Cat Colour Gallery

Red

Red cats are actually orange. Most cats with orange fur are tabby, tortoiseshell, or calico.

Red cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

Cream

Cream is a light ginger colour commonly found in tabbies and calico and tortoiseshell cats.

Cream-coloured cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

Blue

Blue refers to cats with gray coats (which have a slight blue tint).

Blue cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

Chocolate

Chocolate is a warm brown fur colour.

Chocolate cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

Seal

Seal is a darker, cooler shade of brown most commonly found in cats that have point markings on their faces, ears, legs, and tails.

Seal point cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

Fawn

Fawn is a warm beige, faintly pink shade.

Fawn-coloured cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

Lilac

Lilac is a shade of light pinkish-gray (also known as lavender).

Lilac-coloured cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

Silver

When cats have have white fur with steel-coloured tips (shading), the overall effect is called silver.

Silver shaded cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

Ruddy

This colour is created when a burnt sienna (orangey-brown) undercoat has darker brown ticking.

Ruddy cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

Smoke

This effect occurs when the fur has light roots darkening to a more intense colour toward the tips.

Smoke cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

White

Many white cats have different eye colours, likely due to natural selection that reduces the risk of deafness (completely white cats with two blue eyes are often deaf).

Odd-eyed white cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

Black

Because black cats have been associated with superstitious beliefs, they are the least likely to be adopted from shelters.

Black cat, Heikki Siltala, www.catza.net

For more cat articles, see the main Cats page.