These Are the 8 Rarest Cat Colors and Patterns

Cream: A rare cat color, cream, with its soft white and orange undertone, is derived from red or ginger coloring with the influence of a dilution gene, making it technically an orange cat breed.

Lilac: Lilac, a pale brown with a slight purple tint, is found in point-color for Persian, Siamese, and Balinese breeds, and requires both parent cats to have the primary gene for coat color.

Fawn: An uncommon diluted coat color, fawn, lighter than usual, is caused by the cinnamon gene and is seen in breeds like Abyssinian, Oriental Shorthair, and British Shorthair.

Colorpoint: Cats with the colorpoint pattern have a lighter body color with darker coloring around ears, paws, and nose, and are common in Siamese, Himalayan, Birman, Ragdoll, and Snowshoe breeds.

Tortoiseshell: Tortoiseshell cats, a mix of orange and black fur, are mostly female due to sex-linked colored genes, and are known for their fiery personalities, found in Maine Coon, Ragdoll, Persian, and other breeds.

Chocolate: A combination of brown and black, chocolate-colored cats, though not rare, may be less naturally occurring, seen in breeds like Havana Brown, Burmese, Balinese, and Siamese.

Blue: Rare silver or gray coloring, known as blue or Russian Blue, originates from recessive genes and is found in breeds like Russian Blue, Korat, Chartreux, and Persian.

Black Smoke: Black smoke cats have a dark, smokey hue, often seen in Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest Cat, Turkish Angora, and other breeds, with fur variations on paws or spots.