|Purred: Sat Nov 28, '09 7:50pm PST |
|Cleopatra--with only one photo, it's hard to tell, but you look like you may be a patched tabby (aka torbie) rather than a calico. A calico has very distinct blotches of red and black, without tabby markings, against a mostly white background. Don't worry if you're confused; I've been at cat shows where the exhibitor and the judge had to figure out whether a cat was a calico or a patched tabby.
Roxy--I've been told that torties and calicos are popular in the States, but not so much in Japan, because there are so many Japanese tortie and calico moggies, and the Japanese want exotic-looking cats. Leila is not suited for showing (too nervous), but I occasionally put Chibi in a show when I know there will be American judges. She's got almost a third of the points needed to become a grand champion, but all of them came from foreign judges. I've never seen a calico in a cat show here, although my breeder's main queen was a calico. He had to look for over a year to find one. Her litters consisted of brown and white tabbies, red and white tabbies (like Harvey), tortie and whites, and the occasional black and white. But no calicos. My tortie and white queens, when mated with a brown tabby (no white) produce some brown tabby and whites, but also brown and red tabbies without white, as well as tortie and whites and pure torties (no white). Currier is a tortie without white, and I'm curious to see if she has any kittens with white on them. I'm not really up on my color genetics, but it seems that the more white a cat has, the more likely it is to produce kittens with white. I wish one of my queens would produce a black or a black and white, but no go so far. Cat color genetics are complicated. A breeder I know mated his white male with his tortie female, and ended up with one white kitten, one red tabby (no white), and one silver tabby. Say what? It turns out that two generations back, one of the cats had a silver ancestor.
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