Comprehensive List of Cat Colour and Pattern Types

This is a comprehensive list of cat coat types. It is a rather dry list but it might please someone or help someone, somewhere 😉 – another page on cat color and patterns with photos.


Black, chocolate, blue, lilac, fawn, red, cream, white.


Tortoiseshell, chocolate tortie, blue tortie, seal sepia tortie.


My Cat

The cat above is my companion, Gabriel, a spotted tabby of great distinction! He’s still growing to adulthood.

Brown agouti tabby, brown classic tabby, brown marble tabby, seal sepia spotted tabby, chocolate classic tabby, cinnamon agouti tabby, blue classic tabby, lilac spotted tabby, red classic tabby, cream classic tabby, sable ticked tabby, seal classic tabby, brown mackerel tabby, seal mink spotted tabby, chocolate mackerel tabby, cinnamon spotted tabby, blue mackerel tabby, fawn agouti tabby, red mackerel tabby, cream mackerel tabby, brown ticked tabby, seal mink classic tabby, brown spotted tabby, brown mackerel torbie, brown classic torbie, chocolate spotted tabby, chocolate mackerel torbie, blue agouti tabby, blue tick tabby, blue spotted tabby, fawn spotted tabby, red spotted tabby, cream spotted tabby.


Chinchilla silver, shaded silver, black smoke, tortie smoke, chinchilla golden, shaded golden, blue smoke, red shaded, red smoke.


Silver agouti tabby (silver), silver classic tabby, silver mackerel tabby, silver spotted tabby, silver classic torbie, silver mackerel torbie, silver spotted, cinnamon silver agouti tabby, cinnamon silver spotted tabby, blue silver agouti tabby, blue silver classic tabby, blue silver mackerel tabby, blue silver spotted tabby, lilac silver spotted tabby, red silver classic tabby, red silver mackerel tabby, cream silver classic tabby.


Seal point, seal lynx point seal tortie point seal sepia (sable), seal (natural) mink, chocolate point, chocolate links point, chocolate torbie point, chocolate sepia, chocolate (champagne) mink, cinnamon lynx point, cinnamon tortie point, blue point, blue lynx point, blue sepia, blue mink, lilac point, lilac sepia, lilac (platinum) mink, fawn sepia, red point, red sepia, cream point.

Solid and White

Black and white, chocolate and white, blue and white, lilac and white, red and white, cream and white.

Tortoiseshell and White

Tortoiseshell and white, chocolate tortie and white, blue tortie and white.

Tabby and White

Brown ticked tabby and white, brown classic tabby and white, brown spotted tabby and white, brown mackerel tabby and white, brown classic torbie and white, brown mackerel torbie and white, brown spotted torbie and white, chocolate classic tabby and white, blue classic tabby and white, blue classic torbie and white, blue mackerel tabby and white, red classic tabby and white, red mackerel tabby and white, red spotted tabby and white, cream mackerel tabby and white, cream spotted tabby and white.

Tipped and White

Black smoke and white, smoked tortie and white.

Silver and White

Silver classic tabby and white, silver mackerel and white, silver classic torbie and white, cream silver classic tabby and white.

Pointed and White

Seal point mitted, seal lynx point mitted, seal tortie point and white, seal point bicolour, seal tortie point mitted, seal point and white, chocolate point mitted, chocolate point bicolour, chocolate tortie point and white, blue point mitted, blue lynx point mitted, blue tortie point and white, blue point bicolour, blue point and white, lilac point mitted, red lynx point mitted, lilac point bicolour, cream lynx point mitted, cream point mitted.

I am sorry that I am unable to provide photographs with the descriptions above. The reason for this is that you can find illustrations to a good percentage of the descriptions on this website by using the search box at the top of the page. As for the remainder it will be hard to find illustrations to these coat types. If I do find them I will have to ask permission to use the photograph and very often people do not respond to such requests. Therefore, I will leave it to you if you are interested in this list to search out a suitable illustration and decide yourself whether you like the coat type or not.

In lieu of that suggestion, you can buy the ultimate illustrated guide to cat breeds which is the book “Legacy of the Cat” by Gloria Stevens with Photographs by Tetsu Yamazaki from which the list was taken.

Associated pages: Search results for “cat coats” on PoC

Please search using the search box at the top of the site. You are bound to find what you are looking for.

9 thoughts on “Comprehensive List of Cat Colour and Pattern Types”

    • Yes, tortie and white is calico. A calico with stripes is a torbie and white as I understand it. Thanks for popping by the site and commenting Kit.

  1. Gabriel is superb! You can’t have a single regret about adopting a semi-feral.

    Each time that I take a feral in for TNR, I learn a new description that I never heard of from our vet. I’m only right in my assessment about 60% of the time. I’m overwhelmed by how many descriptions there are.
    For me, the easiest kind of cat to describe is the tabby of any kind because of the dark lines .

    • Thanks Dee. Gabriel is great. There is definitely wild there in him. Very noticeable but we love each other and he loves to come to me for cuddles and warmth and food 😉 . I agree that there are too many coat types – a reflection on cat breeding which I have to say (but don’t tell anyone) I disagree with.

      • Have to love that bit of wild streak. That tells us that they are cats. He’s bonded with you, and that’s all that counts. I have several indoor cats who love me but would never let any other human come near, much less touch. That’s just the way it has to be between cats and humans sometimes.

        We just have to accept that their love is only able to extend to us at the moment. I’m satisfied and grateful for that.

    • Got it! Nice to see you successfully uploaded your photo. It’s good for me as it sort of proves that the problem is about image size. Most modern cameras produce very large images – much larger than is required for internet publishing. This causes problems of transmission and sharing unless you’re Facebook! Mitzy is gorgeous. She looks like a long-haired, silver/grey classic (blotched) tabby to me from the picture.

  2. Wow! Awesome shot of Gabriel!! One of my passions is taking pictures of my cat, Mitzy. Not sure what her color classification is. But she’s a long haired, silver tabby of some kind. Too bad I can’t include a picture. I’ve tried before without success.

    • Thanks for the photo compliment. If your photo is smaller it should upload. I have determined that the photos that don’t upload are very large. You can reduce the photo size online. Just search for something like “online photo size reduction”.


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