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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-01-2005, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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What would you call this?

Here is one of the kittens i had born last week but i have never ever in my life seen a cat colored this way. The mother is a solid tortie and the father is just and unknow sperm doner lol.



We had two born like that, both girls, one has a few more spots then the other. I'm just wondering if this color/pattern has some sort of a name.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-01-2005, 11:54 PM
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I definitely see orange and black.. is there white, too? If so, it looks like she could be a calico. Once the kitten ages a bit, the colors should become more prominent.

(Since I see three colors I'm assuming that it's a female.)
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She's going to beautiful! Calico, but predominantly ginger!
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2005, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Niether one has any white on them at all. I know the paws in this picture look white but it was only because of the flash. They are actually just a lighter orange. Doesn't there have to be some white for it to be a calico??
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In that case, she's tortoiseshell, whatever she is, she's beautiful!
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What colors are the parents? I would guess that this kitten is geneticly a red cat, but with some "abnormal" pigmentetion. When red pigment clod together it looks black (sort of like a mole).

But, there is a possibility that this kitten is in fact a tortoiseshell with almost only red pigmentation. If she is then she is really a rare one, I have never seen it before. I have seen the opposite many times, i e a tortie with almost only black pigmentation and very little red. But there is nothing thats says that the opposite would be impossible.

The only way to know the truth (if it cannot be solved by looking at the parents, if she has one black parent and one red she simply MUST be a tortie), is to look at her offspring. If she has both red and black offspring, then she really is a tortie. If she has only red, the she probably is geneticly red.
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You can't possibly be suggesting that this crossbreed kitten should be bred from?
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I sure HOPE she won't be having any "offspring"... She is beautiful and her color is rare, but this is absolutely no reason to breed a moggie.

Is it just me, or does this kitten look like it's going to have white feet? Can't see the face either -- it will be more obvious when the kitten grows.
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2005, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Oh no she surely won't be bred. She'll be spayed and put in a pet home as will her sister and brothers. And i don't believe she'll end up with white feet. The picture is very missleading when it comes to the feet. The flash made them look almost totally white but they are actually orange and striped like the rest of the body just in a lighter shade. I will get better pics of her and her sister soon.
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Yay! Thanks for replying. I'd love to see pics as this little girl grows up -- I hope you'll stick around.
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