7 Unique and Rare Cat Colours November 03 2017

Without breaking out the Punnett squares and getting into the whole kit and caboodle about feline genetics and why cats come in pretty colours, here's a quick list of some of the rarer fur colours you might see some cats sporting.

 

1. Chocolate

burmese cat havana brown cat chocolate cat

If you're wondering why they call this colour chocolate, look no further than the Havana Brown breed. These cats are one of the only breeds to have a "true chocolate" coat colour. The "chocolate" colour is actually a genetic mutation of the Black gene, causing the black to dilute to this delightful chocolate colour.  They also look great next to marshmallows and graham crackers. 

 

2. Cinnamon

oriental shorthair

Like Chocolate, Cinnamon is a dilution of the Black gene. Chocolate is recessive to Black, and Cinnamon is recessive to Chocolate. This Oriental Shorthair is sporting a beautiful Cinnamon-coloured coat. 

3. Fawn

Fawn is an even further dilution of the Cinnamon gene. It is most commonly seen in breeds like the Abyssinian or Oriental Shorthairs. These rare and colourful dilutions are more likely to appear in pedigree or purebred cats that have been specifically bred for colouration.

 

4. Lilac or Lavender 

lilac cat lavender cat

Known as "lilac" or "lavender," this beautiful pastel colour isn't purple. Like Fawn is to Cinnamon, Lilac is an even lighter dilution of the Chocolate gene. As recessive traits, dilutions like fawn and lilac are rare even in pedigree cats. 

 

5. Cream

Cream is a dilution of the Red gene (commonly called orange/ginger) in cats. 

6. Smoke

smoke cat smoke coloration cat

A cat with Smoke coloration will have a light silvery undercoat, ruff, and ear tufts with a  black topcoat and points (the face, ears, feet, tail). Smoke can come in longhaired or shorthaired cats. 

 

7. Chinchilla

chinchilla coat cat

The chinchilla colouration is most often found in Persian cats, and can actually present in "Silver" or "Gold". Like the Smoke coat, in Chinchilla coats to the cat's undercoat is pure white, while the tip of the hair is black, giving the cat a shimmery, silver appearance.