Warriors with real genetics: Squirrelflight and Leafpool by Flamecloud

Flamecloud takes a look at the linked sisters and their genetics.

Art by Renakit

Hello folks, your fellow Earthling is here to talk about some more genetics.

If you don’t know anything about genetics, or cat genetics, you should either check out my previous article wear I (try) to explain them: Click here!
Or, do some research because genetics or fun.

Or you can just wing it, which is fine as well.

Anyway, last article I talked about Firestar and how he can not be a ginger. We shall go forth with the understanding that for the sake of this article he is a black cat.

Normally, I would trace his mate’s pedigree as far back as it will go and then work from there. However, Sandstorm currently has no cannon parents. At one point, she was Redtail’s daughter, but tortishell toms can not have children. So, we’re just going to say that Sandstorm can be the color she is.

Since Sandstorm has tabby stripes, we can say that she is XoXo, A-, T-.

Now, on to the kits, Squirrelflight and Leafpool.

Squirrelflight is described as a dark ginger she cat with one white paw and a floofy tail. As I described in my past article, white markings are caused by the “S” gene, which is codominant. For Squirrelflight to have the “S” gene, one of her parents must carry it. Co-dominant genes are visible when they are present, so since neither Firestar nor Sandstorm have any white markings, Squirrelflight can not either.

Next, time to talk about her ginger coloring. For a she-cat to be ginger, she has to get a X chromosome carrying the ginger gene from each parent. If Firestar was a ginger, this would be possible. However, we have already determined (see my other article) that Firestar can’t actually be ginger.

That means that Squirrelflight can only have one ginger chromosome, and is therefor a tortoiseshell.

Next, Leafpool. Leafpool is a brown tabby with white chest and paws. Her tabby pattern is possible, because she could have easily gotten those genes from her mother, who is a tabby as well. However, as we covered with her sister, she can not have white markings.

And back to ginger. Since Sandstorm has two copies of the ginger gene, Leafpool must receive one of them. This makes her a torbie (tortishell with tabby markings). I also head cannon her as a chocolate torbie, genes she could have gotten from either side of the family since we know Firestar carries him (based on his mother’s coloring) and we don’t know weather or not Sandstorm does.

I’m going to stop this article here, because to look at any further kits I would have to look at Bramblestar’s family tree, which is large enough to merit an article of its own.

I hope you enjoyed it!

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February 11, 2020 1:21 am

So the sisters should actually be tortoishell & Toribe. That makes me love them even more. Excellent article!

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
February 12, 2020 5:06 pm

Thanks!

Snow Which Gently Falls on Briar Branches (Ria- she/her)
Snow Which Gently Falls on Briar Branches (Ria- she/her)
February 11, 2020 2:29 am

Nice article! I love reading about genetics!

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
February 12, 2020 5:07 pm

Thank you! Genetics are so cool 😀

Purple Dusk
Purple Dusk
February 11, 2020 2:58 am

So umm…
What is Squirrel Flight supposed to be then if not ginger?
I am might be blind and glanced over it while looking at how Squirrel Flight could be ginger.

Purple Dusk

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
February 11, 2020 4:21 am
Reply to  Purple Dusk

She would be a torti 🙂 and Leafpool would be a Torbie (Torti with tabby stripes)

Purple Dusk
Purple Dusk
February 12, 2020 12:52 am

Thanks Flamecloud!

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
February 12, 2020 5:07 pm
Reply to  Purple Dusk

You’re welcome!

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🥳 New year's Sandy hopes for the best in 2021! 🎉 (Sandpaw/frost)
February 11, 2020 11:26 am

Great job Flame!

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
February 12, 2020 5:07 pm

Thanks!

Turtlepaw/ dapple. (Turtle.)
Turtlepaw/ dapple. (Turtle.)
February 11, 2020 5:56 pm

Ooh, cool article, Flamecloud.

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
February 12, 2020 5:08 pm

Thank you!

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🔅✨It's a wild Doctor Strange Addict! (Brambleheart)✨🔅
February 11, 2020 11:54 pm

Nice article, these are so interesting! My cat Merp was a torbie 💖

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
February 12, 2020 5:08 pm

Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy them! Torbies are to pretty 🙂

🔅✨It's a wild Doctor Strange Addict! (Brambleheart)✨🔅
🔅✨It's a wild Doctor Strange Addict! (Brambleheart)✨🔅
February 12, 2020 10:17 pm

They are beautiful 😀

Willowkit
Willowkit
February 13, 2020 2:59 pm

Cool article Flamecloud!

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Mosspaw(shade)/Mossie/₩ɆⱠ₵Ø₥Ɇ ₮Ø ₮ⱧɆ Đ₳Ɽ₭ ₣ØⱤɆ₴₮
February 20, 2020 4:38 pm

That’s what I headcanon now, thats how Ill draw fanart, unless Im trying to be accurate to the books, GENETICS ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

raven will eat your bread (raventhornpaw)
raven will eat your bread (raventhornpaw)
February 22, 2020 9:40 pm

Just saying, Sandstorm and her parents are genetically incorrect.

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
February 22, 2020 10:59 pm

1.) Redtail and Brindleface are no longer her cannon parents. She is a floating blob in the warriors family page on the official website, and has no parents listed on the wiki
2.) Redtail, as a tortoiseshell tom, is incapable of siring kits, so she would have to be adopted anyway

So, I just say she works 😛

firepaw
firepaw
September 15, 2020 7:39 pm

thats crazy! i never knew tortoishell males couldnt have children.

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September 15, 2020 7:51 pm
Reply to  firepaw

very rarely there’s one that can, but often they’re sterile :c

Flamecloud the Earth Seal
Flamecloud the Earth Seal
September 15, 2020 7:54 pm

Yup, they have too many X chromosomes, which is what would allow a tom to be a torti but usually makes them sterile.

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