Monte’s sleek black coat is the result of dominant genes which control the pigment eumelanin, resulting in black fur. Most cats therefore appear black as did her momma. However, a second gene is responsible for patterns and this is also a dominant gene, making most black cats a tabby in disguise.

These genes associated with black fur are also linked to stronger immune systems. Some research indicates black cats are more resistant to FIV.

 

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