Cats And Color

By: Pam Wiese Email
By: Pam Wiese Email

What color is your cat? If you guessed anything other than black or red you're only half right.

Cats come in an amazing variety of colors and patterns. It's not unusual to see many different colors in the same litter of kittens. According to the International Cat Association, there are two primary colors in cats, black and red. All other colors, including brown, blue, silver, lilac fawn and cream are variations of black and red except solid white. White is a masking gene that hides colors.

All cat colors are also seen with different markings called patterns. Solid cats are one color and do not have any stripes. Tabbies are cats with stripes or tabby markings that have four different patterns. Torties or torbies are usually females and are a mixture of both black and red or their variations.

Pointed have points of color on the face, feet and tail. Those points can be solid or tabby. Any of the above with white added are often called tuxedo cats. Calico cats are predominantly white with patches of two other colors, often orange tabby and black. It is not color and pattern that determine a cat's breed. That is established by the physical characteristics, so you can have a brown tabby Himalayan or a tortoise shell Persian.

You can find cats in all variations of color and personality at the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha, which is offering quite a deal right now. Nine lives for $9 means each cat a year or older is $9 to adopt and they're all spayed or neutered, microchipped and have their first shots.

The NHS at 8929 Fort Street is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can always look up animals and find information at

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