The Many Colors of a Cat's Coat

Cat Color Facts


Cat breeders and fanciers assign certain personality characteristics to certain colors of like breed, but this shall be discounted. Chances are whatever type of cat has chosen you would develop to your personal specifications.

Both shorthair and longhair cats come in just about the same colors, beginning with self colors. Having a few exceptions, all longhaired cats should bear orange or copper eyes to be qualified as show material. Of course, these are the most prized. Yellow eyes are allowable in some of the short-haired breeds. Himalayans, Siamese, and Whites should have blue eyes, and some cats could even be show material with "odd eyes," i.e., eyes of two unlike colors. Green eyes are widely associated with wildcats so they're not accepted in show cats, but green-eyed household pets can be enchanting.

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Solid-colored cats start with the aristocrat of all, white. Even so, white cats with blue eyes are sometimes deaf. The deaf cat can live a rather unrestricted life in the country, but the hazards of city life might prove dangerous if he can not hear. The deaf cat will react to vibrations on the floor if you would like to get his attention, and he will acknowledge certain manual signs, but he does not read lips. He can learn to understand hand movements for suggestions like "Come," "Eat," or "No."

White cats oftentimes have orange eyes. A white cat with any eye color except blue won't be deaf. White cats having odd eyes, one blue and one orange, could be deaf on the side with the blue eye, but would hear with the ear above the orange one. If a blue-eyed white cat has even a couple of colored hairs on his body, his hearing would be normal. Since cats normally have extremely sensitive auditory skills, it won't be difficult to determine whether your blue-eyed white is deaf.

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Black is perhaps the second most common solid color. Black cats fade in the sun, giving the coat a rusty haze and making them unsuitable as show material. They also generate a lot of electricity, especially in cold weather. Actually, if you stroke your black cat in a dark room when the temperature is just about 0° F and the air is dry, you'll see sparks. Put this on your list of entertaining matters to do throughout the next winter blackout.

Other self, or solid, colors of cats are cream, blue, red, brown, lilac, chocolate, and silver. Solid colors apparently do not take a bean of knowledge to describe or identify. As a matter of fact, you probably already recognize whether you have a black or a red cat.

Aside from the cat’s solid colors, there are also sex-linked colors. These are the tortoiseshells, the blue-creams, and the calicos. Due to the white dominance, calicos are more popular than tortoise-shells. Through the mystery of genetics, they're mostly female. There is an occasional male born, but it would perhaps be sterile. These lovely species have been developed by the breeders for their strange coats and coloring. The blue-creams are well patched up in America, but a British blue-cream is brindled having no solid patches. The tortoiseshell is patched in three colors, red, cream, and black. Each patch is clear-cut with no overlapping or tabby markings, and the colors are bright. They oftentimes have a cream- or red-colored blaze running up the nose and forehead (a blaze is an attractive mark that seems to divide e head in half). The calico has a patched coat of black, red, and cream, similar to the tortoiseshell, but it is interlaced with white. The white comes out on the chest, belly, legs, feet, and in the blaze on the nose.

The true red tabby cat is occasionally mistaken as a ginger or marmalade cat. In fact the ginger cat's fur is less red and more sandy-orange, but the ginger cat it’s genuinely a ginger cat, not an imitation red tabby.

Other coloring, albeit sort of unusual in domestic house cats, is known as ticking. This indicates a tip of color at the very end of the cat's fur. Red or silver ticking is seen at times in certain varieties of show cats.

You can now pick the color or colors that most nearly describe your cat. Due to the dominant white gene that prevails in cats, yours would very possibly have a portion of white in his coat, especially on his underside, but he would carry patches of his past on the other parts of his body. His colorful history would be exhibited for you to read.


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