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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bicolor cat Pictures

Tabby Cat And Tabby Kitten Information And Cat Colors

Patterns are a mixture of colors in a definite arrangement. The six fundamental types of coat patterns present in cats with some differences are Tabby, Tortoiseshell, Solid, Bicolor, Colorpoint and Tricolor.1. Tabby: This coat pattern is the most widespread found naturally and is present in four varieties: blotched (marbled), striped (mackerel), ticked (agouti) and spotted....

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Bicolor Cat

Grades 1 - 10 of bicolor in cats

The Various Bicolor Patterns

A "cow" pattern

There are 10 identifiable grades of bicolor in cats, plus several patterns with their own names. The cat labelled "bicolor" is the preferred pattern in show-quality bicolor purebred cats.

A low-grade spotting black-and-white bicolor cat is often known as a "tuxedo cat" or a "Billicat". To be considered a tuxedo cat, its black coloring should be solid throughout, with white limited to the paws, belly, chest, throat, face, and possibly the chin: it should appear as if the cat were wearing a tuxedo.

Another type of black-and-white bicolor cat is nicknamed "cow cat" or "moo cat" (for a perceived resemblance to Holstein cattle) and includes the magpie, cap-and-saddle and mask-and-mantle patterns. A cow cat does not have the solid black "jacket" of the tuxedo cat. Instead, it has big black patches over a mostly white body, often with a black mask over the head. Some owners attribute characteristics such as a love of water, big personalities and a playful nature to cow cats. "Black Mask Cats" are so called because they look like they are wearing a black mask over their head. Likewise, "Kitlers" get their name from a black moustache-like marking over their faces, as shown in the cow-patterned cat to the right.

The Turkish Van (white and red) is one good example of a bicolor breed. Van pattern is known to animal geneticists as the Seychelles (Seychellois) Pattern and is classified into 3 variants:

Seychellois Neuvieme - white with colored tail and head splashes (classic Van Pattern)

Seychellois Huitieme - white with colored tail and head splashes plus additional splashes of color on the legs

Seychellois Septieme - white with splashes of color on the legs and body in addition to those on the head and the colored tail.

This is high grade white spotting of types 9, 8 and 7 on the bicolor chart above.

Frequency in different breeds

This coloration is not restricted to a specific breed of cat, as it can be found in many different types of pure-breed as well as mixed-breed domestic cats. However, some breeds of cats are especially noted for having bicolor coats in their breed standards. These include the Turkish Van, American Shorthair, Manx, British Shorthair, Turkish Angora, and Bombay.

In contrast, other common breeds of cat have specific coat patterns specified in their breed standards. These cats are therefore never seen in the bicolor pattern. Cats with such specific coat patterns such as the Russian Blue which has a coat of one solid color.

Genetics of coat patterns

Main article: Cat coat genetics

The basic colors and patterns of cat fur are defined by fewer than ten genes. Cats with white color in their coats are thought to have a mutant white-spotting gene that prevents the formation of coat color in patches over the cat's body. This gene has been investigated in several species, particularly mice, and is co-dominant to normal coat color as it prevents the migration of melanocytes into the developing hair follicles. The genetics of this pattern are not as well understood in cats but at least some of the genes involved in melanocyte migration and survival may play a role similar as in other animals.

Three genotypes possible with the S (white spotting) gene, with capital S standing for a wild-type copy and lower-case s standing for the mutant....

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Tuxedo Cats

Tuxedo cats are beautiful felines in black and white. They are nature's version of finesse and elegance. Certainly, tuxedos are always ready for the next party. So what makes a cat a tuxedo cat? Is it a cat breed? Is it a unique color pattern? Why are they called tuxedo cats? The answer to the second question is that tuxedo cats do not belong to a specific cat breed. They just happen to have a very distinctive coat pattern. Indeed, tuxedo cats are bicolor cats. And to answer the third question, they are referred to as tuxedos because they seem to be wearing a tuxedo. Tuxedo pattern Okay, we've determined that tuxedos are not a cat breed. We've also established that their name comes from their physical appearance. But we haven't explained what a tuxedo cat is. A cat is a tuxedo cat when: She has solid black throughout her entire body (except for a few white patches).The patches of white hair appear on her chin, chest, belly, and paws....

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