Tri-colored male cat defies the genetic odds

Tri-colored male cat defies the genetic odds

SALEM, Ore. - Staff at the Willamette Humane Society in Salem got a little surprise when a rare, tri-colored boy kitten was surrendered to the shelter.

The odds are just one in 3,000 that a cat with three distinct colors will be male.

Cats with three distinct colors are almost always female because two X chromosomes are required to produce the three-colored pattern. Male cats have only one X and one Y chromosome. In extremely rare instances, however, a male kitten is born with tri-color markings due to an extra X chromosome.

This particular little guy, a 5-month-old, is orange, white and black.

The kitten will be available for adoption starting Thursday, Jan. 21.