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What 'colour' am I?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Spirited_Violet, Apr 21, 2021.


  1. Spirited_Violet

    Spirited_Violet PetForums Member

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    I wanted to ask a few times but she seemed to change colour as she grew, but what colour would you say Freya is? She looks like a warm grey mixture in some lights. But other than the black stripe running down her back it seems to be only the tips of her fur that have any colour to them.

    The only thing I could distinguish is that she's a mackeral tabby.

    Thanks in advance!
     

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  2. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    No idea but she is just beautiful
     
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  3. Maurey

    Maurey Maine Coon Madness

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    Do you have any photos of her parents? If you part her fur, especially along one of her stripes, are the roots white, or just lighter? I’m almost certain she’s a silver tabby :> It’s the same gene that causes smoke in solid cats.
     
  4. Spirited_Violet

    Spirited_Violet PetForums Member

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    Oooh! I did look into the silver colouration but there seems to be a lot less said of it.

    The roots of her fur are the same cream colour as the colour on her chest/ neck area.

    And I do have pics of her mom...somewhere beneath the million pics of her:Hilarious
     
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  5. Bethanjane22

    Bethanjane22 PetForums VIP

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    I class my Luna as a silver tabby, her markings have become quite prominent over time. When she was a very little kitten she was very dark in colour. Her sisters fur is just dark at the tips and is all white underneath, whereas Luna has marking thats run quite deep into her fur. I’ve attached some pictures of how her coat has developed overtime.

    There’s also a picture of the litter. They’re all different colours!

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  6. Maurey

    Maurey Maine Coon Madness

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    I'd be inclined to say she's a silver tabby then, yes. Does she have any specific breed ancestry? Unlike blue, caused by the dilute gene, the silver series is uncommon in cats without fairly recent pedigree ancestry.

    You can read more about the silver series here http://messybeast.com/chinchillas.htm
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    This part of the diagram on the site is a good rule of thumb, though, of course, the pigmentation is usually a lot more subtle than is illustrated above
     
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  7. Maurey

    Maurey Maine Coon Madness

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    I'm very sorry, still in the process of learning which kitty is which (i.e. which cat is named what, they're fairly easy to tell apart, haha)! But, imo, your darker kitty is a silver tabby, while the lighter one is shaded silver, which is why her colour is so much lighter.
     
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  8. QOTN

    QOTN PetForums VIP

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    Freya, Luna and Nova are all silver tabbies. Freya and Luna are mackerel pattern and Nova is shaded as @Maurey has said. She has the addition of the wide band gene or genes that cause the pattern to migrate to the tips of the hair. She is still obviously a tabby but a tipped cat does not really have any pattern at all, just colour at the ends of the hair. As has been seen, silver develops as they mature.

    The reference to smoke in the diagram is the effect of the inhibitor gene on a self cat
     
  9. Mrs Funkin

    Mrs Funkin Human mother to Oscar

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    I have no idea (and @QOTN is the font of knowledge) but Oh! Look at them as kittens. For goodness sakes, they are too delicious for words :)
     
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