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Hi We\\\'re new......can you help my mommy?

Nikki JonesNikki Jones Baltimore, ParkvilleMember Posts: 9
edited 16 September, 2009 in New to Catster/Tips & Tricks
My mommy isn\'t sure what breed of cat I am. Someone at the vets office said calico, but I\'ve seen cats on here that list tortoise cat for someone with my coloring. Can you help us out? I don\'t want to have an unknown heritage. Thanks. We LOVE Catster!!!


  • Rebecca HornerRebecca Horner Prescott ValleyMember Posts: 8,496
    edited 16 September, 2009
    Hi Murphy, Welcome to catster, I'm a tortoiseshell and I have also seen cats that say they are tortoiseshells but I don't think they are, anyway you look like a Calico to me but I could be wrong , P.S. I just sent you a friend invitation, Purrs from Twixy : )
  • Nikki JonesNikki Jones Baltimore, ParkvilleMember Posts: 9
    edited 16 September, 2009
    My mommy just found this online.... Tortoiseshell is a coloring found in cats caused by a combination of specific genetic traits. It is a mix of phaeomelanin based colors (red) and eumelanin based color (black, chocolate and cinnamon). The pattern results in a cat with patches of red and patches of black, chocolate or cinnamon. The size of the patches can vary from a fine speckled pattern to large areas of colour. Dilution genes may modify the coloring, lightening the fur to a mix of cream and blue, lilac or fawn. Occasionally brown or blue/grey tabby patterns are also seen (sometimes called "torbies"). Tortoiseshell also can be expressed in the points pattern. The description "tortoiseshell" (also called "calimanco" or "clouded tiger" in North America) is correctly reserved for cats with coats that have no white markings, while those that are largely white with orange and black patches are described as calico (in the US) or tortoiseshell-and-white (in the UK). Tortoiseshells and calicos are not specific breeds of cat. The tortoiseshell markings appear in many different breeds. Soooooo it appears that calicos and tortoise cats are VERY similar, but to be a tortoise you have NO WHITE. Guess that does indeed make me a calico. The vet said that calicos can have volatile tempers and that does describe me :-)
  • Niki MattsonNiki Mattson St. PaulMember Posts: 20,360
    edited 16 September, 2009
    Hey, welcome to Catster! Yep, you definitely look like a calico!
  • Lindsay RoweLindsay Rowe ArcticMember Posts: 1,776
    edited 16 September, 2009
    Yup, you're a calico and a pretty kitty at that. Isn't that a coloring though, not a breed?
  • Gail RockGail Rock VALE OF PARADISEMember Posts: 3,336
    edited 16 September, 2009
    Welcome to Catster..MOL
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