Tabby Cat

spotted tabby cat

A Tabby Cat is known for it’s beautiful pattern of colors on their fur coats.  The tabby pattern is found in many cats which is why it is often times mistaken for an actual type of cat breed.  The domestic cat’s ancestor, the African Wildcat, is said to have a tie to the coloration of the tabby pattern.  Tabby cats’ fur comes in an array of colors and patterns, making each one almost entirely different from the other.  Genetics have caused Tabby cats to have no set coloration or pattern of fur.  This leads to the different types of Tabby cats that can be found.

tabby cat fur pattern

There are four main types of Tabby cats that can be found and they are as follows:

The Spotted Tabby

The Spooted Tabby cat and the Mackerel Tabby cat have similar fur patterns.  The only distinction that really sets thee two tabby cats apart is how the stripes are actually formed on the Spotted Tabby cat.  The stripes appear to look like spots which is why this type of tabby cat is called the Spotted Tabby.

The Classic Tabby

This tabby cat is one of the most commonly identified tabby.  They have wide stripes that sometimes form swirling patterns and they have an ‘M’ shaped pattern on there head which is similar to the Mackerel Tabby cat.  The color patterns are usually made up of browns and blacks.  The Classic Tabby cat almost has a uniform look to it’s tail which traces back through the cat’s family history.

The Agouti/Ticked Tabby

The patterns on the Ticked Tabby actually create hairs that have a certain color to them.  Ghost striping can often be found on the belly or the legs.  Usually you will find that pattern near the bottom half of the Ticked Tabby cat.  This is how you can definitely tell the difference from a Ticked Tabby cat from the others.  It gives it a black and white mix of colors.

The Mackerel Tabby

Just like the Classic Tabby cat, the Mackerel Tabby cat also has an ‘M’ shaped pattern on its forehead.  The stripes on the Mackerel Tabby cat are different from the others’ patterns because their stripes are narrow.  This tabby cat is the most common of the tabbies and is also known as the Fishbone Tabby, simply because its name is Mackerel.  These tabby cats also have black spots that sometimes form on their pink noses which give them a speckled pattern that is distinctive.

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Tabby cats can have different behavioral patterns but the two most common that usually go together are feisty and affectionate.  They want your attention, but they want it right then an there.  Tabbies pretty much give you love but expect it in return right after.  It is definitely a good characteristic to have for a cat seeing as how you can’t even get some cats to come near you!


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