Cat Dilute (colour) Testing
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The effect of the dilute colour gene is that:
Black dilutes to Blue, Chocolate dilutes to Lilac, Cinnamon dilutes to Fawn, and Red dilutes to Cream.
The following are the range of results for the dilute gene;
D/D = This cat does not carry the dilute gene.
D/d = This cat is a carrier of the dilute gene.
d/d = This cat carries two copies of the dilute gene. The coat color is diluted.
The dilute gene (or melanophilin) affects the distribution of melanin granules within the cats hair. The dominant or dense (D) form of the gene produces dense pigmentation while the recessive dilute (d) form results in pigment clumping, forming areas in the hair with no granules. This causes the cat coat to dilute or lighten.
The dilute effect is autosomal recessive, hence a cat requires two copies of the (d) form for the coat to dilute.
Once received in our laboratory results will be emailed back within 5-7 working days.