The eggs are four in number, of a dark olive colour, blotched and spotted with rich brown.
It is uniformly green or more or less spotted, blotched or suffused with red or crimson, or sometimes, as in N.
In the one the pattern consists of narrow vertical stripes, and in the other of longitudinal or obliquely longitudinal stripes, which, on the sides of the body, tend to assume a spiral or sub-circular arrangement characteristic of the blotched tabby.
Cats of the striped type are no doubt descended from the European and North African wild cats; but the origin of cats exhibiting the blotched pattern appears to be unknown.
I.-Skins Of The Blotched Domestic Cat, Showing Some Of The Variations To Which The Pattern Is Liable.