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Spotted Tabby Cat Colors

By Paige

Cat ColorsThe tabby family has four different types of coat patterns, the classic, the mackerel, the ticked and the spotted, which we will take a closer look at today. Each coat pattern comes in a brilliant array of colors and dilutions.

Spotted Tabby Cat

Spotted Tabbies have small spots that form a pattern, instead of the characteristic lines of the classic & Mackerel patterns. Spotted patterns are found naturally on most wild cats & are often found on more exotic domestic breeds.


All four of the tabby patterns share several characteristics that distinguish tabbies from other patterns.

  • Dark colored M on the forehead between the eyes
  • Eyelid skin is dark & surrounded by light colored fur, creating a dramatic eyeliner effect
  • Dark line running from outer corner of eye towards cheek
  • Chin is light colored fur
  • Roots of whiskers are dark
  • Dark along back of hind legs and tip of tail
  • Darkest color in pattern on bottom of feet & between toes

Spotted Tabby Colors

Blue Spotted Tabby

Blue Spotted Tabby Cat

Image from Sreejithk2000
Brown Spotted Tabby

Brown Spotted Tabby Cat

Image from ToB
Red Spotted Tabby

Red Spotted Tabby Cat

Image from ToB
Silver Spotted Tabby

Silver Spotted Tabby Cat

Image from SaijaLehto

Cream Spotted?

There is also a cream spotted tabby color, however we were unable to find an image. If anyone has one they’d like to share, we’ll give you full credit (& a link back) in return for its use.

The Final Tabby

Now that we’ve taken a look at the classic, the mackerel & the spotted, keep an eye out in the weeks ahead to learn about the final pattern, ticked tabby.

3 Responses to “Spotted Tabby Cat Colors”

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  1. Courtney g says:


    Not sure if she is a spotted tabby or what?

  2. Alyson says:

    I have a photo of a spotted tabby that you do not show. I had a true cream, but he was already adopted and for whatever reason, none of the baby pictures I have of him are at an angle to really show his spots. However, I still have his brother, which is a slightly darker orange than the cream, but still lighter than your “red” which looks like a light brown to me.

    If you tell me how, I would be happy to provide you with a picture of a true orange spotted tabby. :)

  3. Kendal says:

    I have a picture of a cream tabby that I would like to share.It is not the most regal picture but it shows his spots that identify him as a cream tabby. If you would like this photo added to your collection please email me at:

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