|Originally posted by Crazy-Cat-Lover
Say there was a female black and white cat that mated with an male orange cat. Most of the babies would come out Calico. If the mother was straight black, the babies would be tortoishells.
Its not really thats simple, feline genetics are very complicated and while I dont know an awful lot about them I do have a color chart that tells me some things, lol. Depending on what a cat is "masking" you can get a number of things. For instance, a black x black doesnt just get you blacks, you can also get blues. A black to a red doesnt mean you will get torties. Here is what I know:
If you breed a black male to a red, cream, torti or blue cream female you can get a torti or blue cream, put white on one of the parents and you can get a - and white
If you breed a blue male to a red, cream, torti or blue cream female you can get blue creams from all and torties from red and torti. Again, add white if you want a calico.
IF you breed a red male to a black, blue, torti or blue cream female you can get torties and blue creams from all of the females.
If you breed a cream male to a black, blue, tortie or blue cream female you can get blue creams from all females and torties from the black and torti.
Now that I have typed blue so much the word has lost all meaning and is starting to look a little funny, lol. Hope this helps some.