Brown spots that appear in your cat's eye can be either iris melanosis or iris melanoma. The big difference in the two is that one is benign (with a chance to turn malignant), and the other is ...
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Inbred kitten -- What are the risks?

Take the kitten to the vet. As soon as you acquire any new pet, you should take it for a vet visit as soon as you can, so you can make sure it's properly vaccinated and so forth. As for your concerns ...
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Kitten genetics probabilities?

I will do the focus on the cat's colors, because this seems to be well known by breeders. (If I have more time, I would add some about the other attributes, but everyone is invited to do so, too ;) ) ...
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Is there a genealogy test for pets?

There are lots of them. Here are 3 in no particular order: catdnatest.org Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California Basepaws You're looking at $100 and more. These tests have ...
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Can a regular German Shepherd give birth to German Shepherd puppies with coat colors identical to hers, but give birth to one single white puppy

Yes it is possible! Not common, but it CAN happen. The white coloring happens because of a recessive gene that can be hidden for several generations before making an appearance. Both parents must ...
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I catch feral cats in my neighborhood. How can I tell if they are related?

The DNA self-test kits for cats that are commercially available typically focus on "breed" composition as far as ancestry is concerned. While they sometimes present results in the form of a ...
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Difference between small hamsters and larger hamsters?

I think it is because the large ones are of variety named Syrian hamsters, and the smaller ones are Dwarf hamsters. I am assuming that because it would match exactly the behavior pattern you are ...
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What problems does inbreeding in chickens cause?

When you get the chickens get them from different breeders so they are not related and maybe get different types of chickens (nicer to look at some variation in colors and behaviour) and it is easier ...
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How can I tell if my cats are related?

I think they are siblings, but to be 100% sure you need a DNA test; for me, they look like they are from the same litter (same age and same color patterns). They most likely have the same mother and ...
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Can wild cottontail rabbits interbreed with domestic rabbits?

From Ask a Biologist: http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/answers/viewtopic.php?id=3250 "Although the domestic and cotton tails may attempt to breed, the embryos will usually die before birth due to the ...
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Is my cat a calico?

What is a calico cat? A calico cat has orange or cream fur and black or gray fur in large distinct patches, with the rest of its body being white. The white might just be on the belly, or it might ...
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