Cat Colors: Calico, Tortoiseshell, and Tabby

Cats come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Apart from black or white, cats, solid colors of cats are cream, blue, brown, red, orange, lilac, chocolate, and silver.

Cats come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.  Apart from black or white, cats, solid colors of cats are cream, blue, brown, red, orange, lilac, chocolate, and silver.  Cats in solid colors obviously are not difficult to distinguish or identify. You likely realize already whether your cat is orange or a black cat.

In addition to the cat’s solid colors, cat colors may also be associated with gender. These colors are the tortoiseshells, calicos, and the blue-creams.  Because of the white dominance, calicos have gained more popularity than tortoiseshell-cats. By genetic mystery, most of them are female. If an occasional male is born, it would possibly be sterile. These adorable species were developed by the cat breeders for their unusual coats and coloring. The blue-creams are well patched in the U.S., but a British blue-cream is tabby with no solid patches.

The tortoiseshell-cat is come in three-color patches, red, cream, and black. Every patch is brightly colored and distinct without any overlapping or tabby markings. They frequently have a cream- or red-colored blaze extending up the nose and brow (a blaze is a distinct mark that appears to divide the head in half)

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The calico has patches of black, red, and cream coat like the tortoiseshell, but it is laced with white. The white appears on the belly, chest, legs, feet, and in the blaze around the nose.

The true red tabby cat is sometimes misidentified as a ginger or marmalade cat.  Actually, the ginger cat’s fur is or a lesser red and more like a sandy-orange, but the ginger cat is truly a ginger cat, not a faux red tabby.

Other color, albeit rather unusual in domestic house cats, is called ticking. This suggests a tip of color at the very tip of the cat’s fur. Red or silver ticking can sometimes be seen in particular breeds of show cats.

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  1. SharifaMcFarlane

    On January 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Ginger is a cute colour.

  2. Judy Sheldon

    On January 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Love your cat pictures.

  3. AmosTheCat

    On January 26, 2012 at 1:52 am

    We have an all black cat with a brown ticking who also has a mane such as the cat in the bottom picture, only more pronounced. When she was small her very long hair was wild and she was almost lost in that crazy mane. But she has grown into it now. Pictures of her when she was young show a ball of black fur. If you look closely you can find a pair of eyes peering somewhere out of the black ball. She is no show cat, she was born under a friend’s porch, but she is very interesting looking.

  4. Hettie

    On January 27, 2012 at 3:46 am

    A really interesting article, one of the cat’s I had as a pet was a calico male he was really good company.Then there was a blue cat which liked sleeping in plant pots :)

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