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post #1 of 12
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Hope this is the right place. I am curious as to what colour my neighbours cat is, I have never seen a cat this colour, and can't find it in my cat book. She is a DSH, and I wonder if she would be classed as a cream tabby and white?

post #2 of 12
At first look, I would say cream tabby with white, but that really dark spot has me stumped. I honestly have no clue (and I'm pretty good with color/genetics).

The dark spot almost looks like a very dark cream which I've never seen. The striping is not very clear so I'm wondering if he's really a tabby - almost looks like solid cream/white.
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
At first look, I would say cream tabby with white, but that really dark spot has me stumped. I honestly have no clue (and I'm pretty good with color/genetics).

The dark spot almost looks like a very dark cream which I've never seen. The striping is not very clear so I'm wondering if he's really a tabby - almost looks like solid cream/white.
Ditto the above! I've seen a weird colorpoint with ghost classic markings where the color around the tabby markings was deep blue to pale blue (it was a blue lynx point kitten of mine after he matured).

I look forward to seeing what others say. Boy that deep red patch with the ??paler cream striped in it is confusing!

Striking kitty!
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Cat is female!! Teh dark spot is puzzling, it is more like a ginger colour. I think the cat defo has tabby in her, as she has part of the tabby M on her forehead. Will go and look at the cat again and see if I can get a clearer pic of her
post #5 of 12
It would be my first guess that the cat experienced some sort of injury at that dark spot, as coat often regrows in odd ways after the skin has been cut or scraped open.

That is an outdoor cat, right? Any possibility that she was ever mauled by a dog? That is right where such injuries occur.
post #6 of 12
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She has outdoor access, but I dont think she has ever been mauled, my neighbours would have told me - and the dogs that have lived on this street have respected the cats. A couple more pics, she doesn't actually have teh tabby M, but some odd spots where it woudl be, she actually has 2 of those dark ginger spots and her tail has some stripes (again, the darker shade) - taken a pic, but the lighting is a bit wrong, and made it look a bit too red.



post #7 of 12
She a cream and white, no tabby mark or her.

And the dark patch his more of a red color, might just be a chromosone fluke, since the color cream is the dilute of the color red.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Cheers. She does have some very faint stripes, suppose they could just be ghost markings (her grey and white cat has ghost stripes in his tail). I didn't think you could see cream and ginger/red on the same cat, with one being a dilute gene and one being a non-dilute gene. Mind you, she was dumped in a box on my neighbours doorstep, so no idea on parents or siblings.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by booktigger
Mind you, she was dumped in a box on my neighbours doorstep, so no idea on parents or siblings.
She could have been injured previous to this and no one would ever have known.

It's just looks exactly like a textbook example of how hair color is often distorted in the one specific location after an injury. The hair always grows back a very deep, dark version of what it previously was, especially with dilutes. Red diluted is cream so it just made sense to me.

I think it is a lot more likely than some freak genetic thing- walks like a duck and all .
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well, she was dumped as a tiny kitten, so a possibility, but wouldn't have thought it likely - if a dog had mauled her as a kitten, I doubt she would have survived, esp with where those spots are.
post #11 of 12
Red and cream cats will almost always have some striping - its very hard to get those colors as a solid. But if it was a tabby the stripes would be more noticable (even in a cream tabby).

The darker would be what breeders call "hot" cream. Where the cream is darker and borderline red - its definately not a red spot. Red goes from pale red to very dark bright red - its more of a hot cream.
post #12 of 12
My cousins have a part Persian exactly the same colour. I can't remember what we put it down to but very very interesting!
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