With short hair and unique coat colors:
Abyssinian cats are one of the most popular domestic cats around the world.
The coat of Abyssinian cats is ticked and the colors they have tend to just enhance this effect even more.
As is the case with the ticking effect:
The cats do not just have a single color on their body but rather a group of colors that band together to create the tabby patterns these cats are known for.
How many colors can you find in an Abyssinian cat when you go out looking for one?
Read on to find that out.
The coat of Abyssinian cats
While we are talking about the ticked effect on the coat, it is important to note that it is one of the highlighting features that make these cats so appealing to all the pet lovers.
The coat shows a tabby pattern all over the body except for the tail, paws, ridges of the spine and the hind legs.
The pattern is not there when the cats are born but rather appears gradually over time.
Their hair are darker that fade out to lighter shades as they grow older.
To create the ticked effect:
The base of each hair is light and the hair is divided naturally into bands where every subsequent fourth or third band tends to be of darker coloration at the tips.
While such patterns are commonly seen around hares, it is not something you see that commonly in cats.
Usual colors in Abyssinian cats
As per the Cat Fanciers’ Association, which is the world’s largest association for pedigree cats, the Abyssinian cats officially have four colors only.
This is often referred to as the usual color and is the most common one amongst this breed.
In this coat:
The feet always have a dark blackish color to them and this color is also seen in the ticking effect for these cats.
To add to the beauty:
The lighter tone of color that is quite evident in its coat is of reddish-brown.
It is what makes the lighter base while the black color is found in a recursive pattern at the tips to create the tabby pattern.
The nose is the perfect shade of brick red color to enhance its facial features as well.
This is the second most common color to be found in this breed of cats.
The Blue Abyssinian cat isn’t that…blue, to be honest.
In recent times, these cats have gained a lot of popularity, too.
This cat has a dark blue color which is not too dark and topped with just the right amount of beige to give it an overall warm look.
The coat has either dark grey or blue bands that are alternated by a warmer and softer color which is either beige or pinkish mushroom.
This gives an overall warm effect to the ticked effect.
The paws are of darker blue shade.
As the name suggests:
This color only makes use of fawn colors but in different shades.
Unlike the impression that you might have just gathered, this coloration is not common and makes up for one of the rarest colors to be found in the Abyssinian cats all over the world.
The leather that is around the nose and paws is in a pinkish shade or darker cream shade, while the ticking effect is created using a fawn color but in a darker shade.
The base of the coat is marked by a cocoa brown color and experiences the lighter bands in colors of light fawn or rose-beige shades.
This gives the overall cat an antique rose coloration.
This is another one of the most common color coat options that you will find in this breed: the sorrel.
It has a unique lustrous coat of copper color or a yellowish-brown shade that is ticked with chocolate brown shade to create this amazing effect.
The chocolate color is seen around the back of the legs and the paws’ padding while the nose is of pinkish leather.
Unique colors in Abyssinian cats
While these are the only four color coats that are recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association, these are certainly not the only options you have.
There are plenty of other color combinations that are common and equally popular.
This, as the records say, happens to be one of the oldest colors found in the Abyssinian cats.
Due to the lack of photography equipment available in those days, you would not find a pictorial record of this color.
This is probably the reason why the Cat Fanciers’ Association doesn’t recognize this as an authentic color for pedigree Abyssinian cats and only considers ruddy, blue, fawn, and sorrel as the true colors of this species.
The coat is marked by a base of white silverfish grey color that is ticked with a black color.
The ticking effect can be created with a blue, cinnamon and even a dark cream shade.
The paws and the nose, however, are of darker shade with the paws being of black color and the nose of brackish red shade depending on the color that is being used for the tapping effect.
This is the color combination that is the most difficult to perfect since it often has tan patches around the coat that takes away the whole ticked effect.
If, however, you can ever find the perfect silver Abyssinian cat, then they sure are a sight to behold and are quite attractive.
The silver color is found in other shades too that are categorized based on the color that is used for the ticking effect.
Blue silver: Here, with the white-grey base, a blue-grey color is used at the tips of the hair bands that gives an overall bluish-grey appearance to the cats.
Fawn silver: Here, a fawn or a beige color appears at the tips of the band with the usual silverfish grey base to create an overall fawn-grey shade in the cat.
Sorrel silver: Here, the tapping is done with a chocolate color that creates an overall peachy color with a silver hint to it.
This is another one of the most common and sought after color for Abyssinian cats.
The paws are of chocolate color with the base shade having an apricot shade to it.
This, when ticked with a dark chocolate brown color, creates an overall appearance of a copper-colored cat with a brownish tint to it.
As the name says:
This cat, in no way, uses lilac colors for ticking but rather creates a lilac shade in the overall coat which is closer to a warmer dove color.
The base of the cat’s coat is of pinkish cream color while the ticking is done with the dove-grey color that has hints of pink to it.
The paws and the nose are mauvish pinks on the other hand which is just perfect for creating the look.
Recognition of special Abyssinian cat colors
It is important to note here that out of all the countries, the UK has been the most accepting of the unique color combinations that can be found in the Abyssinian cats using a silver-white base.
The UK’s Cat associations and TICA ( The International Cat Association) does, however, fully recognize the chocolate brown shades in these cats along with silver.
Abyssinian cats or bunny cats, as they are often referred to as due to their pointy ears and face structure, are one of the most attractive and friendly cats you can have around.
Try looking more into the color options that are available in your area to see if you would like to have one as a part of your family, too.
What causes the ticking effect in Abyssinian cats? This is a result of the genetics of these species.
A gene Ta, which is a dominant gene, is responsible for creating this tapping effect in the cat’s coat that it has come to be known by.
How are different shades created for these cats? The breeders and scientists work around with the genetic details and DNA formations of these cats to cross breed them and create colors that are different from the ones that are generally available around us.
While the new colors might not be recognized by the prestigious cat associations yet, they sure are cool to look at and have around.
These new colors are gaining popularity as well mostly for the fact that they tend to stand out.
What are some of the unique patterns in Abyssinian cats? More than the colors, work is being done to create patterns on the cat’s coat.
One pattern that the scientists are working on is of tortoiseshell that shall be created using color bands and undertones in the cat’s coat.