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Guide to Cat Colors, Patterns by Majnouna Guide to Cat Colors, Patterns by Majnouna
Based on CFA standards. This was made using more sources than I can list, but the most helpful sites I found that helped me sort this out are and… .

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 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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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
MidnightRipple15 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sooo long!!!! X)
AK-I-T Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait a damn minute
" Singapura" ? O.O
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
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
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's a cat breed.
MidnightRipple15 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that i like! :D
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
ZjeroXytz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
This is really helpful! Thank you for making it! :)
Cloudclawz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite a useful thing. Thanks for making it.
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