Things Only Tabby Cat Owners Would Understand

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What’s fun about the tabby cat is that it can literally be just about any breed cat in the world. The fact of the matter is that the tabby cat is just a cat with very specific markings and colorings, and it’s not a breed. That’s just not something most people understand, however, and it means that you’re going to own one that’s completely unlike the person next to you. Your tabby might not be anything like the tabby of someone else; it might not even be the same breed. It probably will not be the same size and it will definitely have a different personality. So here are a few things that only tabby cat owners understand.

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It can be Any Breed

What people who own a tabby understand is that it’s not a breed. You can own a tabby from any breed, almost, and people who do not own one do not understand this. So they will come over and say things like, “Wow. Your cat looks a lot like a…(insert cat breed here),” to which you will reply that it is that specific cat breed and they will question you about why you called it a tabby, and then you will have to explain the color markings and the whole story.

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There are no Two Alike

No two tabbies are alike. They’re all very different and they’re all very dissimilar, but they might have certain personality traits that they share. For the most part, however, they are very much like their breeds and they are all different. There is no way to really say what a cat is like unless you have one and you can say what your cat is like.

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It’s not a Breed

Tabbies are not a breed, though most people assume that they are. It’s just a marking that the cat has. It comes in four different patterns, and sometimes you have to check to see if yours is a tabby. In fact, many people own one and have no idea that they own one. You might want to look up the most common tabby markings and make a case for yours.

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It’s Like Every Other Cat

Tabbies are not ‘special’ or different other than their markings. Of course, all cats are special to their owners, so there is that. But at the end of the day, tabbies are very much like every other cat in the world in that they are just cats. They’re fun and loving and they sleep a lot and they steal hair ties like they are James Bond and it is their mission.

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Spotted Tabbies are Mistaken for Babies

It’s a very common mistake that many people make when they see a spotted tabby. The markings are so unique that many people mistake them for baby cats of a much larger variety. Some people might even assume you have something like a mountain lion or other animal around the house thanks to its very specific coloring and markings.

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It’s not Orange – Necessarily

Who here always thought that tabby cats were orange? My hand is in the air, too. Guess what? It’s not the case. Not all tabbies are orange, though some are orange. They’re animals that are very colorful and they can come in many different patterns and color schemes. You might see an orange tabby, but people are going to question you about it if yours is not orange.

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They are Friendly

As the owner of a tabby, you get that this is a friendly cat. What it is about the markings of this cat that make it so friendly is a mystery, but it’s a cat that just loves to be around people, spend time with people and get some love and affection from people. It’s a sweet cat with a lot to offer and a lot to do in life. We love the tabby.

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They’re Attached Cats

If you’re going to have a cat that’s highly attached, you’re going to find that a tabby is the way to go. This breed picks the person that does the most for it and becomes a little bit obsessed with that person in general. It’s kind of an interesting way to look at this cat, but owners of tabbies completely understand that this is what life is like with one hanging around
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They’re into Attention

Tabbies love attention. They are the center of it as often as possible. They love to be involved in parties and in interesting things. They love to spend time with people who are there for them. They love to spend time with their owners and their owner’s friends and their kids and really anyone who pays attention to them. Even the mailman who comes to the door is going to get to know the cat.

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They’re Fun-Loving

If you want a cat that is fun and enjoyable, you’re going to want the tabby. You know what it’s like living with one. It’s like living with a young frat guy who wants to have a good time all the time. There’s nothing wrong with that, but sometimes you just want to hang out and over-indulge in a good book or something of that nature instead of partying hard with the cat.

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They’re Stubborn

This darling cat is very stubborn. Perhaps it’s the cool markings the cat has that make it such a stubborn creature, but we don’t know. It’s so cool, though, to see that this cat has a stubborn personality. It’s not really going to do well with peer pressure, and it’s certainly not going to do well with other aspects of life that don’t work out in its favor. It does what it wants.

