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Guide to Cat Colors, Patterns by Majnouna Guide to Cat Colors, Patterns by Majnouna
I have edited the chart to reflect the fact messybeast.com has grossly and shamelessly copied my work point by point for their own purposes: messybeast.com/colour-charts.h… . Hiss hiss boo. I learned a lot from the site during my research and always credited it for that, and they turn out to be particularly sneaky thieves. So I'm making sure people who see the chart are aware of this.

Based on CFA standards. This was made using more sources than I can list, but one of the most helpful sites I found that helped me sort this out is www.tenset.co.uk/catgen/catsof… .

I apologize for the heavy watermarking, but people have been removing my name from this chart and reposting it elsewhere. Astonishing behavior, I know. If you come across such a ripped chart please let me know and I'll take the necessary steps.

PLEASE DON'T waste my time by asking me or even informing me what color your cat is. Seriously, that's taking my time for no reason. I'll just ignore such comments completely.

Want this a poster? It's available both on deviantART and on Redbubble.

The full series (get the book!Guide to Cats - the book by Majnouna):
Guide to Pantherinae/Big cats
Guide to Felinae/Little cats
Guide to Housecat breeds 1
Guide to Housecat breeds 2
Guide to Coat colors and Patterns
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Allo-cat Featured By Owner 4 days ago   General Artist
Ah, so you're the original creator of this. I first saw it on messybeast.com many years ago and it has helped me several times both with art and general learning. Thank you for sharing this and I'm glad I now know who the original artist is.
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SuccubusLust Featured By Owner 6 days ago
How would one explain my boy Cosmo then ?
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CreepyWarriorPony Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
Very helpful! I'll be able to create realistic Warriors OCs or just cat OCs in general! Thanks!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cool!
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Krysiis Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Can two cats that appear like a light gray female, and a darker gray spottedish male create brown kittens without knowledge of the parents of the parents?
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fireytika Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! ! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial!  ^^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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ZephyrRaziya Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
This has always confused me- how Firestar had green eyes while this chart says red tabbies can only have copper, orange, yellow, or hazel. Ah well. Maybe I'm just missing something. Lovely guide!
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Bloodlines-mod Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  New Deviant
Well also, this guide is based on CFA standards. Aka, what will pass in a cat show. Random breds can have basically any viable eyecolor, although they will almost always be pretty muted. The most common ones for any color being hazel and green.

Aaand blue eyes still go by what this chart says though heh
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ZephyrRaziya Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Oh, that clears up a lot. I didn't know it was based on cat show standards! Thank you for the information!
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Bloodlines-mod Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  New Deviant
no problem~
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Bountybreeder Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think he was either cross-breed or not a tabby then.
but then again, the Erin's also gave Redtail a kit. 
Tortoiseshells' can't have kit's.
redtail was a male.
Torties are female.
so, they get a lot of things wrong. E.g.
Kittens usually open their eyes around two weeks.
kittens eyes are blue for the most part before eventually fading into their natural colours due to the lack of pigment when they are first born. 
In the books they open their eyes between one and two days of being born and their eyes are their natural colour. Not to mention that they can immediately walk and run without a problem at this time. 
Kittens usually take longer to be able to walk around without problem, around 6-8 moons old. Or rather, months old.
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ToastedToast15 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Tortiouseshells can't have kits." Really? I thought that this guide said that only male tourtouseshells could not have kittens...


Also, male torties are XXY, correct? (I learned about that in Biology, where sometimes the gametes divide wrong, and also, that the cat color gene is in the X chromosome. So, theoretically, is it possible for a cat to have enough X's for it to be....both black and brown?
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Bountybreeder Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, Male torties, sorry!

