Guide to Different Cat Colors

Cats have been around for several millennia, and with them come the colors that we loved. Be it their eyes or their furs, they have presented a mystery as to what they even mean. 

Along with their patterns or markings that may depend on their breed or their genetic makeup, there surely are explanations why some cats have a specific personality.

From whites to blacks, solid to diluted, let’s count down the colors that cats may have, and what it can tell about them.

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Most Common Patterns in Cats’ Coats and Their Personalities

  • Solid

Cats with only one color and nothing else on sight are considered under this category. Oftentimes at birth, some kittens exhibit a solid color but begin to have another color after a few weeks or so. All the more reasons to love and watch over them, right?

Solid white cats can be timid and shy, and sometimes dependent on their owners. There are some chances that they can become aggressive and distant, so it’s better to know this early on so that you’ll know how to handle and take care of them properly.

Black felines are known to be wild, stubborn, and can also be unpredictable. There are ones that can be friendly and loves to mingle with other cats or people. They can be independent, which is why some black cats are known to roam from time to time. So make sure to check if they have their tags and that their microchips are working.

  • White

There are instances where cats are still considered solid white even if there is a particular color pattern with large patches of white. The key here is how much white there is.

If your cat has solid white fur on its paws, then it’s called white mitts. It’ll be called white bib cats if it has a large patch of white on its chest area. If the white fur only covers a small portion of the chest area, then it becomes a white locket cat. It’s a little tough to get used to all the names but you’ll get the hang of it.

  • Bi-color

When your feline has white patches plus one other color, it is categorized under bi-color patterns and is often called piebald. It can be shy and distant, oftentimes aggressive even to its owners.

Tuxedos are known to be actively resourceful. As members of the bi-color category, they are known to be quiet and shy; although you can depend on them to hunt down the little critters that scurry about your kitchen and corners.

  • Harlequin

Harlequins are mostly white with large swatches of color, or vice versa. Some of them like wallowing in the water unlike the age-old myth we know that cats are supposed to hate water. Harlequins are often called “moo cats” due to their similarity to a cow.

  • Van/van bi-color

Cats under this category have mostly white fur with some splotches of color between the ears and tail. They are best for extroverts as they are active. They like to play as much as they can and is innately curious all the time.

  • Dilute

Dilute cats are the ones with a lighter version than the original and are often used to describe calicos, torties, and tabbies. Despite their coloring, their personalities are the same as their counterparts: they are very mischievous, and aggressive even to their owners. They are lively in play, which makes up for the attitude.

  • Smokey

If your feline has a solid black fur with white furs or anything that gives the impression that the coat is smokey, then it belongs to this category. They love to relax and love a good petting every now and then.

  • Tabby

Tabbies are what we often see that has a mixture of brown, black or gray. For tiger or mackerel tabbies they have long, narrow stripes on their flanks. Cats with spots on their flanks or underbellies are spotted tabbies. They’d be good partners for introverts, as they like to stay at home, but loves playtime from time to time.

Ticked, or agoutis, have different streaks of color along the hair shaft, with the hair being the lightest at the root and is ticked darker at the end of the strands. Classic tabbies have round bulls-eye swirls on their flanks.

  • Tri-color

Calicos have orange with black and white, and often with a patchwork design; while tortoiseshell cats may not have white colors as they have black, orange, or gray. They are known to be feisty and unpredictable. They are also known to be intolerant even to their owners.

Dilute calicos are paler in comparison, while calico tabbies, or tabicos have mixed brown and large patches of white or brown and orange with the large patches of white. Torbies are tabbies with tortoiseshell patterns.

Tortoiseshell and calicos are often known to change their personalities but tend to be affectionate over time. Torties and calicos do often have surprising personalities, but they are still endearing to their owners. There are also more females than males for cats with this specific pattern due to an anomaly in their genes.

  • Point

Cats are considered points if they have a solid pale cream color on their ears, or on their muzzles, tail, and feet. Flame or red points have an orange coloring or a variation of bright orange colors to very pale. If your feline has dark brown fur like the color of the seal, it falls under the seal point category.

Chocolate points are generally lighter than seal points, while lilac points have gray or blue swatches, or anywhere from darker gray to very pale. Lynx points are similar to the Siamese but mixed with tabby patterns. It also applies if your cat has a cream or tan body with a tabby-looking face. Their ears, tail, and feet have different colors of lynx points: gray lynx, brown lynx or orange lynx. Tortie points are like the Siamese as well but mixed with tortoiseshells, or tortie brindle markings on face, ears, tail, and feet.

Point-colored cats like to be outdoors and can be leashed. Sometimes, they tend to stick to one person especially for large families.

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Other Colors and Related Personalities

There are also specific colors that have distinct personalities and may help you learn more about your feline companion.

  • Gray tabbies often engage in aggressive play with their owners or other cats and would often prefer to be outdoors. They’re very mischievous and love to have fun. They can be quite a handful but would definitely be worth to have.
  • If you have a feline with a mixture of black and white, or gray and white, it can be very clever companions and would often be found with tuxedos. Cats with chocolate brown colors are known to be intelligent and very friendly. They can also be intelligent as well.
  • Color and seal points like to be heard and always try to assert themselves. Known to be affectionate to their owners and for large families, they tend to gravitate to one person only. You can also bring them outside for a leisurely walk.
  • Gingers, or like their human counterparts, have orange or red fur colors. They like to be assertive and very vocal to their owners; although females tend to be quieter than males. Some gingers are often sweet and loving to their owners.

Belief-Based Coat Distinctions

Due to their ever-changing personalities, some cats with specific colors were used in the spiritual aspects based on folklore that witches are often associated with black cats.

  • Orange tabbies are known to bring happiness to their owners and often entice leadership qualities and self-confidence. If you’ve come from a loss, whatever it may be, brown tabbies help you get back on your feet and focus your life.
  • Tuxedos are funny characters and would often do amusing things out of the blue. They help their owners live in the moment. Black cats are often considered a healing presence to their owners and as stated, were often associated with witches and bad luck in other countries.
  • White felines are considered dependable for help and support, while Siamese or point coloring cats are extremely devoted and demand respect. For tortoiseshells and calicos, they teach their owners to be meditative and to be different.
  • Grays or silvers let their owners speak to their inner child and be able to reconcile their past experiences.

So as we now know, cats are really interesting and keep us on our feet. Colors add to this interest and hopefully would lead us cat owners to understand our felines more.


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