CC or Copy Cat was the first cat to be cloned 18 years ago. Born on December 22, 2001, CC, a brown and white tabby, has defied the usual science that predicts that clones die young. CC was cloned at Texas A&M University, and was adopted shortly thereafter by Shirley Kraemer. CC’s surrogate mother was a tabby, but her genetic donor, Rainbow, was a calico domestic shorthair. The difference in hair color between CC and Rainbow is due to chance.
In 2006, CC was also the first cloned cat to give birth to her own litter, of which three survived, Tess, Tim and Zip. “CC has always been a perfectly normal cat and her kittens are just that way, too,” says Shirley Kraemer, CC’s owner. “We’ve been monitoring their health and all of them are fine, just like CC has been for the past five years.”
Some say that CC is one of the most famous cats in the world.