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Old 06-24-2012, 08:42 PM
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My "temp" kitten, Whiskey is really turning into a pretty little cat. I know his coloring is a tabby of some sort, but I'm not positive what type of tabby specifically. He is wayyyy darker than the tabby I had growing up. He looks dark gray in some lighting and almost black in other lighting with silver underneath. My guess is maybe smoke tabby? I'm not great at identifying coat colors in cats though so wondered what you guys think.

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Old 06-24-2012, 08:43 PM
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Cutest.kitten.EVAR!!

Do you have any pics w/out flash? That might be easier to tell. I'm no good at cat colorations, but he is BEAUTIFUL!!
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Well that tabby pattern I believe is called mackerel. As for color, I've seen that called a black tabby, although he may lighten up considerably as he ages to more of a grey tabby.
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I second the mackerel tabby

I have never seen one quite that color either though.

He is very handsome...
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Well that tabby pattern I believe is called mackerel. As for color, I've seen that called a black tabby, although he may lighten up considerably as he ages to more of a grey tabby.
Yep I think basic coat color is a mackeral tabby like Brie, though he looks more like black on dark grey whereas she is more black on a warm silvery-honey color.

It's neat how he has very little lightening on his undersides and no white markings...very cool looking cat!
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Awesome kitty!!!! I don't know a specific name but I have seen that coloration in some of our dark gray and black cats. If close family tree is tabby, even the black ones have stripes in there.
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Adorable!.
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He's so cool looking.

Also, I laughed that you're still calling him your temp cat
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Dixie I can try and get some pics outdoor today. I'll take him out on the porch in a bit and get some natural outdoor shots.

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He's so cool looking.

Also, I laughed that you're still calling him your temp cat
Ya... I have a feeling he may end up staying. I really didn't plan to keep him when we found him, but you bottle feed a baby and they tend to grow on you. He gets along SO well with the dogs too which makes it a harder decision to make lol. It's really going to depend on where we move to which is why I haven't made an official decision yet about him. My parents might keep him if we can't though since they really like him... But I have the slightest feeling little Whiskey is staying.

I was looking online and it looks like sometimes the smoke and black tabbies lose their stripes when they grow up. What's your best guess... Think he will lose the striping? Either way he is going to be a gorgeous cat. Is their a difference between black and smoke tabby? Or is it the same type of coloring that different people call different names?
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