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23 January 2017 @ 09:52 pm
Eighth post - where did the weekend go?  
Such a full weekend and now it's Monday night and I feel as though I haven't had a break.

Saturday was my first judging assignment for my new council, which meant a trek up to the northside of the city, relying on Karen the Navman (navlady?) to get me there. Always have to laugh at her pronunciations - Gympie (with a hard G like Greg) becomes Jimpie while Strathpine is Strathpeen. So I was heading to Jimpie Road Strathpeen, which gave me a giggle at least.

Only a small assignment but I enjoyed myself. Not too sure that the exhibitors would say the same, though, after I withheld awards for two cats which had fleas. Ah well they'll be more careful next time.

Managed to tire myself out, both there and at the gym afterwards, and fell asleep on the couch while watching a docco about Princess Alice, Prince Philip's mother. I was enjoying it, too; will have to go back to watch the rest of it.

Yesterday was a Judges' Association meeting and workshop, where we had hands-on with American Shorthairs and Norwegians, plus a discussion about Turkish Angora which have only recently been recognised in Australia. We were supposed to discuss the Lykoi, which is being imported by a Tasmanian breeder who is seeking recognition of the breed here, but we ran out of time.

I'm not sure about these - I need to look up the genetics of the cat. If it's a recessive gene/s that cause the coat colour and pattern, then I might consider them, but not if it's a dominant. That could result in numerous kittens born without the gene/s, and what are they going to do with those kittens? So research is needed.

A couple of pics, so you can see what I'm talking about:

 photo lykoi1_zpsyopgronk.jpg

 photo lykoi2_zps7f9m60fz.jpg
 
 
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entropy_houseentropy_house on January 23rd, 2017 02:59 pm (UTC)
I'd heard about the Lykoi, AKA Werewolf, cat and got curious. A brief search on 'Lykoi dominant or recessive' makes it seem that the gene is recessive. (But you know the Internet-the first site to say something gets copied without verification, and so far as I could tell there's no absolute proof of it.)

I dunno, though, if it's recessive that just takes care of one potential problem. I think a gene that results in loss of undercoat, and molting leading to baldness sometimes is possibly going to be linked to health problems down the road.

Of course if the gene turns up fairly often in feral cat populations as one breeder claimed, they might be able to expand the gene pool with them, and increase the chances of keeping the breed healthy.

It's a toss up at present- don't know enough about them.
miwahni: Cats Meezermiwahni on January 24th, 2017 11:02 am (UTC)
I don't think the breed is far enough advanced yet to know what kind of potential problems they could have. Perhaps they're screening all cats that they add to the gene pool - I did read something about using only healthy domestics as outcrosses. I would very much like to talk to the breeder about this, though, and the recessive issue.
entropy_houseentropy_house on January 24th, 2017 03:25 pm (UTC)
*Nods* You need more information before you can make a decision.
entropy_houseentropy_house on January 23rd, 2017 03:06 pm (UTC)
Also, it's curious that there's such a marked difference in size between male and female. This breeder has a photo of a pair born 3 days apart where the male is twice the size of the female.

http://lykoikitten.com/common-questions/
miwahni: Cats Meezermiwahni on January 24th, 2017 11:04 am (UTC)
That's a huge difference! That's really odd. Even in Coons, where the difference in size is the most noticeable, it's not that big.
entropy_houseentropy_house on January 24th, 2017 03:31 pm (UTC)
I was really taken aback when I saw that. I'm not sure whether it's just the female has a smaller genetically set size, or whether something is interfering with the female's growth ability, in which case I wonder if it affects their internal organs, in particular the heart.

Hmm, just have so many questions about this breed, and so few definitive answers.
mrua7: blinky black catmrua7 on January 24th, 2017 04:50 am (UTC)
I have to admit, that is one strange, funky looking cat....
miwahni: Cats Zig and Bodie fullmiwahni on January 24th, 2017 11:05 am (UTC)
I'd say "ugly" but hey, someone somewhere will love them!
Actually the more I see of them, the less they shock. Getting accustomed to those little monkey faces I guess.
mrua7mrua7 on January 24th, 2017 02:43 pm (UTC)
That's the description I was looking for, monkey face. The fur is reminding me of something else too, but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe a stuffed toy....the fur doesn't even look real.
entropy_houseentropy_house on January 24th, 2017 03:35 pm (UTC)
Maybe opossum fur?
mrua7: blinky black catmrua7 on January 24th, 2017 05:27 pm (UTC)
Possum fur, yeah...but ratty looking possum fur. LOL!
entropy_houseentropy_house on January 24th, 2017 05:57 pm (UTC)
The opossum of the Americas has very ratty looking fur. The Australian possums are far prettier! ;^)
mrua7: blinky black catmrua7 on January 24th, 2017 06:08 pm (UTC)
I had a possum on my front stoop about 10 days ago, it was a big fat one and it didn't play 'dead' as it's supposed to when frightened. It ran and fast! The only opossum found in New Jersey is the Virginia Opossum and its fur is not bad looking.

Hmm, so maybe I'm thinking a spiked up rat fur now for this cat. lol!
entropy_houseentropy_house on January 24th, 2017 07:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe they look scruffier in So. Fla, where I am. One was in my yard a few years ago, and it had a spiky, sparse coat similar to these kitties.
mrua7: blinky black catmrua7 on January 24th, 2017 07:32 pm (UTC)
Virginia opossums are in So. Florida too, so maybe you saw an older, perhaps sickly one. The coat color is somewhat similar, still the cat is pretty creepy looking, more than a possum. lol!

Edited at 2017-01-24 07:32 pm (UTC)
entropy_houseentropy_house on January 24th, 2017 07:58 pm (UTC)
I did a quick google on Virginia Opossum & figure what I saw was very little like what you'd see. :^)

They are one of the world's most variably sized mammals, since a large male from northern North America weighs about 20 times as much as a small female from the tropics.

Also, I expect they have less fur. Heck, my *bees* are nearly bald. It's hot here, and heavy fur is a disadvantage.
mrua7: blinky black catmrua7 on January 24th, 2017 08:03 pm (UTC)
That makes since. I only google pictures, and didn't read up on them. I know they can vary in size as I've seen small ones and huge like the one 10 days ago. He was about the size of a large cat.
entropy_houseentropy_house on January 24th, 2017 08:09 pm (UTC)
Been fun chatting with you. Gotta go do yardwork- it's down to 85 degrees F, must take advantage of the cool. ;^)
mrua7: blinky black catmrua7 on January 24th, 2017 08:18 pm (UTC)
86 cool? I wish it was that here! Have fun in the yard!

Edited at 2017-01-24 08:19 pm (UTC)