is it possible to have identical twin cats>
I got 2 male cats from the same litter. They look exactly alike except one is slightly bigger. Could they be identical twins? Got them neutered yesterday. Both are doing fine.
on Jan 5th 2008
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It's possible but highly unlikely. The only way to know is to have their DNA was checked. When a cat comes into estrus (heat) & mates, she releases multiple eggs. She releases an egg each time she mates. But usually, she mates with a number of males (unless she's being bred & housed with just one male).
That's why kittens can look so different from the same litter. They all have the same mom but each of the kittens could have a different dad. If the same male mates more than once with the female, his sperm can fertilize each egg released. Those kittens will look the same. It's most likely the case with your two kittens.
Fraternal twins occur when 2 separate eggs are fertilized at the same time. Identical twins are just ONE fertilized egg dividing but completely splitting into two fetus. It's rare with animals but more common with humans. Twins are simply 2 babies born at the same time. This means a litter of kittens will always be twins, triplets, quads or however many there are.
Morgana - forever my soul answered on 1/5/08. Helpful? / 2
I agree with Morgana. I once had a litter of cats up for adoption (I volunteered with a humane organization) and all six cats looked and acted exactly alike. However, when they were adopted out (separately) each developed it's own personality. I think that as your cat grow, they will act less and less like "twins" and more and more like individuals.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 1/6/08. Helpful? / 2