My kitten Spot

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Hi everyone. My kitten spot is a 11 weeks old and very beautiful - I have never seen a kitten like her. She is white all over apart from her tail and a spot on her head, which has a greyish black colour. Her fur looks like she will be long haired. It is very soft, almost rabbit like. Her tail looks like it will be bushy. She is highly intelligent, does not like being picked up and very active. I think she is a moggy. Mum was the same as her, but her tail and head were ginger and tortoiseshell, father was unknown. She has greyish khaki coloured eyes. Her ears have long hairs in them. Any ideas of her heritage or is she a Heinz 57 (which is fine!).

ps she is 5 weeks old in these pictures, but looks the same, just a bit bigger and her tail is a lot bigger and bushier! Last picture is her mum.
 

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Such a cute kitten! Was she only 5 weeks old when you adopted her? Her mother is beautiful, too. :redheartpump:

From your description and these pictures, I would describe Spot as a brown tabby and white domestic longhair. I think she is brown tabby and white, rather than black and white, since I can see stripes on her tail, and some shading on her head spot. I'm assuming that she is longhaired from your description; it's not easy to determine adult hair length from pictures of a 5 week old kitten. Spot's mother is either calico, or torbie and white; it's difficult to tell from the one picture. Most cats are not any particular breed.

Cats that have lots of white spotting tend to have color restricted to the head and tail, like Spot and her mother. This distribution of white can be called "van pattern," named after the Turkish Van cat. "Van pattern" doesn't indicate that a cat is related to the Turkish Van or any other breed. The pattern comes from having two copies of the gene for white spotting. The same white spotting gene is responsible for cats with just a little bit of white ("tuxedo" pattern), and cats with lots of white, like Spot and her mother.

We can guess from looking at Spot that her father probably had some white markings on him, too, but he might have just had a little white on him. If Spot is longhaired, her father might have been either longhaired himself, or shorthaired carrying longhair.
 
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Thank you Lutece that is so interesting! She is indeed a beautiful kitten (she is walking in the keyboard as I type!) I fell in love with her the first moment I saw her. I adopted her at 8 weeks, she was 5 weeks when we first visited her.
 
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