Yaaa, she has a white undercoat, and her fur is grey next to skin, she has stripes that are now appearing...Oh my gosh, Penelope looks just like my Maya!! Is she smoke coloring, with a white undercoat? Or just solid black..... either way, she is beautiful!
Hey guess what...you're not the only one!! I have a black smoke cat too. He has very strong ghost tabby markings, which is another rare thing about him. His name is Jack -- I have lots of pictures of him in my gallery -- I'll post some. The flash makes him look lighter than he is and you see more contrast. He had to have his legs shaved a while back and it was so funny because they were white! I love to pet him the wrong way so I see the white ripple. I also have a shaded silver torbie -- I agree that it's fun to see something different -- they get compliments wherever they go! lol. Thanks for posting that site -- it was awesome! EVerything I read fit my cats to a tee. Jack's sister is a silver, and it's true about him performing more tricks and playing games. It's also true that he has bright gold eyes while his sister's are green, just like it said on the site! Thanks again.firelightsj said:http://www.sarendel.com/black_smoke.html
This is a website I found about black smoke cats.... I was very interested in finding out more about them when I first got Maya. For those of you who haven't actually seen one, every individual piece of fur is white on the bottom half (closest to the skin) and black on the top half.... which is why they appear black all over until they move, or you run your fingers through their fur, and you can see sort of a rippling effect where the fur parts.
I think every kitty is beautiful and unique in their own way, but its always fun to come across something you've never seen before!
Haha -- so true. I have a smoke cat and a shaded cat, so no matter WHICH one of them sits on my white OR black clothes, you see cat hair. Although I have to say I'm blessed -- they hardly shed at all. YAy! Another coincidence is that I wanted to name MY female Maya too. But they are my boyfriend's cats too, and he didn't like the name, so we compromised and named her Mia. Isn't this just a bonding thread!firelightsj said:Oh how great!!! I remember seeing pix of your kitties before, ForJazz, and thinking how pretty they were Now I REALLY wish I had a picture of Maya to post!! She does look exactly like Penelope, except a few months older... but her little face is just so similar too.... I showed my boyfriend that picture and he thought it WAS Maya! What's funny is that I always wanted a black cat, and when I got her, I remember thinking that it would be nice not to have to worry about white cat fur showing up on my black clothing (my childhood cat was white)..... until I realized that now her fur just shows up white on black clothes, and black on white stuff!! Haha.... oh well, small price to pay
Great -- you'll have to PM me when you do! Take care.firelightsj said:Ha... that is SO funny.... my boyfriend is actually the one who came up with the name Maya Mia is a good compromise though. And Jack was definitely on my list if the kitty I got was a boy... although I may actually have to save that... I've always loved that name for a little boy. I also saw from your profile that you're a therapist, and I just finished up a grad program in counseling.... more coincidences Anyway, I'm going to try and get some pix posted in the next week or so!