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!!!!
|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
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!
Then you have PATTERN
Each pattern has its own genes that work independently from any of
the other genes!
|These are COLORS
"Other" Colors I don't work with and
won't talk much about
|These are PATTERNS
(Classic, Mackerel, Spotted)
(ALL cats have Tabby Pattern genes)
Commonly referred to as "Tabby"
(allows pattern to show)
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)
Color-point or Himalayan
|KaDoKits Exotics presents the Color Chart...
On this page I am showing different ways to look at color.
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.