Queen Bohemian Rhapsody x Queen Brian May
4th February 2018
Some more photos of our gorgeous little rat babies!
2nd February 2018
Even though Mercury and May (the mothers of Rhapsody and Brian respectively) are wild rats and therefore unlikely to carry any genes other than "normal" Agouti, we know that there's a good chance Borogrove (the father of both Rhapsody and Brian) carries genes for self (a), chocolate (b), mink (m) and red eye dilute (r) and therefore there's a chance Rhapsody and Brian's litter might have some different varieties (i.e. colours) in it. It's too soon to say for sure, but already four of the kittens do look to have lighter eyes and skin than the others.
Assuming both Rhapsody and Brian inherited all four colour genes from their father (which of course we have no way of knowing as they'd only have one recessive copy each, but this hypothetical situation gives us the options for all their potential combinations), the possibilities are as follows:
- A- = Agouti
- A-bb = chocolate Agouti
- A-mm = cinnamon
- A-rr (also A-bbrr) = topaz
- aa = black
- aabb = chocolate
- aamm = mink
- aarr (also aabbrr) = buff
- aabbmm = coffee
- A-mmRr = Havana agouti
- A-bbmmRr = lilac Agouti (also known as lynx)
A Dozen Babies!
31st January 2018
We're delighted to announce that Rhapsody gave birth yesterday evening to twelve perfect little kittens. Early indications are that between 6 and 8 are male and the rest are female, but it's still a bit too early to be certain.
30th January 2018
With this weight gain we think that Rhapsody must SURELY be due to have her babies any time now...
28th January 2018
Well, she certainly looks like she's full of kittens!
23rd January 2018
Rhapsody continues to keep us guessing as to whether or not she's pregnant! She's gained 40g in weight since being re-introduced to Brian a couple of weeks ago which is a good sign but she isn't as big around the middle as we'd expect by this stage.
Second Time Lucky!
6th January 2018
After a previous unsuccessful mating in December, we've reintroduced Rhapsody and Brian in the hope of producing a litter this time!