Revealing Cat Colours

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Remember this post, waaaaay back in 2011 about the colours of domestic cats and how it can signify the cat’s mission?

I thought I’d elaborate on what I’ve learned in the past few years.  Here’s a quick list:

– It seems that in general, only cats seem to have obvious colour-concurrences to their “mission” in life (whether it’s healing, helping with spiritual growth, grounding, being a clown, etc.)  Dogs and indeed most domestic pets come in with specific missions in relation to their human (why be a pet, otherwise?)  But with dogs it’s often breed-related, and dogs frequently seem to incarnate back into their *physical* line, meaning they seem to like to reincarnate into bodies that are decended from their previous bodies.  I’ve seen this with horses and I’ve absolutely heard this from wild birds, who reincarnate into their descendants.

But only cats seem to use fur colours to signal what exactly it is that they’re up to.

Here’s a list of the most common groupings, as observed by Penelope Smith and by me.  Now, keep in mind that not EVERY orange cat is a member of the “Orange Cat Contingent”, but all members of the Orange Cat Contingent make sure they have orange coats.

Orange tabby

Big change.  Cheerful, jollying you along, leaders, encourage leadership in their families, encourage self-confidence, bold, brash, encourage global change (they’re major environmentalists).  Sometimes they minor in energy healing (as many cats do!)  They hold the “vibration” of sunlight, energy, optimism, catalysts.  Orange cats may present themselves as signs to encourage you in a new beginning, to encourage you on your way.

Brown Tabby

Grounding.  Keeping you down to earth with love, snuggles, companionship, humour.  Big snugglers, big lovers.  They are awesome at helping you to love yourself, to become independent from the opinions of others, to remind you to connect with nature and connect with your true self / heart center / what you really want in life.  They’re great at calming you down and helping you through hard times.

Black & White (Tuxedo)

Sacred clowns!  Tuxies are born to raise the vibration of the people around them, constantly, through clowning!  My friend’s tuxie invented the most ridiculous way to eat his food: he backs his butt up the wall behind the food dish and eats his food while doing a handstand.  He does this “because it’s funny”.  Check out all the toilet-trained cats on you-tube – so many of them are tuxies!  They do it “because it’s funny”.  They also like to invent games, get into mischief (are known to flush their toys down the toilet once they’ve learned how to operate it!)  They’re all about living in the moment, making this moment brighter, happier.


Physical healing.  Traditional herbalists often had black cats, which is how they became associated with “witches” and “bad luck” in some countries.  In other countries, black cats are actually considered to be sacred and good luck!  Black cats are often medical intuitive and are excellent at scanning the bodies of humans and recommending particular plants with certain energy signatures.  I think black cats and herbalists have been working together for thousands of years, and that herbalists developed a close, animal communication relationship with their little helpers!  Today, the black cats throw suggestions into the brains of their loved ones to encourage good health.  Drink that tea.  You want to eat spinach.  You want to come to bed early tonight.

Black cats also seem to have a proud history of being muses to writers and artists, helping to hold a supportive, creative space.


I’ve noticed that many other psychic and animal communicators seem to find themselves in the company of white cats.  White cats seem to have this spiritual connection, this ability to help and support their humans in raising their own resonance so they can tap into and connect with the “divine”, be it nature, spirits, other animals or their own healing gifts.  White cats are often born deaf (as with many white dogs, it’s a genetic trait associated with the white gene).  Deafness in animals often ramps up their dependence of their telepathic abilities, (as does blindness) and consequently, white cats often choose deafness to amplify their ability to communicate telepathically with their humans, to facilitate their teachings.  That’s one hell of a devotion!

Siamese / Point colouring

Siamese are a breed more than a colouring, but they’ve been cross-bred so much that point colouring appears in many different types of housecats, and in “new” breeds.  In general, point-coloured cats take great pride in their ancestry and their spiritual responsibilities.  They’re extraordinarily devoted, and demanding of respect.  A Siamese-heritage cat has a way of asking “do you know who I am?”  And so asks you, “Do you know who YOU are?”  They model pride, spirituality, history and wealth.  They remind you to take pride in your own heritage, your own history and to demand respect.

I’ve noticed that some of the newer pointed cross-breeds like the Birmen and the Ragdolls seem to be more “black and white” clowny temperaments even thought they appear more Siamese.  I haven’t really figured out whether the newer breeds are coming in as contingents / missions or if they just want to be love bugs and have a good time.

