Imagine my shock when I encountered a calendar (last year’s Cat Gallery) that implied that most black cats are not actually black, but brown. I felt defensive on behalf of my bear, whose name Kemi comes from the Ancient Egyptian word for black, “Kemet”, which incidentally is also the name of Egypt – the black soil of the Nile in contrast to the surrounding red desert. Did we mis-name our bear?
Luckily, we have a feline geneticist in our midst who can get to the bottom of this question and help settle Kemi’s identity issues. Well, really my identity issues on his behalf, because he is a happy bear regardless of the color of his fur. We at the Miao Chronicles are greatly honored that Oldcat of ThreeCatYard has chosen to tackle Kemi’s question. Professor Tashi highly recommends Oldcat’s informative and accessible analysis, and warns students that there may be a pop quiz later.