Monday, July 28, 2014


Venus, the Chimera Cat
By Jill Anne Sparapany

Look at this beautiful face! It’s mesmerizing, isn't it?

Meet Venus, the Chimera cat! 

She was found on a dairy farm in North Carolina and adopted in 2009! Her owner says she’s perfect – uses the scratching post, never the furniture, and loves to be babied. Who couldn’t love that face?

Chimera cats are genetically their own fraternal twin: one organism composed of two different DNA chromosomes. This occurs when two eggs are fertilized by two different sperm cells, then early in development the two zygotes fuse together. They maintain separate DNA in their cells and have two different genetic expressions within the one organism.
Depending upon which DNA gave rise to the reproductive organs, chimeras can have only ovaries or testes or both ovaries and testes, if one of the zygotes was male and the other was female. They can still reproduce and the offspring’s sex and fertility would depend upon the cell line that formed the sex organs.
Chimera animals can have internal organs with different DNA;  i.e. liver has XX/female chromosome and heart has XY/male chromosome.

Chimera conditions also can occur in people, with organ transplants, since the donor organ would have different DNA unless it was from an identical twin, and bone marrow transplantation.

Venus is a tortoiseshell with split colors on her face.
One half is orange tabby with blue eye and the other half is black with green eye.

Julie and I went on a float trip down the Cape Fear River yesterday.  Let me tell you,  we are sore this morning LOL  It was fun but exhausting!!    (some are a bit blurry, shooting through a plastic bag)

sitting on the river bank,  taking a break

some of the others swimming in the river

Julia from the back :)

Break on the bank

Thank you for the gifts from our Amazon Wish list!

Amazon never gives us your contact information,  often they do not
even have packing slips,  please know how grateful we are to you 
for your kindness!!

Thank you Nancy Barsotti for the scratch and rest and toy!
Thank you Heather Miller for the scratch and rest, turbo replacements pages and cleaner!
Thank you Kelly Barum for the scratch and rest, crinkle balls, swiffer kit and batteries!
Thank you Susan McClinton for the trashbags and swiffers!
Thank you Susan WVBaker for the springs and catnip toy!
Thank you Shirley Watkins for the tower of tracks!
Thank you Lauren Hornsby for the food!
Thank you Tessa Tweedie for the catnip toy!
Thank you Joanne Chan for the catnip toy!

Thank you to the several unnamed people for all the food, for all the tubs of catnip, freshstep, shark pads and toys!
Thank you Peggy Frankovich for the catnip and toy!
Thank you Cheryl Till for the cleaner!
Thank you Christine Breed for the bandaid kits!
Thank you Nico Keusch for the cube and shark mop!
Thank you Debra DiMascio for the freshstep!
Thank you Sherry Brisco for the amazon gift card!

One of our cat's favorite toys is the scratch and rest,

You can get one for your cat here:

Don't forget we are in LOTS of contests right now, 
The prize money would help pay for lots of vet coverage for the cats :)
Thank you so much for helping the cats!!

Contest 1:  $50,000!! first prize,
 1 vote every 24 hours   

Contest 2,  $25,000  first prize 

CHARITY JUMP   We need MORE TICKETS to hold First Place.

We are in a charity jump in Raleigh on August 8.  HUMAN Teams will be participating jumping off of a platform 32 feet in the air onto a giant pillow.  The team that jumps the most total feet will win $25,000

You do NOT have to come and jump,  WE will Jump For You!!  

We need you to buy tickets for us to jump :)    Here is the link for team Raleigh,  
Please Only get them for Raleigh,    we have a HUGE team jumping

Here is the link:   

 for TEAM RALEIGH, The HUMANS will jump for you if you can not attend, So you can buy a ticket no matter where you are!   If you are in the Raleigh area and would like to come jump with us,  please email me :)

 Please assign your ticket to us to jump! After you get your tickets click my account, my tickets, assign, type in to assign the tickets. Thank you for helping!!

Contest 3,  $1,000.  first prize,  daily vote