Does a cat's stripes or spots go all the way to his skin?

United States
December 16, 2007 6:38pm CST
I've heard that cheetah and leapard spots go all the way to the skin. The spots are sort of like a tattoo on their skin, so even without fur you can see the pattern. And, I was wondering if domestic household cats are the same. I have tried peeking into my cats fur to see if his stripes and spots go all the way to his skin. But, I can't see anything. Does anyone know if this holds true for regular house cats? Does a domestic cats stripes or spots go all the way to their skin? Or, are they just on the fur? Just curious. Would love to know.