Table of contents:
- Pure colors of cats
- Pure color or smoky?
- Smoky or shaded?
- Tabby or Tortoiseshell Tabby?
- Tortoiseshell or black?
- Blue point or purple point?
- Seal point or tortoiseshell point?
- Blue point or blue-cream point?
- Red point or cream point?
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Pure colors of cats
White - Some kittens are born with black or gray spots on the top of their heads. The spots disappear at around 9 months of age when the adult coat begins to grow back.
Black - Kittens are born black, but then often begins to appear rusty, white or silvery hairs, light collar or undercoat, until fully mature coat grows, usually at 12-18 months.
Blue - kittens may have a pronounced striping (tabby pattern) until the teenage coat is replaced by an adult.
Red - Kittens are usually born with a tabby pattern that may disappear or remain with the appearance of an adult coat. Pure red cats do not actually exist. All red cats have a tabby pattern, but some have it clearly, while others do not, and then they are considered pure red.
Cream - Kittens are often born with a faint tabby pattern, which usually disappears on the adult coat at about 9 months of age.
Pure color or smoky?
Young, non-smoky animals very often have cat hair that is much lighter than it should be. The cat looks smoky, but since neither parent has a white undercoat, the kitten cannot be smoky. With age, the coat will darken and color normally.
Smoky - They are often difficult to distinguish from pure-colored kittens, except when smoky ones have white stripes around the eyes and a lighter belly. It can take many months until you determine which kittens are smoky and which are not, since the full coat color can only appear in adulthood, that is, about 2 years. The undercoat begins to appear at 3 weeks, and by 6-8 weeks it looks speckled.
British Shorthair female cat Cameo Orpheus no Demetra BRI ds 11
Color: Red silver shaded. Kennel "Somerset"
Smoky or shaded?
1/8 of the hair length at the end is dyed - chinchilla and veiled.
1/4 of the length of the hair at the end is colored - shaded.
1/2 hair length at the end is colored - smoky.
Shaded cameo / Veiled cameo - kittens are born white, then tipping (coloring at the ends of the hair) gradually appears.
Shaded Silver / Chinchilla - Kittens are born with a dark or striped pattern, especially on the tail, which disappears by 4-6 weeks. A chinchilla kitten can be so pale that it looks white, but since neither parent is white, the kitten cannot be white. Green eyes in a white cat with silver parents is a sure sign that she is a chinchilla, not a white one.
Shaded Tortoiseshell / Veiled Tortoiseshell - A cat may look like a silvery black shaded or black chinchilla, but have a tiny spot or even a few hairs of cream or red, or have mottled black and cream paw pads.However, this difference will make your cat shaded or veiled tortoiseshell, not chinchilla or silvery black shaded.
Tabby - The tabby mark is visible from birth. Often the darker the stripes from birth, the more distinct the tabby pattern will be on the adult coat.
Tabby or Tortoiseshell Tabby?
If the cat has patches of red or cream, or two different colors on the nose or pads, it will be a tortoiseshell tabby (silver, blue or black tortie tabby)
Blue cream or blue? Kittens with the lightest coats often develop into the best blue-cream adults. But for the first few weeks, they look completely blue. On the other hand, a blue kitten with a small cream speck or just a few cream stripes or gray-cream paw pads will still be considered a blue-cream cat, not blue.
Tortoiseshell or black?
Even a small patch of red or cream on a black cat, as well as a speckled black and cream paw pads or nose, will make a cat tortoiseshell rather than black. Red / cream color may appear much later on a black kitten, Tortoiseshell & White - Kittens often have dull blue, dark cream, or off-white patches when they are small, but the color becomes bright and regular at an older age.
Red (red) color
Points - kittens are born milky white with pink paw pads, nose and ears. Point coloration develops gradually over the first few weeks. For brown (force) and blue points, colored areas appear on the nose after 10 days, but for chocolate and purple points, it may take 3 months before the slightest hint of color appears.
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Blue point or purple point?
Check your nose and paw pads. At a blue point they are bluish-gray, at a lilac point they are lavender with a pink tint,
Seal point or tortoiseshell point?
Check the nose and paws. If they are mottled dark brown with pink, the cat will be a tortoiseshell point, not a seal point.
Wild (tabby) color
Blue point or blue-cream point?
Check your nose and paw pads. If they are speckled blue and pink, the cat will be a blue-cream point, not a blue point.
Red point or cream point?
These colors can be very similar, there are bright cream and light red points. If both parents are definitely of a weakened color (blue, cream, or blue-cream), the offspring cannot be a point red.