Cat’s unique Dalmatian like fur coloring has internet purring: ‘Catcow’


A distinctive-looking black and white cat is wowing pet lovers on TikTok.

Floki’s owner regularly posts videos of his feline friend on social media, however, a recent clip of the stunningly handsome cat seems to have grabbed more attention than most.

It features Floki, front and center, getting acquainted with a kitchen faucet. The footage, in and of itself, is quite adorable, with the young feline obviously bewildered by a mysterious running water source.

Floki bends over the stream of water coming from the faucet and looks startled when the liquid begins to splash in his direction. Fortunately, the cat understands that he can drink the liquid collected on his now wet paw, although a simple bowl of water may prove more effective.

Regardless of the cat’s antics in the clip, it would seem that for most commenters on the video, which has been viewed 3.5 million times, the focus is on Floki’s coat. The images, posted under the thecat_floki handle, can be viewed here.

Giving the cat the appearance of a Dalmatian dog or even a farm cow, the origin of the feline’s distinctive coat remains a mystery.

In 2021, Stanford scientists discovered a potential clue to the origins of these distinctive patterns: the accumulation of a gene called DKK4 found in thicker regions of cat skin that resulted in darker hair compared to lighter patches found in thinner areas of skin.

Researchers know that DKK4 reacts with a class of proteins called WNT that combine to create a pre-pattern of light and dark hair in cats. However, scientists still don’t know what drives these patterns.

There are also other genes that need further investigation. Genes that govern things like why some cats have spots and other felines have stripes.

Either way, regardless of the science behind it, the results are often unique and can be quite spectacular as Floki’s coat shows. Those who commented on the distinctive feline video were quick to note the animal’s unique look. “How beautiful is this cat! says Nicolelouise05. “She’s the smallest cow I’ve ever seen,” Maematiny added. “So cute !”

“Such a beautiful kitty! Sungmi wrote. “So unique.” Lindsay Postema, meanwhile, said, “I want a cat cow.” Joe Devin said “That’s a Mewcow, I want such a beautiful one”, with DeityFreeHappenings writing: “That’s the coolest cat!”

Auntysasstherine83 tagged the unique feline “the cat cow” while the ex Ballet Boy wondered if it was a “cow or a panda?” Xxannajaynxx97 saw it differently, dubbing Floki the “Dalmatian Cat” with _rae______ commenting: “I’m confused, is it a zebra, a cow or a cat?”

Others like wagawagaRenameanwhile, were in awe, asking, “How much more beautiful can a cat become?”

Newsweek contacted thecat_floki for comment.

Archive image of a black and white cat – a distinctive-looking feline has been turning heads on TikTok.
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