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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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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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Shizen-Nana Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
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  New Deviant
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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IndigoOfTheHeavens Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Student General Artist
Totally had to buy your cat and bird reference books after I got the human one so long ago. xD The human one is AMAZING and I treasure it always~ <3 IT really helped so I hope the cat and bird will help too! <3
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Glueckskatze Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist
This is really awesome! It must have took years to do this
I don't know in which category I could put my cat... she's just unique xD
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cheers :D
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's freaking amazing. So much work!
The most interesting cat I know personally is a smoky tabby owned by my best friend. She looks like a black cat with lighter gray stripes, basically.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
:)
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ArtistStallion Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such a helpful chart, oh my goodness, thank you. I'm going back to try and make my old sparkle-cat OCs from 8th grade less cringey and this tutorial is a lifesaver. Thank you!!

my cat's a tortoiseshell calico with greenish yellow eyes just in case you were wondering
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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Shilocke Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey, do you have anything else on the cobweb pattern, like images anywhere?? I can't find anything :/
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Unicorm-Grrl Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Go here and scroll down to Feline Vitiligo (Leukoderma, Piebaldism); about half way down. It has a few pictures, not sure if entirely accurate, but it looks like they fit the description :]
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Shilocke Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you!!! omg *w*
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Unicorm-Grrl Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Welcome! :]
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
No. It's a freak pattern, not predictable and not transmissible.
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RottenDogg Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn! i never knew there were SO many cat colors. 

This is pretty cool. I found this through your horse color guide (i have a basic grasp on them, I just wanted to see the possibilities; I've made a DARPG breed with horse colors, aha) and I'm very impressed with the work that goes into this. 

I may need to make a breed with cat colors now :') I knew about most of these, but not...all of them.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cool :)
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YuukikoOgawa Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
More info on colorpoint markings:  The actual technical term is "acromelanism."  The points turn darker because they are usually more cool than the rest of the body.  And because of how acromelanism is related to albinism, any cat with homozygous acromelanism will have blue eyes (because the eyeballs are always going to be uniformly warm).  It's also why the babies start out white: they stay nice and warm in utero, so there's no way for the melanin pigment to express because no part of their body is cold enough.

The same gene produces colorpoint markings in mice, rats, rabbits, and horses.  In mice and rats, they would have pink eyes instead of blue.

Something that confused the hell out of me when I first started breeding mice:  A Himalayan mouse is not a longhaired Siamese mouse.  I was raised with cats and got really confused when I first learning this, but a Himalayan mouse is heterozygous and carries one Siamese gene plus one Albino gene (c^h/c).  The result is slightly lighter points on a very bright white background, whereas a Siamese mouse has darker points on a pale beige background (unless combined with other mutations to create chocolate-point or blue-point Siamese mice).

At least in both rodents and cats, albinism and acromelanism are sometimes called "c-dilutes" because they all occur on the c-locus of a certain chromosome (can't remember the number, and can't recall if it's the same one in both cats and rodents).

The more you know! :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Looks like I will have to look at rodents at some point :D
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MidnightRipple15 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sooo long!!!! X)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yup!
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AK-I-T Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait a damn minute
" Singapura" ? O.O
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
?
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AK-I-T Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing, just my country being Singapore/Singapura I was like what?
Why's it called that lol
Thx for this great chart, extremely useful
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's a cat breed.
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MidnightRipple15 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that i like! :D
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AK-I-T Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful!
Never quite knew what to call the stray cats around here XD
Load of brown tabby like dayum
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ZjeroXytz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
This is really helpful! Thank you for making it! :)
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