|Purred: Wed Jan 12, '11 2:55am PST |
|If you conduct a search on Google Images, you'll find there's a great variation among patched tabbies/torbies. Some are mackerel, some are classic, some don't have very distinct markings, etc. I don't know whether I've seen a cat at a cat show who looked exactly like Candy, but a friend of mine had a cat who had similar markings (the orange spots on the grey striped background), except that she was grey rather than silver. Two of the cats I'm trying to sell are brown patched tabbies, and it took me months to figure out what their coloration is. Tozzer has classic tabby swirls; Divinity is an almost unmarked red on her body, with black legs with tabby stripes. Judges and exhibitors can get confused over cat coloration in the case of patched tabbies; my mentor was showing a tortie who looked a lot like my Currier, but one judge spotted some stripes on her legs and said she was a patched tabby. I'm not sure how that was resolved. The leading cat in the Premiership Class this year is a beautiful silver tabby, but he has some buff-colored spots on his face, which I would have thought would be impossible in males, but apparently not. Occasionally a judge will comment on these markings.
Anyway, Candy is a very pretty cat!
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