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Are certain colors dominant in cats?

post #1 of 12
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My cat Sunshine is a black cat. She snuck out and got prego. Is black a dominant color for cats? I am not sure who the father is. I am guessing it is a tiger cat. I saw him walking around the same time my cat was out. Don't know what sex the cat is. Just assuming because he was hanging around at the same time Sunshine was out. I know in humans certain mixes of eye colors produce a certain color but was wondering if the same holds true for the color of cats. darc P.S. I think tonight is the night!!!!!
post #2 of 12
Hiya.

When my other cat at my dads had kittens and she was black and i'm not sure what the father was but she had black and gray kittens. Even one was white. If the father is the tiger cat i think your more likely get some black + white and come multicoloured.

Good luck tonight x
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by darc View Post
My cat Sunshine is a black cat. She snuck out and got prego. Is black a dominant color for cats? I am not sure who the father is. I am guessing it is a tiger cat. I saw him walking around the same time my cat was out. Don't know what sex the cat is. Just assuming because he was hanging around at the same time Sunshine was out. I know in humans certain mixes of eye colors produce a certain color but was wondering if the same holds true for the color of cats. darc P.S. I think tonight is the night!!!!!

I think there have been several questions about genetics and colors on the breeders forum...so you may want to look over the posts and even post your question there.

Katie
post #4 of 12
Black, white, red, and tabbys are dominate colors.

Cream, blue is recessive.

If two dominate colors (say both are black cats) have a litter and you have 3 blacks and 1 blue, you know that both parents are carrying the dilute blue color.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Black, white, red, and tabbys are dominate colors.

Cream, blue is recessive.

If two dominate colors (say both are black cats) have a litter and you have 3 blacks and 1 blue, you know that both parents are carrying the dilute blue color.
when you say blue do you mean grey?? 4 of my 5 kittens were born black from a black and white momma, 1 is grey
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
That is really interesting. I can't wait to see what Sunshine has. Thanks guys.
post #7 of 12
Yes grey is considered "blue" in the cat fancy.

Here's some others:

Blue - grey color (dark to light)
Red - orange (deep orange/ginger to lighter orange)
Cream - dilute of the red - its a creamy/beige looking color
Brown tabby- can range from dark black/brown color to warm coffee color brown
Calico - white cat with patches of black and red
Tortoiseshell - intermingled colors of black/red - blended together
Dilute Calico - white cat with patches of blue and cream
Dilute Tortie or BlueCream - same as tortie but with blue/cream mixed
post #8 of 12
wishing sunshine luck and hope all goes well , i think tonight is the night for lilly aswell she's seem's really different finger's crossed ps lilly is a tabby and so is the local tom her last litter was all the same colour as lilly none different
post #9 of 12
good luck with the birth was wondering tho one of my kittens is black with red and white markings what would you call that is it a calico aswell??
post #10 of 12
Boots, If the cat is dominate with black and red and only the white is on the face, chest, stomach, and feet (maybe a little white on the body), then it would be considered to be a tortie and white - not a calico.

Calicos should be predominately white with color patches. Kinda a fine line between the two - I've seen cats that could be either/or
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
how did Lilly do last night? False alarm. I think Sunshine is not going to give me any clues as to when she will deliver. I saw her snooping around this morning. Couple of questions- How old is Lilly?-is this her first liter?-How big is she? Hope she is well. darc
post #12 of 12
Here is a link that describes the different patterns and colors. Patterns are Solid, Tabby, Bicolor, Tortoiseshell, Tricolor, and Colorpoint.

There are only three colors: Black, Red, White. There are additional genes which cause the density of these colors - this is where you get the creams, browns, and blues.

Males will be totally red or black(except for the genetic rarity of xxy) because they only get the color gene from the X. Black is recessive to Red.

Females can get a black gene from both and be black; a red gene from both and be red or one of each and depending on a third set of genes be tricolored (tortie, calico, etc).

When the cat has a dominant white gene, the other genes for color and pattern are still present, but they are completely hidden.
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