Friday, March 8, 2013

Cats A-Z: X (Xandy)

6" x 8" (paper) 4" x 3.5" (image) 
Oil-based inks on white Subi paper 
Artist's Proof 
Available for purchase here. 


Xandy, as in "X and Y", isn't a famous cat in history or myth. He is a fictional cat invented by me. The genes that determine the color of a cat's coat are located on the X chromosome, and so almost all Calico cats are female. However, about one in every 3,000 Calicos manages to get a Y chromosome (in addition to the necessary two Xs), and is therefore born male. Xandy is a male Calico, and as such, he is almost as rare as four leaf clovers or words that start with the letter X.

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