Hey Phyllis --
Trigger is pretty cute... As you can tell, I also have a brown tabby... At first glance I thought my link had posted a photo of Ernie, but then there's no white scarf around Trigger's neck.
My condolences. Is that a hamster? Almost thought it was a guinea pig, but it's got too pointy a nose...
To everyone -
A little cat trivia for you...
* A tortoiseshell cat (brown, red and black mixed) will be, 999/1000 times, a female. The same goes for calico cats, which are genetically identical to tortoiseshell except for the inclusion of a white spotting gene [see below.] Any tortie/calico male will be sterile. This is because coat color is an X-linked gene and so the tortie/calico color includes a Brown X and a Red X. Any male tortie/calico must therefore have an XXY genotype, rendering it sterile.
* An all white cat with a black spot is genetically... a black cat with lots and lots of white spots. Genetically, white creates spots, and when there is a strongly expressed white gene, the spots fuse and create what looks to be a white cat with a few (or no) colored spots. You cannot guess the coloring of an all-white cat's parents, but you can be sure that at least one parent had some white fur. Because of this genetic expression, two all-white cats may produce colored offspring.
Up, up and away!