From Calico to Tabby to Tuxedo: A Guide to Cat Colours And Patterns

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From Calico to Tabby to Tuxedo: A Guide to Cat Colours And Patterns

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Cats come in a variety of beautiful colors, many of which can be stunningly unique. When thinking of cats, the common colors of gray, black, and white may first come to mind. However, cats can come in a variety of other colors and patterns as well. Let’s take a look at the different colors and patterns of cats. 

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What are the Most Common Cat Colours?

The most common colors of cats are black, white, gray, and tabby. Although tabby is a striped pattern, it is common! Black cats are mostly solid black and can have some white on their paws, chest, or face. White cats can be solid white or have some patches of gray or black. Gray cats can range from a light gray to a dark charcoal gray and can have some tabby stripes. Tabby cats are a grayish-brown color and have distinct stripes, swirls, and spots on their fur.

Event though the most common cat colours are black, white and gray; orange (ginger) kitty cats are not uncommon. They are super sweet kitty cats and often referred to as Garfield cats.

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What are Rare Colors of Cats?

Rare colors of cats include chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, and blue. Chocolate cats are a rich brown color and can also have some white patches. Lilac cats are a silvery-gray color and can have some darker points on their nose, ears, and tail. Cinnamon cats are a warm reddish-brown color and can also have some white patches. Fawn cats are a light brown color and can also have some white patches. Blue cats are a cool silver-gray color and can have some white patches.

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Cat Patterns

In addition to the colors of cats, there are also patterns that cats can have. Calico cats are usually white with patches of black and orange, and tuxedo cats are usually white with patches of black. Both of these are striking patterns, and can be both common and rare depending on the breed of the cat.

No matter what color or pattern your cat is, they can be beautiful and unique in their own way. Each color and pattern is special in its own way and can make a pet cat even more lovable.

Cats come in many different colors, each with its own unique pattern and shade. But why is that? What makes a cat a certain color? 

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The answer lies in their genetic makeup. A cat’s fur color is determined by the combination of two pigments: eumelanin (black) and phaeomelanin (red). These pigments are determined by a number of genes and the alleles (alternative forms) those genes carry. When the alleles are combined, they can produce a range of colors and patterns, from solid black to spotted tabbies. 

A cat’s fur can also be two or more different colors thanks to the agouti gene. This gene affects how the two pigments are distributed throughout the cat’s fur. If the gene is dominant, it can produce a striped or tabby pattern. If it is recessive, it can cause color to be restricted to the cat’s face, legs, or tail. 

Understanding the science behind a cat’s fur color can help to explain why some cats have unique patterns and shades. But whatever the color and pattern, cats are undeniably adorable! 

What are the Different Patterns of Cats?

Cats come in a variety of beautiful patterns, each with its own unique charm. The four most popular patterns are tortoiseshell, calico, tuxedo, and tabby.

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What is Special About a Tortie?

Tortoiseshell cats, aka Torite, are typically all black and orange, though some may have white patches. The pattern is created by a gene that is responsible for producing patches of black and orange fur.

What do Calico Cat Patterns Look Like?

Calico cats are a combination of black, white, and orange. The pattern is created by a gene that is responsible for producing patches of white and orange fur.

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What are Tuxedo Cats?

Tuxedo cats are black and white cats, with white on their chest, belly, paws, and face. This pattern is created by a gene that is responsible for producing patches of black and white fur.

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Tabby Cats

Tabby cats are a combination of brown and tan stripes, with a lighter-colored face, belly and paws. This pattern is created by a gene that is responsible for producing patches of brown and tan fur.

No matter the pattern, cats are sure to bring joy and companionship to their owners. Whether you prefer tortoiseshell, calico, tuxedo or tabby, cats make great pets!

Sources: 

https://www.petmd.com/cat/genetics/evr_ct_cat_coat_colors_patterns

https://www.animalwised.com/cat-fur-colors-and-patterns-the-science-behind-it-2728.html

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