What is a dilute tortie cat?
Also known as a muted tortie, a dilute tortie is a type of coat colour and pattern which consists of grey and cream markings.
This striking coat pattern is the dilute form of the more traditional black and red (orange) tortie pattern. Tortoiseshell almost exclusively occurs in female cats as the orange gene is located on the X chromosome, as the male (XY) only inherits one copy of the X chromosome he will either be orange or non-orange. As a female cat (XX) has two X chromsomes, if she inherits one copy of the orange gene, and one copy of black, she will be tortoiseshell. The dilute gene changes black and red to grey and cream.