Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: June 26, 2023 by Crystal Uys


Did you know there is a scientific explanation behind the white “socks” that some cats seem to wear? It’s due to a condition called piebaldism. This condition is caused by a mutation in the KIT gene, which is responsible for distributing melanocytes, the cells that “program” pigment throughout a cat’s body. Genetics tends to make my head explode, so rather than trying to explain this further, I’m going to send you to our friends Cole and Marmalade’s blog for a detailed explanation.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we told you about a new study that showed that 1TDC™ reduces periodontal disease within six weeks,on Tuesday we shared information about the collaboration between Sleepypod and Assisi Animal Health which resulted in the Assisi Loop Lounge, on Wednesday, we told you about a fascinating study that explores the connection between genetics and the behavior of Siamese Cats, on Thursday we reviewed the Scratch Lounge, and on Friday, we reviewed the latest installment in Gwen Cooper’s Curl Up with a Cat Tale series, Scenes from a Move, Part 1.

I was looking for a beach themed video for this first unofficial weekend of summer, and came across this lovely video by our friend Kitten Lady about Cat Beach Sanctuary in Thailand. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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1 Comment on Mews and Nips: The Science Behind Why Some Cats Wear Socks

  1. Thanks for the link to CAM’s blog for the explanation as to why some cats have white feet. it was an interesting read. It’s also something I never really gave much thought too, but I will now be thinking of it every time I see a kitty with socks or white patches.

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