Colors of Pointed Cats

Article by Beth Hicks
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The earliest pointed cat was the Siamese so even today many people think that all pointed cats are Siamese. There are now many other pointed breeds - Ragdolls, Birmans, Balinese, and Tonkinese. Some breeds like the Siberian, Cornish Rex, and Exotic Shorthair can be any color or pattern including pointed. Pointed is just the name of a color pattern so domestic cats can also be pointed. The only thing that all pointed cats have in common is blue eyes.

The pattern in the points - face, feet and tail - can be either solid or tabby. A pointed cat with tabby markings in the points is called a "Lynx Point". So a seal point has solid color points and a seal lynx point has tabby markings in the color points.

Adding tabby stripes can make seeing the difference between a seal lynx point and a blue lynx point difficult for a novice. The top of the nose will always look brown on a seal lynx point.

NOTE: The color and pattern names used are the official names used by The International Cat Association (TICA).

Red Point
Red Point

Cream Point

Seal Point
Seal Point
Seal Point Seal Point

Blue Point
Blue Point

Blue Point

Seal Lynx Point
Seal Lynx Point
Blue Lynx Point Blue Lynx Point

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  • Solids: Cats that are one color and do not have any stripes.
  • Tabbies: Cats with stripes - called tabby markings. The tabby markings have four different patterns.
  • Torties/Torbies: Usually females, these cats are a mixture of both black and red. They can be solids or tabbies.
  • Pointed: Color is only seen on the face, feet, and tail. Those points can be solid or tabby.
  • With White: Any of the above with white added. The term particolor means any cat with white.

Or return to the introduction to What Color Is Your Cat?

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