tabby colors


I may meow to- you if you're- worthy
Purred: Sat Apr 14, '12 7:19am PST 
I am curious as to what determines the color of your kitty. Is it the color of the stripes or the background fur? Both Smitty & Maizy have black stripes, but she has alot more brown in her fur. Smitty does have some brown but he is mostly gray. So would I consider Maizy a brown tabby, and Smitty a gray tabby? Tigger is an orange spotted tabby (that's an easy one!) but just curious!happy dance