Introducing Venus, a Three Year Old Chimera Cat

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cat that look like Venus before. She is a three year old chimera cat that has a complex mixtures of colors and fur. Her body is a blended mix of gold and black. Her face has a split of black and gold right down the middle. Venus also has heterochromia iridum, which is a discoloration of eyes, causing two separate colored eyes.

Below is a brief explaination of what a chimera cat is:

Chimera cat is one individual organism, but genetically its own fraternal twin. A chimera is typically formed from four parent cells (either two fertilized eggs, or two early embryos that have fused together). When the organism forms, the cells that had already begun to develop in the separate embryos keep their original phenotypes and appearances. This means that the resulting animal is a mixture of tissues and can look like this gorgeous (but bizarre) kitty.

Visit Venus’ Facebook page for more photos and videos of this cute kitty.

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