The White Maine Coon - Stunning and Bright
Do you love the White Maine Coon color? Since these cats can come in just about any hue, except pointed markings or ticked patterns, you may find a Coonie that is sporting this solid, bright, and striking appearance - or should we say non-color?
When a cat is pure white, it's like they have nothing to hide! With other shades, your eye might be drawn to interesting patterns. And with darker kitties, the light around us is absorbed, so our eyes have to work harder to really focus on each feature.
But with a stunning White Maine Coon, he or she is just “out there” for all to see!
Every feature, from the luxurious mane, to the foot tufts, to the ear tips, is right there to easily see!
Naming a White Maine Coon can be fun. There are some cool themed names.
Think Snowy, Blizzard, Sugar, Cotton, Angel, and more! Of course most pets have a unique name that is not related to their color, but to something the "owner" simply likes!
Did you know that the genes that create this colorless animal are actually masking genes?
So there is an underlying pattern or hue that is not seen, or expressed. Interesting!
So, it's not a "color" in itself, that can be passed to offspring.
If one of these colorless beauties is bred, it will pass on it's underlying, un-shown hue. And, he or she may pass the dominant color-masking gene, resulting in a kitten or kittens who are also without hue.
Many times a kitten will have a small patch of color on top of the head can be seen, like a window into the underlying shade. Sometimes it lasts months, and then fades as he or she matures. Note the wee spot on Alba's head, above.
Understandably, it takes a professional to plan this kind of breeding!
The dominant genes that are involved cannot skip a generation. So it can't be passed on through generations without presenting in each generation.
As a dominant trait, if you don't see it, it's not there!
Have you ever wondered about deaf white cats? Or heard that they are all deaf? That is a common misconception, with a grain of fact behind it. It's all in the genes.
There is a link between the genes that are linked with deafness, and a blue iris. And, kitties with blue eyes are rarely shaded (except in the case of Siamese).
However, there are different genetic ways for this to happen. Not all have inherited the gene complex that includes deafness.
But, it is known that when they are born without hue, and have blue eyes, they are more likely to be deaf. Not all with this combination are deaf. And many have eyes of another shade anyway.
What Is An Albino Feline?
As an interesting note, it can be hard for an average pet owner to identify a true albino kitty. For a start, an albino might have pinkish eyes, or they might appear more blue.
As a result, it's hard for an average pet owner to know what kind of genes their he or she has inherited.
Animals, (or humans for that matter!) can be albino. This means more than having white fur or light eyes, and pale skin.
This means that the body is lacking melanin, and there is no pigment to the skin or fur.
So the nose and visible skin (look around the eyes, and mouth area) on an albino will be pink. The eyes may appear pink, as there is no pigment in the iris.
Other times, like in the case of a partial albino (a genetic variation) the eyes may be pale blue.
A kitty with green, gold, copper or other shaded eyes is not albino. He is simply has that dominant masking gene, which covers the underlying hue. An albino one is missing color altogether. Sometimes it can be hard for an owner to tell the difference!
The vast majority of Maine Coons are purchased from reputable breeders, who understand genetics and will let you know that your kitten is a White Maine Coon, not an albino – the most likely scenario.
Well, I don't know about you, but after looking at all these pictures and learning about them, now I really want a White Maine Coon Cat of my own!
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