Tortishell & Calico

These are the cats of artists.  They’re introspective, they’re beautiful, often shy and introverted, they seem to dress up every room they enter.  They’re excellent muses.  Often they give the human permission to be a loner, to be introspective, to be different, unusual, to contrast with their own environment.  They understand this life experience, and commiserate.

Grey / Silver

Childhood.  Many people who have owned grey cats knew them when they were children.  Grey cats often come in for the kids.  One thing I’ve noticed in readings is that Grey, Black and White cats often have past lives as cats among these three colours, but not in any other.  This seems a bit too much “on the nose” to be real to me, but there must be something energetically related about these colours and the beings who are attracted to these contingents.  Grey cats pop up in fluffy, long-haired, flat-faced bodies, and when they do they’re often speaking to the *inner* child of the adults in the house, helping the human to reconcile past experiences in this life and in their past lives.  Sleek, short-haired grey cats are much more active, and seem to do the best job at snapping the humans out of their “head” and into the moment, connecting them to their irrational inner wants and needs, which are really our spiritual wants and needs.

When it’s not possible for the humans to meet or act upon their spiritual wants and needs (because sometimes, life sucks) the greys are amazing at holding that space of hope, supporting the humans through their limbo, until the “sun can shine” in their life again.  Grey cats really help us to clear the clouds from our lives.

That’s what I’ve learned so far from hundreds of pet readings and through Penelope Smith’s teachings.

What do you guys think about this?  Did you / do you have a cat in any of these contingents?

*remember I love to see your pet photos!*



50 thoughts on “Revealing Cat Colours

  1. Love this!! It’s so interesting to reflect back on past kitties, their coloration, and where I was in life at that time. And now, I have my big loveable orange tabby, at a time of significant change and new beginnings. Very a propos!


    • Thank you so much for these amazing insights the orange tabby and tortie/ calico rings so true for me. For 10 years I had a cat colony in my backyard. It was hard at first to complete the TNR. 54 kittens later, it was finished. I had raised and adopted out many of them, yet 15 remained with me, either wild , tame, or between . Interesting that I had 17 torties / calicos and 23 orange tabbies in those many kitties. I have just completed a divorce after 40 years of unhappiness, I’m learning who I am, what my spiritual gifts are and what I will do to earn money for the rest of my life. It took me ten years to learn from those orange cats. And my Human design profile shows I’m part hermit, part activist. So, all those torties / calicos were giving me permission to be me. Final note, I found places for all 15 of the remaining kitties with the help of many friends as I have had to sell the house and move on to a very stripped down life. But, I’ll recreate my abundance and have fur babies again someday. So, thanks again.

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      • You’re an amazing woman. There is freedom to living a stripped down life for a time, as well. Maybe you could travel? With fewer possessions and no pets, it’s easier to put everything in storage and try a new part if the world.

        When we moved out west, we didn’t have any furniture for a few years. Some places we lived were partially furnished, but some weren’t! It was a challenge in many ways, but I wouldn’t change the experience of giving up almost everything to create a completely different life. It was worth it.


    • I love my Tabby and Black cat. Tabby is fat and lazy and seems to know I owe him something for picking me. My black baby is so eager to prove to me his love and loyalty. With multiple did animals delivered fresh and daily to my doorstep. I love both these boys.

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  3. I have had every colour cat imaginable. As a child I was drawn to black cats. As a teen we had a lot of rescues, probably over 20 that ran the colour spectrum. Then I ended up with a orange tabby and a white (Turkish van) for almost 20 years as an adult. Now I have a torty, long haired grey and 3 short haired greys. The greys are exactly what I need in my life right now. They love unconditionally.

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  4. I came back to this page because I had a dream last night of an orange and white kitten following me around and latching onto my foot lol. It was adorable. Never had that kind of dream before. It was nice :).


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  6. I loved reading this article. It is very interesting. I have a ragdoll cat and he seems to fit the Siamese description even though you mention that ragdolls can fit the tuxedo description. He is wonderful cat who has helped our family so much.

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  7. I have 2 black cats right now. I read on another website that says, it represent going into unity and wholeness. I feel very spot on at this time in my life. I used to have an all white cat and an orange/white cat few years ago. During that time, it was a difficult period for me going through a lot of spiritual awakenings, changes and healings. To date, white cat is still my favorite color cat. White is actually my favorite color. I love all things white.

