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|Purred: Wed Oct 26, '11 9:42pm PST |
|You list yourself as a "seal lynx point," which I think is almost the correct guess. You probably have Siamese genetic heritage (not so uncommon in moggies), and so you are are a tabby with point coloration. Cream is the dilute form of red (red is cat show lingo for orange). Dilute means a lighter color; genetically speaking, a dilute coloration necessitates that both parents carry the dilute gene, although they may not be dilute themselves. In most non-colorpoint breeds (as far as I know; I'm mostly familiar with Maine Coons and the other cats I see at cat shows in the longhair ring), and in the regular moggy population, the dilute of black is blue (meaning grey, but not silver grey; that's a different color altogether). But in the case of colorpoint cats, seal dilutes to blue, and chocolate to lilac. Since you are (I'm assuming) a cream tabby and therefore carry the dilute gene, that would make you either a blue lynx point or a lilac lynx point, the dilute forms of seal and chocolate respectively. Is my guess.
That you are a colorpoint cat, and that your point coloration is tabby patterned, making you a lynx point, is probably safe to say. But I'm not sure if your point coloration is blue, lavender, or some other color (not seal, though), or whether you are indeed a cream tabby, or another similar variation such as cameo. Cameo tabbies, in which there is more contrast between the pale and dark areas of the coat than in cream tabbies, are, as far as I understand, cats with silver coated cats in their background. However, my knowledge of cat color genetics is limited regarding silvers. Many purebred breeds have silver variants (Maine Coon, Persian, American Shorthair, etc.), but silver is a very different color from the grey of a blue cat, or the grey of a grey tabby (grey tabbies are more correctly called brown tabbies in the cat world), and I'm not sure if silver coloration occurs naturally in moggies who don't have a purebred ancestor. My best guess is that you have the dilute gene, and that you have a seal or chocolate point Siamese ancestor (seal point is probably the most common Siamese color), and a moggy ancestor who carried the gene for red coloration, and so you are a cream tabby, which is more common in the moggy population (I think) than cameo or other light orange tabby color variations.
The fact that you have black eyeliner (cat show term), a dark rim around your nose leather, and black gums, is certainly not typical of a cream or red cat. I'm assuming that this comes from your colorpoint genes, but I'm not sure if blue or lavender point cats have such dark skin in those areas. Silver cats, however, do. As I am not an expert on colorpoint coloration or silvers, I really can't say what genetic influence made these areas black.
If you REALLY want to know what color you are, you can always compete in a cat show as a Household Pet. Meanwhile, if you provide more photographs (make sure that they portray your color accurately), and take some more photographs later on (your point coloration should darken some as you get older), we'll guess again.
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