LOL XD genetics confuse me~ only recently have I noticed the enormous blunders I've been making in some character designs... her tail...just...whatdidido?!
From what I've seen, things don't always work that way. My last cat (tom) took after his father's coloration. My current cat, also a tom, takes after his father's coloration as well.
I used to breed rabbits in 4H for some time and the kits rarely ever looked like their parents...though, is their whole genetic inheritance thing set up completely different from cats? XD
Well, I got the first kitten from a farm. They had a tortoiseshell mother (mostly black) who had three kittens. Each was ginger. mine was a ginger tabby with a white chest and belly. The owners believed that the ginger tabby tom just across the street was the father. So, not a certain thing, but the most likely considering the short distance and the coloration.
2nd kitty is buff in color. I also got him from a farm. His mother was grey with a few pale orange spots (never seen a cat like her before XD). The father I'm less sure of, but he appeared to be the ginger tabby tom hanging around. So again, I wasn't certain, but these appeared to be the most likely of fathers.
Also, I suppose the mothers had a bit of ginger/pale orange, but the kittens still didn't look much like them.