A beautiful, cuddly and intelligent cat having fur coats of dots, stripes, or lines really look like a small tiger, is known as a tabby cat. All tabby cats having a mark resembling an “M” on their forehead. This mark makes the tabby cats different and unique look. Due to its appearance, every cat lover like to keep it in-house.
Why this cat is known as tabby?
Tabby is a French word means “striped silk taffeta” and tabis word also drove from it which means “a rich watered silk”. It denotes a coat pattern. Because of strips or dots on the fur, it is known as a tabby cat. These cats found in different sizes and colors.
Tabbies are not like Persian kitty (cat breed). It doesn’t have long hairs like Persian cats. But many people like it. This is found in wild as well as in domestic cats. All domestic cats have the tabby gene. But the gene of some cat breed hides the tabby appearance and also change the color of eyes.
Tabby patterns on tabby cats
Four type of tabby pattern cats, genetically different found in the world. That pattern on the body of cats are classic, ticked, mackerel and spotted.
The classic tabby cat is also known as a marbled or blotched cat. Usually, it has a pattern in the colors of black, ochre and dark brown. But sometimes you can see the grey patterns on the body of some tabby cats. Classic tabby cats have dark stripes on their tail, cheeks, and legs.
Ticked tabby cat
Ticked tabby cat has a pattern which makes the grizzly color of fur of light and dark bar or lines. These patterns look like a pattern made of salt and pepper.
Mackerel tabb caty
Mackerel tabby cat’s pattern is most commonly an original pattern. It has narrow strips which run in both sides in a parallel direction. Because of its pattern people call it a small tiger. Mackerel is also known a fishbone tabbies because of mackerel fish. Mackerel pattern is only striped coat pattern seen in the domestic cats.
Spotted tabby cat
Spotted tabby cats have a pattern like a mackerel tabby cat pattern. You can see both small and large spot pattern on the body of a spotted tabby cat.
Tabby cats colors
Tabby cats are found in different patterns and in different colors as well. Mostly these tabby cats have grey and orange color with different color marking on the body. Mostly, male tabby cats have orange color with classic, mackerel or ticked pattern.
Orange and ginger tabbies mostly famous because of their lazy and docile personality. Many cartoon characters are also made on these cats like Garfield, and Morris which become very famous.
Interesting concept in different Religions about Tabby cats
Because of tabby cat appearance, many legends pushes genetics aside with notions how these marking “M” came about.
Personality traits of Tabby cats
Personality vise tabby cats are friendly, intelligent, sassy, and very affectionate. People believe that tabby is a happy-go-lucky cat. It is a wonderful companion also. Red tabbies, as well as orange, ginger, and marmalade, can be feisty and bossy.
Because of its friendly and playful nature, they love to hang around the family. It becomes more attached to that person who does all the task related to their daily routine. Tabby cat loves to share their bed with their owners.
Fun Facts About Tabby cats
- Tabby cats were considered as old as the earth.
- Garfield is a famous orange tabby, which is an American shorthair breed.
- Lifespan range of tabby cats is 10-15 years only.
- Some people believe that tabby cats are most favorite cats of witches.
- Morris is also an orange tabby cat that starred as a commercial model of 9lives.
- Orange and black tabby cats are also called “ marmalade cats”.
- It is more affectionate and friendly even with other animals.
- An orange tabby cat can eat everything.
- Orange tabbies are brave but lazy.
- Tabbies have shining eyes.
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