Tawny spotted greetings

Greetings for all the friends of tawny spotted Ocicats! So far, there have been five tawny spotted kittens in the Northalla litters: Dora and Rokka of the Rock Litter, Yoda and Tomu of the Water Litter, and Patu of the Fire Litter. All these are kittens or grand-kittens of our Tara.

Tawny/brown/black gene is dominantly inherited compared to chocolate and cinnamon. Hence, a kitten can only be of black/brown/tawny color if one or both of his parents are tawny (or blue, which is dilution of tawny). Silver (inhibitor gene) is separately and independently inherited and it doesn’t affect the hereditary of color genes. For instance, ebony silver spotted, chocolate carrying Gubbe has two sons, chocolate and tawny spotted.

Tawny spotted Ocicats, as well as other colors, usually have lighter and colder base color as kittens. As the kitten grows up, the color deepens and gets warmer. Below and example of this, Rokka as 8 weeks old and as 9 months old kitten.

Northalla Basalt, 8 viikkoa/weeks

Northalla Basalt, 8 viikkoa/weeks

Northalla Basalt, 9kk. Photo: Sanna Bengtström.

Northalla Basalt, 9 months. Photo: Sanna Bengtström.

There are different variations of tawny spotted colors. Tara is a good example of lighter, quite warm tawny spotted color. She has quite strong ticking in her spots. Dora (video below) has a colder but dark tawny spotted color. Rokka is an example of deep but warm tawny color. Generally, the judges appreciate deep and warm colors in Ocicats. The contrast is important, as for any tabby cat, for that makes the pattern look nice.

Dora (Northalla Diorite) playing with an activating board:

In the above video by Jenni Peltola, Dora is showing her skills with the activating board. She finds the treats nicely, thanks to her super sense of smell, and using her paws. There are more videos in Youtube by Jenni, starring Dora. Take a look!