Not a perfect cat photo because the depth of field was insufficient to ensure that the cat’s face was pin sharp as well as the coat. However, I wanted the coat to be really sharp because this is about as good a spotted tabby cat coat as you will see. The original photo is actually much sharper and more detailed. Images have to be downscaled (detuned) for the internet so they can load at an adequate speed.
The spots are clean and you can see the agouti gene effect on the individual hair strands that creates that salt and pepper look.
I also like the expression on this cat’s face. She is very friendly and loving. Although at first she hissed a lot. She is not my cat companion but comes daily. Charlie has graciously accepted her. If he hadn’t I wouldn’t allow her to come as it would be unfair. Things just loosened up and there is some harmony now when she and her sibling visit. You can see her sibling, a classic blotched tabby on this page.
I say she is female. She has all the characteristics personality-wise of a female cat. So I’ll stick to that assessment. I have not been able to read the anatomical features adequately to confirm my assessment. It can be confusing down there when the male is castrated.
She has a very intense glaring sort of face. She is a little defensive still. I not sure how that developed. She wants to be loved and fussed around. She does more head butting than any cat I have known. She loves to deposit her scent on you, which is probably another aspect of her defensiveness and anxiety. She needs reassurance.