The Bangkok Mocha cat story began with an accidental discovery. I was working on improving the health of my American Burmese and to do this, I was importing Burmese cats from Thailand. My contact in Thailand reached out and said he had rescued a mother cat and her three kittens. The mom was a tortie of some sort and she had two sable daughters and one tortie sable daughter. He asked if I wanted them and I said sure, send them to me. Once they got Washington, DC, I had them genetically tested to see what their coat color genetics were. At the time, I was using the UC Davis Feline lab. When I got their results back, I was perplexed. Their genetic coat color tests revealed they were black cats. However, The three cats were anything but black. I called Davis and said, "Hey, the coat color panel must be wrong, because, these three cats are not black." What ensued can best be described as bad customer service at its finest. I asked Davis for an explanation, the Davis test results said my cats were black, and yet I had three brown cats looking at me. Their response was no response. Davis would just not respond to the question. The office manager there was real unpleasant and the more I asked for an explanation, the nastier she got. Davis was absolutely not going to explain why their test said the cats were black, despite the fact they were not black. At a point, I just gave up ever getting an explanation from them. 10 years later, I have yet to hear from them.
A friend suggested Langford University in England was a more professional organization and I should get them to test the cats. I then sent the saliva samples to the feline genetic testing lab in England. I told them about the fiasco with Davis, and asked if they could give me an explanation. The feline geneticist at Langford not only looked at the tests and the cats but communicated what was going on! He said "obviously they are not black cats. They just posses a coat color gene that has yet to be identified, that gives a false black cat reading on a coat color panel test." I had my answer. The three brown cats that tested out as black cats carried a coat color gene as of yet identified. The answer was there was no answer. They were just inherited a mutation that had yet to be identified.
In the mean time, I kept breeding these cats, and was able to import more cats from Thailand that carried the gene. I now have a genetically diverse breeding colony of these cats. I decided to call them Bangkoks, because the first three discovered came from Bangkok. It seemed only appropriate they should be named after the place to which they were native. As time passed, the gene was identified. It was called (cm) or mocha. So, I decided to call them Bangkok Mocha's.
Bangkok Mocha's exist in three states. They can carry two of the Mocha genes (Bangkok Mocha). They can carry one Mocha gene and one Burmese gene(Bur-Mocha). And they can carry one Mocha gene and one Siamese gene(Sia-Mocha). These three base colors come in sable, blue, champagne, and platinum forms. It's a wild combination of new cat coat colors. Scroll down and you can see the mocha gene playing out in its various genetic combinations.
Champagne Bankgok-Mocha on the right
sable Burmocha kitten
BB cbcm dd)
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