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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-02-2005, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Coat; is it blue or gray?

I wondered if anybody could tell me the difference between a blue shorthair and a gray shorthair kitty.
I've a foster for adoption and don't know what to call his coat, he's deep gray, likely a mixed breed though looks like a Korat. Here's Jerome page in catster http://www.catster.com/pet_page.php?i=176040
I say 'gray' but
not sure if it should be blue, he isn't light grey but dark..thank-you! I say Korat because he reminds me of that breed rather than a British blue, he's rather petite and delicate, with round amber eyes, his meow is different, sort of like "mee-ee-ee", "roo-roo", if angry he goes "eeeeeee, aoo,woooo", something like that, rather chilling but he's such a sweetie, anyways should he be blue or gray?
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There is no such thing as a gray cat.
That is, there is no color in cats that is called gray, although there are many colors in cats that could be describes as gray (and that is way we have different names of them, so we can keep them apart).

The cat in your picture is definetly a blue cat.

Other cat colors that can sometimes be described as gray by people who doesn't know their real names are:

Brown macarel tabby:


Lilac:



Black smoke:



Black silver classic tabby:


And, of course, blue:



So, you see, there are many kinds of "gray" in cats, bot none of them are actually called gray! AND the colors are called the same wether it is a purebred cat with pedigree or a backyard "nobreed" cat with unknown background.
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He's a very nice looking cat, Rosalie. I hope he gets a great home soon!




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"Grey" cats are techincally "blue" cats in the cat fancy.
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They are interchangeable -- but breeders or show people or anyone like that will say blue. But there is no difference.
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Thank-you for a wealth of knowledge ! Yes, I have heard of many gray
cats_and probably b/c English isn't my native language either, it was confusing_so Jerome is blue, I like that. And now I know what a lilac cat looks like..thank-you again!
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I never knew that there's no such thing as grey. So does "Grey Tabby" still exist? Or would that be the "Black Silver Classic Tabby"?
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It would be a blue tabby, probably. Depending on what you are thinking of.
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I never knew that there's no such thing as grey. So does "Grey Tabby" still exist? Or would that be the "Black Silver Classic Tabby"?
Jo, there is no such thing as "grey tabby". It would probably be a black silver tabby or a brown/black tabby (they are both the same, only the first one has silver, wich makes the color look more "cold").
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It would be a blue tabby, probably. Depending on what you are thinking of.
Yes! That too!
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