OMAHA, Neb. -- Looking for a summer read? How about reading your cat’s colors?
The Nebraska Humane Society’s Pam Wiese says they see the full spectrum of cat colors but according to the International Cat Association, there are just two primary colors: black and red.
All other colors, including grey, blue, silver, lilac, fawn and cream are variations of black and red – with the exception of solid white.
White is a masking gene that hides colors, so cats like Sarafina are genetically black or red but her color is hidden by white. If Serafina had kittens they could be any color or many colors.
Patterns of cat color also have names: Gandolf the cat is a single color; blue (really grey). So he's known as a blue solid. Tabbies are cats with stripes.
Robin the cat is a Tortie. They are usually females and are mixed black and reds or their variations.
Add white to that and have the colors in patches and you have Calicos.
There are also cats with points on their ears, tails and feet and there are diluted forms of coloring too.
You can find cats in all variations at NHS and because they have lots of cats, all adult cats have free adoption fees.