F4B Savannah Queen – Puddlerock “Pure Cotton” of Exotic Tails.
Cotton is a rare “Seal Lynx Spotted Tabby” Savannah Cat, fondly also known as “Snows”. Seal Spotted colouring is the tabby version of the “Colour Point” gene (commonly seen on Siamese and Himilayan cats). Because Seal Spotted Tabby is a recessive gene, both parents have to be carrying a copy of the gene for it to be seen on their kittens. Colour Points get their unique colouring from a mutated gene that causes partial albinism. The gene is also heat sensitive. This means the cooler the area on the body, the more pronounced the colours/markings will be. This explains why the face, tail and legs are where the most pigment will show up.
Seal Lynx kittens are born completely white. This is due to the continuous heat provided in the queen’s womb. Kittens take several weeks to months developing their contrast, and get darker continuously as they age.
Cotton has ice blue eyes to compliment her pale colouring and has distinct spotting which is uncommon in a Snow coloured cat. While Snows are not currently an accepted colour by TICA (The International Cat Association) or the CCA (Canadian Cat Association), we feel that the Seal Lynx Tabby strongly resembles the white African Serval, and believe Cotton brings some great traits to our breeding program. When paired with the right stud, Cotton only produces the standard BST (Brown Spotted Tabby) colouring.
As a responsible breeder, we plan to only breed Cotton to cats that we have colour coded, and will only place breeding offspring into other programs that fully understand how the recessive gene works. Breeder kittens will also be DNA color tested.
For even more information on “Snows” and colour genetics, please visit our “Physical Appearance” page and scroll down.
To view Cotton’s past F5C Savannah kittens, please click here for her 2011 litter.