I figured breeders know more about coloring and markings. I had never even heard of the term ticked tabby until I joined TCS. I've read about it but am a bit confused. The two kittens I am wondering about have some faded stripes on the limbs and verrrry faint stripes on their lower sides/belly when they stretch out, but the rest of their coat seem almost a solid black with ticks at the end. I was reading that with stripes all the way through, even when ticked they are still considered mackerel. Just wondering if they actually fall into the ticked category or if they are considered mackerels. Here's pics!! Hercules is darker, with the tips of his fur being silver and the line down his back going completely black. Ares tips are mainly silver but are golden down the line on his back.