A cat has stunned its owner and the internet after showing off its camouflage skills.
Jack Jack is an indoor cat who often tries to escape, but thanks to the building’s striking monochrome carpet design, he can hide fairly easily.
The image has gained viral attention since it was posted on Reddit’s r/ThereIsNoCat subreddit, where it received over 11,000 upvotes.
“Jack likes to try to escape the apartment because he is an indoor cat,” said owner Lauren Newsweek. “He managed to escape when I was bringing in my groceries.”
She told how black and white cat Jack Jack almost gave her a “heart attack” when she looked for him and eventually spotted him on the carpet.
“It’s done this a few times before, so it only took me a minute to find it, but I looked at it first because it blended in so well with the carpet,” Lauren said.
On the subreddit, the image garnered a lot of attention from people who were amazed by the tricky image.
“This is good,” said Reddit user Feelthecoolbreeze. “Put the little Houdini together.”
While Misfit-for-Hire wrote: “Damn that’s a pretty impressive disguise,” and another added: “Catflouge.”
“The hallway is the natural environment for a tuxedo cat. They are ambush predators,” said scottlewis101. “They are also skilled with small arms. Be careful. That could have ended badly.”
Black and white domestic cats like Jack Jack are often referred to as “tuxedo cats” because their coloring is reminiscent of a formal tuxedo outfit.
A cat’s coat color is primarily determined by its genetic makeup. Two main genes control black and white colors in domestic cats: the agouti gene (A) and the white spotting gene (S).
The exact reason these cats evolved into black and white cats is not clear, but is likely due to genetic variation and the random accumulation of genes during reproduction. The colors generally do not provide any particular survival or camouflage benefits – unless, of course, there is a black and white carpet nearby.
“I posted on Reddit because he was the best concealed he’s ever been and I wanted to share it to show other people how well hidden he was,” Lauren said. “However, I didn’t expect it to be the best post ever in the sub! I’m glad other people were as impressed with his stealth skills as I was.”
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