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  8. Thank you so much for this! I live in rural mountain forest. I spotted a cat a few x’s for about a month but she’d not come to me. Then when it turned cold, she was at my window one morning looking in. A lynx point siamese. Bright blue eyes. The very instant i saw her, I said my mother brought her to me. Mom died a few years prior very suddenly. The kitty was starving, cold and i found out she had had kittens, so someone dropped her off to fend for herself in the woods. She was just a bsby herself. No collar, chip, not spayed and noone claimed her. Kittens were nowhere to be found. Poor thing. Shes happily part of our family, safe, warm, loved, healthy. Anyway, A couple months later I was missing my mother horribly that day. I have a painting that mom painted…it hangs at the foot of my bed. I look at it every day, but don’t really LOOK look at it. Its a girl with a cat on her lap. I can only describe the moment as being pulled to the painting. When I looked at it closely, I saw that the cat on the girls lap was mine. Blue eyes, dark ears, tail, paws. ..cream colored body! What a glorious moment. I giggled and stopped crying! Mama did bring her to me. I love you description of siamese and anscestors! How about that. Fast forward to today… I had someone doing energy work on me. Very clearly , at the end of the session, in my minds eye, a pure white cat came to my left side and sat. It was so ridiculously clear and such a random but impactful vision, that I had to look up the meaning of white cats. It’s all so beautiful. Thank you for your words!! They mean a great deal. Blessings and love!

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      • this is right on for both my black & white Tuxedo Cat Elvis. This is a painting I did of him juggling- like a clown. He stands up & does that on the window pane when he wants me to let him in. He asked for the name Elvis, something I would never name a cat otherwise.
        Samson came to me after I lost my 15 year old Ginger cat Spike. Samson is a cat model & goes to facilities as a therapy cat. He wants to get the message out about being a rescue kitten that came thru the foster kitten system. We can save more kittens if we have more people become fosters. So he is pushing me to make more public appearances & be more active for all cats.

        Thanks for this article its fun. I have never thought of looking at color as a way of cat personality. Our family farm ended up with 50 yellow tabbies (Inbreeding was definitely a factor) so I always HAVE to have a yellow tabby.
        I also have 2 Siamese type of cats, cant say you are spot on about them. Currently a tortie foster kitten is sitting on my foot & I had a tortie when I was in high school. I also had a long haired grey tabby as a kid. So many cats, so little time!


    • He would pull elements from both orange and white cats, but something about your note also wants me to link you to the calico. It’s rare for male cats to be calicos, and I wonder if your cat is an XXY chromosome cat too!


  9. My dear maine coon cat Franklin was definitely a brown tabby contingent my goodness. I was trying too do some research on the symbolism I had in a dream of 3 calico cats living/visiting in my house, 2 of them I knew and one I didn’t. But I just had the clearest sense of Franklin reading about the brown tabbies, and he definitely came into my life when I needed grounding.

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  10. Hi, last night I woke up to a cat meowing outside my open window, trying to get in through the screen, and my dog was not exactly growling or whining but maybe a mix of both, at the window to the cat. This was at night and I didn’t have my glasses on but it looked similar in size and color to my cat, a Russian blue. I held my dog back and I thought it strange how easily and fast she complied to laying down. I coaxed the cat inside, telling her it was safe to come in, and I saw the cat come in. This morning I went outside to superglue the screen back on my window, considering I thought my cat escaped through it (and there’s a bobcat nearby so we don’t like her out) but when I went to glue it, the screen was in tact, no hole a cat could get through. My Fitbit shows I was indeed awake at the time so clearly this was not my car since she is alive and there is no possible way she went through the window. The cat I saw has no connection to me, I never owned another grey cat. Could you have any guesses as to what this was a sign for? What was this cat trying to tell or show me? Thank you!


  11. I loved this article! I found this site when looking up the meaning of a friendly grey cat in a dream. Fascinating, I had a seal point Himalayan and it is so funny you say they ask you do you know who you are, I had a big awakening after she passed away and when I looked back, during her time with me, there were sooo many clues that spirit was trying to get me to awaken. Loved her dearly and you are right, she was not a simese but a newer breed I guess and a huge clown! I’ve always been in love with tortoiseshell cats, the longhaired, they are so beautiful and gentle and sweet and there is an artist in me that sometimes comes out.

