Fritten - The Clinic Cat

Fritten AKA "Snuffy"



Fritten was adopted by Dr. Cripps in 2000. She has some issues getting along well with others, so she moved into the hospital once we opened. She has become the queen of the hospital. Her nickname is "Snuffy" because she bears a striking resemblance to the Sesame Street character Mr. Snuffleupagus.

Fritten is a tortoiseshell color cat. A calico cat would also have a lot of white. While many people like this color cat, one client recently commented to Fritten it was no wonder she had to live in the clinic, she was so ugly no one would adopt her.

To be born tortoiseshell or calico, a cat is almost always female. The color gene is on the X chromosome. Males only have one X chromosome while females have 2. When an animal has 2 X chromosomes, one is randomly shut off during development. It is not the same one from cell to cell, so the black gene may be on in some cells and the orange gene in other cells, thus the mixture of orange and black. If a male cat is this color, it has to be XXY, meaning it has an extra sex chromosome. This condition is also called Klinefelter's Syndrome and results in the cat being sterile. Less than 1 in 1000 tortoiseshell cats is male.