I feel like I post such random threads on this forum...
Maybe this belongs on the breeding board, but I feel like that board is more specific to breeding, but I'm just curious.
I know cats' coloring has something to do with genetics because most Calicos are female because of something to do with the chromosomes.
But it makes me curious because I've seen whole litters of black and black and white kittens from a black mommy cat (and I'm assuming black daddy cat), like my first cat, Sylvester. all his siblings were black, and he was the only one with white on him (that's why I picked him- because he was different... not only in color but also personality
But other cats seem to give birth to wide range of colorings in one litter. Like my Callie and Puffy. From what I remember, their mom was a brown tabby. No one knew who the dad was because she was a stray cat from the neighborhood that someone took in because she was pregnant. But she had 4 kittens- two were calico, one was tabby/torbie, and one was solid gray. So how did this cat give birth to kittens of such a wide array of colors?
Callie is one of the calicos we took home, and Puffy was the torbie/tabby. I'm still not sure whether Puffy was tabby or a torbie... there's a picture of her in the "meet my kitty" board. But she had a white stomach, chest, and chin, white paws, but the rest of her was brownish gray with dark black tabby stripes on her body and legs, and black rings on her tail. She had small splotches of orange with darker orange stripes (small splotches on her face, on her legs, and the border of her white fur on her stomach). So I guess that sort of makes sense because her mom was a tabby and her sisters were calicos. But where did the random solid gray kitten come from? lol.