Meaning of tortie, tabby, calico?

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Ablang:
Does anyone know what these terms mean? Only thing I know is that these are not names of cat breeds.

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MaryL:
[nq:1]Does anyone know what these terms mean? Only thing I know is that these are not names of cat breeds. -- My cat's job is to look pretty, smell good, sleep, eat, pee, & poop, in that order.[/nq]
As part of your cat's, job: don't forget purr and play.

Concerning cat colors, here are two links that might interest you. The first one includes a general description of colors. The second link refers primarily to purebreds, but you can click on the name and go to a site where you can see a picture of a cat that fits the description.

http://petcaretips.net/cat_colors.html http://www.petplace.com/articles/artShow.asp?artID=4513

MaryL
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Judy:
[nq:1]Does anyone know what these terms mean? Only thing I know is that these are not names of cat breeds. -- My cat's job is to look pretty, smell good, sleep, eat, pee, & poop, in that order.[/nq]
These terms describe colour.

A Tortie has mixes of black, orange and beige.

A Calico has a lot of white, some black and orange.

A Tabby has mostly grey and black markings.
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kaeli:
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[nq:2]Does anyone know what these terms mean? Only thing I ... smell good, sleep, eat, pee, & poop, in that order.[/nq]
[nq:1]These terms describe colour. A Tortie has mixes of black, orange and beige.[/nq]
A tortie has no patches and may have white, but more often does not. The colors are mixed, not distinct. A dilute tortie has grey, blue, and tan instead of black, orange, and beige.
[nq:1]A Calico has a lot of white, some black and orange.[/nq]
A calico has patches, not all mixed like the tortie. It may have white, but doesn't have to. A dilute calico has grey, blue, and tan sometimes with white.
[nq:1]A Tabby has mostly grey and black markings.[/nq]
A tabby has stripes or swirls and may be orange, orange and tan, grey and black, or grey, black, and tan, and may have some white, especially in the belly and chest. True tabbies have a distinct "M" marking in black on their foreheads and characteristic "tear" markings. Tabbies may also come in a mix of tabby and tortie, called a torbie, which has less distict markings and a swirls of tortie colors. All calicos and torties are female or sterile males with double x chromosomes.

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ParrotRob:
[nq:1]Does anyone know what these terms mean? Only thing I know is that these are not names of cat breeds.[/nq]
They are color and marking pattern terms. Tabby is a pattern, not a color. Tabbies can be any of a number of colors, and are usually described as such - for instance "red tabby", "blue tabby", "brown tabby", etc. There are also several different types of tabby pattern (classic, mackeral, spotted, etc), but in general, a tabby is striped and will usually have a distinct "M" shaped marking above and between the eyes. I have a red mackeral tabby and a beautiful blue classic tabby.

Both torties (short for toroiseshell) and calicos are terms for tricolor cats. Tricolor cats have orange (red), black (or brown) and white colorings. If they carry a certain (dilute) gene, they can also have the "diluted" forms of these colors (cream, blue, chocolate, etc). The difference is that in torties, the colors all tend to blend together. Torties are usually primarily dark with "splotches" of red/orange/white on them. Calicos, on the other hand, have distinct separation between the colors and usually larger patches of white.

There's a more detailed explanation at http://www.fanciers.com/other-faqs/colors.html and http://www.fanciers.com/cat-faqs/tricolors.html with an interesting discussion on why tricolors are almost always female as well.

Hope that helps.
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Cat Protector:
You also forget Diluted Tabbies as well. Most often you will find their tiger striped patterns a little lighter.

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[nq:2]Does anyone know what these terms mean? Only thing I know is that these are not names of cat breeds.[/nq]
[nq:1]They are color and marking pattern terms. Tabby is a pattern, not acolor. Tabbies can be any of a number ... at http://www.fanciers.com/other-faqs/colors.html and http://www.fanciers.com/cat-faqs/tricolors.html with an interesting discussion on why tricolors are almost always female as well. Hope that helps.[/nq]
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