Before you read this post, make sure you know how to read a kitty’s genome.
Here’s what I think. Rarity in traits is fleeting. Alien eyes are valuable for like a day, and then everyone moves on to the next thing. But purebred cats–cats that have the same gene in D0,R1,R2,R3–will have rarity that lasts. They will have predictability: you KNOW what trait they will pass on. This predictability will come in handy when trying to create fancy cats.
Here’s what we know:
1. Cats have 1 dominant trait and 3 recessive traits for each cattribute. We know the probabilities of each one getting passed on.
2. To create a fancy cat, you must breed a cat with a certain combination of traits. Some fancy cats require a secret invisible cattribute that we’re calling the wild gene. There are different kinds of wild genes, just like there are different kinds of eyes.
3. We know where to find the wild genes in the DNA and how to identify them. Right now, there are very few wild genes in the gene pool.
4. Gen 0 cats will slowly introduce new wild genes to the gene pool.
Here’s the chain of events I predict:
1. The wild genes being released will produce new fancy cats when combined with the right blend of other cattributes.
2. Fancy cats will be rare and visually appealing, so they will be valuable. People will rush to create them.
3. As people attempt to breed a specific blend of cattributes, the most valuable commodity will be PREDICTABILITY. For example, if you breed two cats together that are both purebred googly eyes (googly in all four genes spots), you are 100% guaranteed to get a kitten with googly eyes. So, if you’re trying to breed a fancy cat and need specific genes for it, you’ll have much better odds using cats that are purebred in certain traits. At the very least, you’d want both D0 and R1 to carry the gene you’re trying to pass on. (A cat with the same gene in D0/R1 has a 93.8% of contributing that gene, whereas a purebred cat has a 100% chance.)
4. Right now, we’re calling Wild_D (01100) the “SantaClaws” gene because we know it’s required to make SantaClaws. BUT let’s say that months down the road, after several new traits are released, we discover that Wild_D can be combined with new cattributes to create a different fancy cat. For example, Pumpkin + FlameEyes + Wild_D = Jack O’ Lantern Cat.
5. Everyone will be scrambling to make Jack O’ Lantern Cat. But at that point in time, we’ll have LOTS of fancy genes mixed around in the gene pool. It’ll be harder to isolate and pass on Wild_D .
6. Suddenly, an old cat pops up on the siring page. He was from way back in 2017. He’s a boring-looking cat, BUT he is a purbred WILD_D cat! If you breed with this cat, you’re guaranteed at least a 50% chance of getting that Wild_D that you need for your Jack O’ Lantern cat!
7. And that, my friends, is how I think early adopters who hold on to their cats may be rewarded. They’re more likely to have cats that have purebred genes.
8. So if you have a “worthless” cat that has the same gene in D0 and R1, hold on to it for a bit. He may come in handy someday.