One of the most unique things about shorthair cat breeds is the diverse range of colors and coat patterns they’re available in. While the main shorthair cat breed colors include black, white, red, cream, brown, fawn, blue, grey, and cinnamon, genetic mutations and selective breeding have also produced gorgeous color patterns.
The 7 Shorthair Cat Colors
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Shorthair cats that are just one color are known as solid-colored felines. Sometimes, these kitties have one spot of color that differs from the rest of their coat.
Bi-colored cats have predominantly white coats with patches of a different color, including tabby or black, on their bodies. This is due to their white-spotting gene. Bi-colored cats can also be called harlequins (random spots and a colored tail), magpies (random spots), saddle (a colored saddle patch on their back), and capped.
Breeds such as the Siamese have a point-restricted pattern gene that gives them light-colored bodies with darker extremity colors, such as their paws, nose, tail, and ears. This type of gene is sensitive to temperatures, resulting in colors being restricted to cooler points of the body. Pointed cat breeds often have a light fawn-colored body with black, chocolate, or even lilac contrast points.
These cats have a unique mixture of black and red coat colors. Torties are mainly female felines.
Shaded cat coats are characterized by color at the fur’s tips with a snow-white undercoat. Shaded cats are available in smoke, shaded, and chinchilla patterns. These patterns are determined by the amount of shading on the cat’s individual hairs.
Tri-colored cats have black, white, and red or ginger color combinations. Also commonly referred to as calico, these cats can have diluted colors that present themselves as white, grey, or cream patches.
What Colors Can Cats Be?
When it comes to cat coat colors, all cats are different colors and patterns because of gene and polygene modification. All cats are essentially black or orange unless they have modified genes and polygenes that change these two basic colors. Because of selective breeding, shorthair cats can virtually be any color known to mammals.
Whether you pick a solid, bi-colored, tri-colored, or pointed-colored cat, you can rest easy knowing that your kitty’s personality is as unique as her coat pattern. Be sure to brush your cat a couple of times per week to keep her fur sleek and shining.
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