Thanks for the !!Originally Posted by VelvetRed;4075609;
Gutmutter, a tortoiseshell is a cat that is orange/black all over except maybe white paws, a face marking, or belly. If you would describe it more as "a white cat with orange and black spots" it's a calico.
The tabby you describe is, I think, a "classic" tabby. There are 3 tabby patterns; classic, which has the 'bullseye" or swirl effect, 'ticked" or "agouti" so you can hardly see any stripes except on the face or legs, and "mackerel", where the stripes are up and down like a tiger or "spots' like fish scales.
Ringo is a mackerel tabby, and I still can't find him. The food was gone from the trap this morning and the door was sprung sometime between 7-10 am,so I'll try again tonight.