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Fur Colors

I have compiled an assortment of fur colors (with pictures!) that cats can have naturally. Read this page before reading the Fur Patterns page to get a solid foundation of cat genetic knowledge. I have also added a couple pieces of genetics-related information. You can use all of these pictures and information to help you create cats for your Warriors fanfiction and roleplaying purposes.


[Solid Black]
Black is a self-explanatory color. However, no cat can actually be truly black; it is actually a very dark brown. Black cats have black or dark grey toe pads and a black nose. Its dilute color is blue. It is dominant to both chocolate and cinnamon. Black, chocolate, and cinnamon are in a separate category from red; for example, a cat can have black and red on its fur, but not black and cinnamon, as they are in the same category.

Brown Tabby

[Brown Tabby {classic}] | [Brown Tabby and White {mackerel}]
Brown is a color that only comes in tabby form. There are other kinds of brown, such as chocolate and cinnamon, but the standard "brown" can only come in tabby form. It is actually the tabby version of black; therefore, black is the solid version of brown tabby.


[Solid Blue] | [Solid Blue and White] | [Solid Blue and White] | [Solid Blue and White] | [Blue Tabby {classic}] | [Blue Tabby and White {mackerel}]
Blue is the dilute color of black. It is a grey color with a blue tint. It is more of a blue-grey than lilac's purple-grey.


[Solid Chocolate] | [Solid Chocolate] | [Solid Chocolate] | [Solid Chocolate and White] | [Chocolate Tabby {mackerel}] | [Chocolate Tabby {mackerel}] | [Chocolate Tabby and White {spotted}]
Chocolate is a deep, chocolate brown color, sometimes described as chestnut. It is recessive to black but dominant to cinnamon. The toe pads and nose leather of a chocolate cat can range from pink to dark brown. Its dilute color is lilac.


[Solid Lilac] | [Solid Lilac and White] | [Solid Lilac and White] | [Lilac Tabby {mackerel}]
Lilac, sometimes called lavender, is the dilute color of chocolate. It is described as a frosty grey brown, taupe, or dove. It is grey with a purple tint, as opposed to blue, which is grey with a blue tint.


[Solid Cinnamon] | [Solid Cinnamon] | [Solid Cinnamon and White] | [Cinnamon Tabby {classic}] | [Cinnamon Tabby {spotted}] | [Cinnamon Tabby and White {classic}]
Cinnamon is a warm, reddish brown. It is sometimes described as terracotta or burnt sienna. It is recessive to both chocolate and black. The toe pads and nose leather of a cinnamon cat are pink. Its dilute color is fawn.


[Solid Fawn] | [Solid Fawn] | [Solid Fawn and White] | [Fawn Tabby {ticked}] | [Fawn Tabby {classic}] | [Fawn Tabby and White {mackerel}]
Fawn is the dilute color of cinnamon. It is more pinkish brown than cream, described as caramel or pale beige with golden undertones.


[Red Tabby {mackerel}] | [Red Tabby {classic}] | [Red Tabby and White {classic}] | [Red Tabby and White {mackerel}] | [Red Tabby and White {classic}]
Red is an orange, gold, or marmalade color. In some cats, it can actually be a very intense reddish orange. The tabby-supressing gene does not effect red or cream colored cats; thus, red cats are ALWAYS tabby. Even if the cat looks solid, you will still usually be able to discern the tabby "M" on the forehead and some striping in the coat. Red is in a separate category from black, brown, and cinnamon. The dilute color of red is cream.


[Cream Tabby {classic}] | [Cream Tabby and White {mackerel}] | [Cream Tabby and White {mackerel}]
Cream is the dilute color of red. It is a warm, pale peachy color, sometimes described as buff. Like red, it can only come in tabby form.


[Solid White]
White is different from all the other colors. It is not really a color, but a "mask" of other colors; it suppresses them. Very young white kittens often have a spot of color on their forehead that reveals the "true" color underneath. The cat carries the genes of the hidden color underneath. Even though white is a dominant color, two solid white cats can still produce a nonwhite cat if they carry the nonwhite gene. On another note, cats with white on them will usually have white on the bottom and the color on the top of the cat. However, genetically solid cats can still have a small patch of white hair on them somewhere. These are called "lockets" (not to be confused with the locket white pattern, discussed in the Fur Patterns section). White cats can sometimes be "odd-eyed," which means they have one blue eye and one other-colored eye. White cats with blue eyes are often deaf, and white odd-eyed cats will often be deaf in the ear that corresponds to the blue eye.

Works Cited

All the images I found, I got from Google. They are not mine and I don't claim that they are. Genetics and other fur pattern information were found at the following sites: