Cat Chromosomes
Note the X and Y chromosomes
at the bottom.
Determining your cat's Basic Color.

Locate your cat's color in one of the three columns below.
Whatever column your cat's color falls in, is your cat's BASIC COLOR.
It's THAT EASY!!!!
BLACK

BLUE

BROWN TABBY

BLUE TABBY


(BLACK) SILVER
TABBY
BLUE SILVER
TABBY

BLACK SMOKE

BLUE SMOKE


SHADED SILVER
SHADED BLACK
SHADED BLUE


CHINCHILLA
SHELL BLACK
SHELL BLUE


ALL ABOVE
COLORS
WITH WHITE
TORTOISESHELL

BLUE-CREAM

BROWN PATCHED
TABBY
BLUE PATCHED
TABBY

(BLACK) SILVER
PATCHED TABBY
BLUE SILVER
PATCHED TABBY

SMOKE
TORTOISESHELL
BLUE-CREAM
SMOKE

SHADED
TORTOISESHELL
SHADED
BLUE-CREAM

SHELL
TORTOISESHELL
SHELL
BLUE-CREAM

ALL ABOVE
COLORS
WITH WHITE
RED

CREAM

RED TABBY

CREAM TABBY


RED (CAMEO)
SILVER TABBY
CREAM SILVER
TABBY

RED (CAMEO)
SMOKE
CREAM SMOKE


RED (CAMEO)
SHADED
CREAM SHADED


RED (CAMEO)
SHELL
CREAM SHELL


ALL ABOVE
COLORS
WITH WHITE
Color vs. Pattern

This is another important concept to understand.
You have to remember that all the genes that come together to make
your cat look the way it does are not one big gene.

DNA is like a zipper.
During cell division and reproduction, it is like a continuous unzipping
and rezipping of the DNA from mom & dad.
Each tooth of the zipper represents an allele and a unique
characteristic.
When the two sides of the DNA zipper come together,
a tooth from each side join together and make a complete
characteristic in each offspring.

Each pair is responsible for its own characteristic!
Color has its own pair (black, red, tortoiseshell)
Dilute has its own pair (makes the above dominant colors
blue, cream, blue-cream)
(Remember, there is not a gene for "blue".  Your blue cat has genes for a "black"
cat that also has
2 dilute genes that make it look like a blue.)

The genes for color are only found on the X sex chromosomes!


=^O.O^=

Then you have PATTERN
Each pattern has its own genes that work independently from any of
the other genes!
These are COLORS

Dominant/Dense Colors

Black
Red
Tortoiseshell

Dilute Colors

Blue
Cream
Blue-cream



"Other" Colors I don't work with and
won't talk much about

Seal
Brown
Chocolate
Lilac
Cinnamon
Fawn
These are PATTERNS

Dominant Patterns

Tabby Pattern
(Classic, Mackerel, Spotted)
(ALL cats have Tabby Pattern genes)

Agouti
Commonly referred to as "Tabby"
(allows pattern to show)

Bi-Color
(with white)

Inhibitor
(silver)

Smoke, Shaded, Shell
(This works with the inhibitor gene.  A set of genes
that regulate how far up the hair shaft the silver will
go & how much color will show on the tips.
Often called Wide-band polygenes)

White

Recessive Patterns

Color-point or Himalayan
KaDoKits Exotics presents the Color Chart...

On this page I am showing different ways to look at color.
For ME,
I find it easiest to always go back to figuring out if a cat is black, red, or tortoiseshell.
Then I work my way up from there, adding the other genes present.
I hope this is of some help to you.
KaDoKits Exotics