Not Just a Cat: Your Guide to Discovering Your Cat’s Breed

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How to Describe Your Cat’s Appearance

Even if your cat is the feline version of a mutt, you can use accepted terminology to describe its colors and patterns. According to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, eye colors can be brown, hazel, gold, green, and blue. Solid coat colors come in the following tones:

  • Red – An amber, orange or rust color

  • Cream – Off-white with a warm beige hue

  • Chocolate – Deep brown

  • Lilac – Pinkish-gray

  • Black – Midnight tone

  • Blue – Dark gray/silver

  • Fawn – A cool light gray/tan

  • Cinnamon – A warm, light brown

  • Smoke – A blend of gray and black

  • White – Snow-colored fur

If you have a striped cat, you can describe its markings as tabby. A randomly patched cat is a tortoiseshell. A calico has large tortoiseshell areas. Torbies are tortoiseshell cats with tabby stripes. They may also be called patched tabbies.

Does your cat have white patterns that contrast with its other fur? Mitted cats have white paws. Tuxedo cats have white chests, paws, and bellies. The white color may extend up the nose. A harlequin is mostly white with large color patches on the head, body, and tail. Does your cat have a splash of white on the chest? This is called a locket.

What Kind of Cat Do You Have?

After reading this article, you might have some ideas about your cat’s lineage. Maybe that sweet meowing when you leave the room seems typical of a Siamese. However, your cat may have a tabby pattern. Unless you’re dead set on a certain pedigree, you will find it easier to buy or adopt a Domestic Shorthair or Domestic Longhair. Random-bred cats are just as intelligent as purebred or pedigreed cats. Plus, they generally have fewer genetic problems. Whatever type of cat you have, give it plenty of loving cat care, and tell him how handsome he is.


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