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post #1 of 10
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I'm sure everyone has seen this stunning lady, and there could be a thread on her already, but I couldn't find one.

I think she is fascinating.  I've included a bit from National Geographic, and a link to the whole article.  Just wondering if anyone else has any ideas on why Venus has two faces??

And what do you think about the article's comments on her blue eye?




Many reports about Venus refer to the cat as a "chimera." In mythology, a chimera is a mishmash monster made up of parts of different animals. A feline chimera is a cat whose cells contain two types of DNA, caused when two embryos fuse together.

Among cats, "chimeras are really not all that rare," Lyons said. In fact, most male tortoiseshell cats are chimeras. The distinctively mottled orange and black coat is a sign that the cat has an extra X chromosome.

But female cats, said Lyons, already have two X chromosomes so they can sport that coat without the extra X. That means Venus is not necessarily a chimera.

To find out would require genetic testing, said Lyons. With samples of skin from each side of the cat, "we can do a DNA fingerprint—just like on CSI—and the DNA from one side of the body should be different than the other."


If Venus isn't actually a chimera, then what would explain her amazing face?

"Absolute luck," Lyons said.

One theory: perhaps the black coloration was randomly activated in all the cells on one side of her face, while the orange coloration was activated on the other, and the two patches met at the midline of her body as she developed.

Cat fanciers who are transfixed by Venus's split face may be missing the real story: her single blue eye. Cat eyes are typically green or yellow, not blue.

A blue-eyed cat is typically a Siamese or else a cat with "a lot of white on them," she explained.

Venus appears to have only a white patch on her chest, which to Lyons is not enough to explain the blue eye.

"She is a bit of a mystery."

post #2 of 10

I saw this before and I think she is just gorgeous! We have a barn cat with similar face markings only she is a diluted tortie and one half of her face is grey and the other half is white although there is a spot of pink on her chin on the grey side (I think it's that side). Both of her eyes are the same color though. I'll try to get a pic soon but she usually runs from the camera. I just love unusual markings like this though!

post #3 of 10

Venus is so beautiful and interesting looking, and I have seen pictures of similiar cats before.  The article was interesting, and I wonder if her blue eye is the result of a Siamese cat somewhere in her ancestery.

post #4 of 10

I am amazed at how many cats have straight lines where color changes occur.

post #5 of 10
They should have named her Janus.

She's beautiful!!
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by speakhandsforme View Post

They should have named her Janus.


   I think cats with literally two faces have taken that title:

post #7 of 10

I don't exactly know what is so interesting about this cat, personally, she's just an odd-eyed tortoiseshell, look at the ear on the black side of the face, the black is just a tortie marking *shakes head* people will do anything to make a quick buck.


tortoiseshells can come in all kinds of different patterns, infact if you look up tortoiseshells on googles, you'll find that alot of them have the same if not similiar markings, and odd-eyed cats are already stunning enough.

post #8 of 10

I looked at the first 1000 pictures and the only two I found that are odd-eye and have such clear division of color were of Venus. 0.1% of tortiseshells I looked at.

post #9 of 10
Awwwww I love Venus. Such a gorgeous kitty!
post #10 of 10

I was flipping channels tonight and caught the last of a report on a local news show and there she was!  I didn't hear what they said except "Venus the Cat"

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