Hm, I haven't learnt about that (The gametes dividing wrong I mean.) , thank you! I have now learnt something!
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ToastedToast15 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Before I looked at your sheet and learned the thing in Biology, I had made a character who was male tortie. I'm not going to get rid of him, so I guess I'm stuck with a rare kitten.
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Bountybreeder Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've done the same multiple times before, don't worry! XD
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ZephyrRaziya Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
Yeah, confusing stuff. They have a surprising and unrealistic amount of tortie males (Who should also be infertile) and impossible eye colors.
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Bountybreeder Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, and impossible colours and patterns. A cat with the coat of a Badger? Really?
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Sanuta22 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A book series about talking cats who live in clans, defeat dogs, and talk to stars which give them powers and not to mention the leaders have multiple lives. Are we really worried about the facts on cats being correct? :P
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Bountybreeder Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
True, I suppose. It is just for entertainment isn't it?
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Sanuta22 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, so being concerned with eye and coat colors being impossible isn't something to really think about. On the other hand though this piece is extremely helpful for people who want to make their own Warriors Story or cat character in general. Instead of having just tabbies or cats with one coat color this could help them branch away from the more common cats into interesting and unique characters. 
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Bountybreeder Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, and the behaviour of cats/eye colours of kittens and such would make more sense.
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PoiSinDoodles Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful guide to colors, thanks for posting. Wasn't aware messybeast copied yours, glad I found your original work too.
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lonewolf603807 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
OMG THX SO MUCH!!!
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LuckyFy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Magic ! 8D
It's an awesome guide ! ^^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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LilyAviarn Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this guide! ;n; I've used to design just about every Warrior Cats OC I own!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cool!
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Fireshrike Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is a fantastic reference!  Thank you so much for going to the trouble of putting all of this together.  It's helping me come up with coat patterns for an original species of mine (which are loosely related to housecats).  It's also helped me figure out a way to organize all that information, so again, thank you very much!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Glad it helps :)
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snoissesbo Featured By Owner Edited Apr 17, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you for taking the time to put these together! I can now design much more interesting cats for my characters while keeping it realistic AND avoid anachronisms when drawing/writing different scenes ^ ^

Speaking of realistic, I know a cat that has the weirdest markings, and I'd like to know if, based on your knowledge, it would be believable to include that in a story?
At first glance, she looks like a Caliby with mask-and-mantle markings, but her coloured parts are a mixture of solid black, brown tabby with not-quite-black stripes, AND ginger tabby, and she has a "moustache" on her whisker pads that's coppery brown with darker spots.

I personally think she's a freak of nature that was put together from leftover parts, but does that sound like something that actually happens with moggies?
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Fireshrike Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm not the person who made this ref sheet, but does she look something like this or this?  If so, she could be a chimera.  Chimeras can look like weird amalgams of coat patterns (because that's literally what they are - amalgams).
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snoissesbo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I didn't know about chimeras. So pretty~
She doesn't actually look like that, but that's the sort of design I was going for for the cat character I based off of her, so it's good to know it does happen in real life :D
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Fireshrike Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
No problem!  Chimeras are awesome.  Good luck with your character design!
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Mina-Mazar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student General Artist
I always look back at your guides and I always get the same reaction: KITTIES !! <3 <3 <3 
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
:giggle:
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sweetsweetsunshines Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've faved most of your cat guides so thank you ^^ you seemed to put a lot of time and effort into your guides and it is much appreciated. 
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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joybee88 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
My Charlie is a silver tabby shaded Scottish Fold with amber eyes... hmmm...
In dim indoor lighting he looks black. But if you shine a light on him he appears to be grey tabby.
The tipped hair makes concealing it almost impossible because whichever colour I wear, the cat hair on my clothes always show... :-P
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
:XD:
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vettecat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
Aha!  I thought that looked like your work.  Glad you saw my message.  Hope you can get MessyBeast to credit you at the very least - seriously, so incredibly rude!  I was particularly angered by "The explanatory text and the charts are in the public domain for breeders and can be edited as required.  Please credit the source if you reproduce the contents."  Why don't you start by crediting the person who did all the work in the first place?  Grrrr.
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arganthone Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student General Artist
my jaw dropped when i saw this... you've put in an incredible amount of work for this, and it really shows. beautiful, and i'm sure it's already been incredibly helpful to a lot of people. great work.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cheers :) It was a lot of work, true!
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Murasaki99 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, what a wonderful chart!  You've done so much work on this it's amazing!  Thank you for sharing it with us. :boing:
TheDancingKitten 
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Welcome :)
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tngapch Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Professional Writer
Oh this is boggling - in a super good way! My brother will adore it when I show him (he's been interested in cat coat patterns and cat genetics since he was 12). One question, and I may have overlooked the answer, forgive me, where would bengal cats fall into this chart? I have a toyger cat (part bengal/part brown tabby) - who I was amazed to find has a sort of "golden glitter" in her fur. I'm very curious as to what causes this as it is so different and pretty.
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is great :)
In the future, will you be doing dogs?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yes, I have started a chart on dogs, but it's taking ages because my brainspace is so completely taken over by my work :(
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh my. It's ok.
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