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Old 10-14-2011, 09:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Smoke tabby kitten or fever coat?

I'm fostering this cute little girl. Since I've had her (age 3 weeks to now, about 7 weeks) she has remained this exact same color. She's kind of a charcoal grey with black tabby stripes at first glance, but if you examine her, she has a bright white/silver undercoat. Her color hasn't changed at all, if anything, the black tabby stripes have gotten more pronounced. I have no idea what either parent looked like, but her brother is all black.

Do you think this baby will stay about the same color? I'd call her a smoke tabby now, she seems to fit the definition. Or do you think she'll shed out to black?

At about 3 weeks (she's the one looking up):


And more recent...at about 7 weeks.
Here she is in comparison to her pure black brother. You can see the silver undercoat.


Here you can see the tabby stripes on her face and legs. She has them all over, but you can't really see from this picture. Her eyes probably aren't done changing color yet, but right now they're a dark greyish green.


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Old 10-14-2011, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I noticed in your other post.....and I was thinking "Looks like a Black Smoke". Had quite a few of those kitties in the past.
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100% black smoke.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks guys...I was 95% confident that she is indeed black smoke. She's a pretty textbook definition of it, but I'd never seen one as a kitten, so I wasn't positive.

Her and her brother go to their new home tomorrow, but they'll be back to the clinic (I work as a vet tech) for vaccinations, getting fixed, and check ups and such, so I'll get to see them grow up
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I should have mentioned that black smokes often show the "shadow" tabby markings, but they disappear when the adult coat comes in.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't know, from my Googling, it seems like some adult cats keep the tabby marks...




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Old 10-17-2011, 06:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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yay! She does look like a true black smoke! Pretty baby!
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I don't know, from my Googling, it seems like some adult cats keep the tabby marks...



Smoke Egyptian Mau's - they have to keep their spotted pattern
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes, it's true shorthair black smokes do seem to keep tabby striping, tho the purebreds (except for the Egyptian Maus) are not supposed to have them. Longhairs don't in their winter coat, but may have faint ones in a summer coat. A true black smoke is supposed to be a black cat, with only the white under coat appearing when coat is parted or in areas where it's naturally short and white peeks through. But often the color is a dark charcoal grey.

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