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    • I wrote this before we got our current cat friends, Rupert and Mikey. Rupert is a sort of ragdoll genetic throwback, he’s very burmese / siamese like, and he challenges both Kat and I to see ourselves. He’s also endlessly entertaining and opinionative.

      Mikey is like a cross with an orange cat and white cat, but he is still so kittenish!

      Cat love forever 🙂


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  13. Loved this article! I have a Siamese that was a stray cat, no chip or anything and from what people told me he had been there for some time right in front of my building. I’ve had dogs my entire life and always wished to have a cat because I loved my Aunts’s cats so I was quite thrilled to adopt him and oh my is he precious, he loves being on my lap and is very community e, he’s always waiting for me at the door and I swear he replies the “Hello”, which is very specific in my language, when I get home. One day I saw him getting agitated and puffing his tail to nothing, and among others events there was some bad energy in that house. Eventually I changed to a bigger apartment that has a patheo he can go to and enjoy fresh air and there haven’t been anymore weird events since then. He came to me or us some time after I had started a relationship. Being gay I do wonder now if he’s a reminder to take pride in who I am and to not be afraid to show it to others. (Something I’ve always felt uneasy doing with my loved one and I do know it can come across as coldness).


  14. Kate, Your work is beautiful, insightful and aware, thank you. I have become guardian to a clan of feral cats and while they are the wildest of any I have ever met, they all seem to be raving individualists! And from what I can tell so far, your descriptions are right on! In this case the needs of the clan decide the day-to-day life work of each individual but they shine through the job to show you in no uncertain terms who is what and why. The Queen is Mama Teu: orange and white, steel will and rules with same. She has birthed all members (now total of 6). Many have been killed and when that happens the others step up and take their particular turn nursing, guarding and generally tending the young still alive. Mama has survived a terrible attack of Coyotes; the smallest and possibly bravest of her off-spring has stepped up to care for her.(white w/ calico) He is very brave because now she suffers PTSD and attacks everyone. (He is undaunted; he is also the clan decoy for predators!) The stories are endless, their lives fascinating and I am blessed to have them near. (They have prompted me to start a blog about them) Thanks again for your offerings…they will enjoy knowing humans are more aware! Though between you and I, I’m pretty sure they are a light year or two ahead of us on awareness.
    I can send pics but they are large files.


    • I’d love to see photos and hear more of the stories. Thank you for taking care of them, and paying attention to their very rich lives. Are you able to provide any vet care, or spaying / neutering to the colony?


  15. Very Interesting! I have a grey cat and I’ve been in a spiritual rut since my close friend passed away about a year and a half ago. I got Gus a month before the one year anniversary of her death. On the anniversary I was in my bed crying and he ran up to me and showed me the most affection he’s ever given. I remember when I saw him in the shelter there was a moment when our eyes locked and I felt like he was saying something to me and instantly I said this one I’m adopting him! The woman at the shelter said when she went to put him in the box he jumped in like he knew exactly what was going on. Everyone thinks I’m crazy when I tell them about mine and Gus’ connection so I’m really glad I found this article and blog to feel a little less alone.

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    • Awwwww. I remember when I got Leo, my first cat, when I opened the kennel at the humane society he curled into my neck and purred. I believe you, some of our animals have known us longer than this one life. ❤️

      I am sorry about your friend. It can take a long time to heal, so please make sure you are taking very good care of yourself physically and emotionally. I have also found reiki to be helpful when I have to grieve the loss of a loved one.


  16. I would love to use your writtings in my facebook collage pic. Just want to make sure it is ok. I will put a link to your blog if you dont answer, at least you will get credit 🙂

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  17. Just adopting a grey cat ! I´ve let her the time to come to me, she looked at me, she came close and touched me, and the sign was… throwing me her ball two times, so directly. Afraid she could leave. My siamese left this summer, and she was a real queen. I cannot wait to know what this new cat ( doesn’t have name yet… Ribambelle, Rominette… she’s French ;)…) I’ve always wanted a grey one, but not really wanted to domesticate any cat. And.. Hope, the siamese, came in our life by herself, which opened something in myself looking after her, greating her, admiring her deep blue eyes… I remember I had read this post when looking for her this summer, and told me I maybe had hesitated somewhere when telling her to come back home. Now I feel she had a mission with us, and this new cat can come and take the space. Still hoping she will stay !!


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