Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Oxelösund, Sweden
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.