Cat Colors

Cat Colors
Cat Colors
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Mackerel. Most often, this color designation is found in American felinological literature. Translated into Russian, "mackerel" is a striped fish, so the Americans use the word "mackerel" when referring to brindle color.

Red (red) cat, photo photo of a cat
Red (red) cat, photo photo of a cat

Smoky (or "smoke") - half the length of each hair is colored black, and the rest is white. For smoky color, a white collar and white tufts of hair in the ears are required.

When stationary, the cat appears black and only when moving is a silvery undercoat visible. The nose and paw pads are necessarily black or black-brown. Kittens often have stripes on the fur or the coat is unevenly colored, but with age, everything returns to normal.

White cat, photo photo of the cat
White cat, photo photo of the cat

The smoky color of cats (also called "black smoke") is popular with Persian cats. Other smoky colors: blue, brown, purple, red, cream are found in different breed groups.

Blue color of cats. Under certain genetic changes (reduction or partial dilution of the pigment), the black color turns into blue. All shades of blue are allowed, but lighter shades are preferred. The color should be clean and uniform, without shades and hairs of a different color. The nose and paw pads are bluish-gray. Eye color, depending on the breed, is orange or green.

Wild (tabby) color, photo photo of a cat
Wild (tabby) color, photo photo of a cat

There are breeds where only the blue color of the coat is permissible - Korat, Russian blue. In other breeds from the color options provided by the standard.

Red (or ginger color). Auburn color is most desirable, with well-dyed hair to the roots, without a pattern and light spots. However, light shades on the forehead or legs are allowed, as it is very difficult to find perfect, evenly colored coats among ginger cats. The nose and paw pads in this color are brick red. The eyes are copper colored or dark orange. Red Persian cats look spectacular.

Cream - the color can be of various shades, from the palest to the thickest. Clean, pastel colors are preferable, without reddish shades. Cream cats should not be striped, any marks and spots are unacceptable. The creamy color coats each hair evenly down to the root.

British shorthair cat (blue color), photo photograph of a cat
British shorthair cat (blue color), photo photograph of a cat

The undercoat should not be light or white. The nose and paw pads are pink. The eyes are orange or copper colored, which goes well with the creamy tone. From the point of view of genetics, the cream color is nothing more than a diluted form of red (red) color.

Tortoiseshell cats
Tortoiseshell cats

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Creamy blue. Light blue and cream are mixed throughout the body and limbs. Even an insignificant spot of one color against an even background of another is fixed by breeders as a creamy blue color; a speck of cream color on the forehead with the ideal color of the entire coat in a cat of the exotic shorthair breed - "exotic").

Black cat, photo cat picture
Black cat, photo cat picture

The nose and paw pads are pink, bluish gray, or pink with bluish gray spots. The most appreciated are light colors. In breeding, this color is most often found in Persian, Oriental, British breeds exclusively in cats.

Chairman of the selection and breeding commission of the FAR, expert-felinologist Tamara Emelyanova, source the newspaper "Cat and Dog"

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