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They Know More than You

The tabby has a personality that makes it positive it knows far more than you. You, my friend, are just a lowly human who knows very little. And by very little we mean absolutely nothing. That means that your tabby is going to do what it wants, and this is probably exactly why your cat is so stubborn. In fact, it seems that maybe your cat is actually stubborn because it knows that you’re not all that smart. Who knows, but it does seem as if you will need to work additionally hard with this cat at home with you. Tabbies are, to be quite frank, quite the know-it-alls and they’re not afraid to admit that to anyone in their lives.

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They’re Not Lazy

Cats have an overwhelming reputation for being quite lazy. They sleep all day. They don’t bat an eye when you come into the room and they certainly do not get up to greet you at the door. They don’t exercise and they really aren’t all that interested in many things, are they? Wrong; your cat is really overwhelmingly interested in many things, and this includes everything. Tabbies are not lazy cats. Call it a side effect of the stripes. This is a very active cat that doesn’t seem like a cat so much because of its sheer desire to be active at all times.

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They’re a Lot like Dogs

Tabbies are often called the dog of the cat world. In fact, many of the breeds that include tabbies are very dog-like in that they like to exercise, they like to cuddle and they even do well on a leash or fetching balls and other toys. This makes it kind of more fun than other animals, and we have no real problem with the fact that this cat-dog is just a lot of fun. In fact, it’s like the best of both worlds; an animal like a dog that takes itself to the bathroom.

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They’re Bed Hogs

Tabby cats love to sleep with their owners. Oh, I’m sorry. What I meant to say is that they like to allow their owners to sleep with them. But not for long. Eventually your tabby will find a way to get you to move out of its way and onto your own side of the bed. And by your own side of the bed, we mean your tabby is going to kick you off the bed and make sure you have nowhere to sleep. That couch looks all right, though, don’t you think? The biggest problem in your life used to be whether or not the use the blanket or get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom or hope you can fall back to sleep. Now it’s whether or not you get to sleep in your bed or if you get to find a spot not covered completely in cat hair.

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They can Overreact at Times

Despite the fact that this type of cat is typically very fun-loving and laid-back, it can be a very over-reacting creature at times. There are cats that can be a little bit dramatic, and this is definitely one of them. We are almost positive, in fact, that this cat is a bit too much of an over-reacting diva, because it will either flip out or give you the silent treatment like you are nothing to it for the longest time. It’s kind of sad, really. You never know when it’s going to happen since you cannot read your cat’s mood until it’s too late, so good luck with that one if you choose to bring home one of these cats for your own family.

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They’re not Aloof

Some cats are very aloof. While you know this is not true of the tabby, there will very likely be times in your life that you wish your cat was aloof just so that it would leave you alone. As a tabby owner, you know that there is no such thing as an aloof tabby, and it can drive you nuts at times. It’s seriously one of the craziest things about this cat how much it wants to be involved in absolutely everything that you do, and you’re going to find it a little crazy at times.

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The Cat Runs the House

Tabbies are cats that really do appreciate being in charge, which means that they’re going to do whatever they can to take control of your household. We think, in fact, that most of these cats are under the impression that they own you and your home. It might actually be true, too. Most cat owners are happy to let their cats take over the house, but the tabby is not quite satisfied until it really does own your home completely and without question. Be prepared, people, because getting one of these cats means you lose control over everything in your life. It’s just the way things are.

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You get Little Say

With a tabby in the house, you will find that your opinion is obsolete. It no longer matters what you have to say. Oh, you want the cat to do this? No, it doesn’t really want to. You want the cat to learn a trick? No thank you, says the cat. Your tabby does not really let you have much say. In fact, some tabbies – depending on the breed – are actually so talkative on their own that you really, really do not get any say in the matter. Get ready to be the least important person in your house from now on.

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It’s a Lot of Fun

If there is one thing that tabby cat owners understand, it’s that cats like this are so much fun. They’re a little bit troublesome in that they don’t always listen thanks to their stubborn nature, but it’s also true that they are a lot of fun. Let’s face it, rule breakers and those willing to push the limits a bit typically tend to be a bit more fun than others. We can’t help the fact that we totally agree with this sentiment and that this cat makes it all the more apparent. It’s just the kind of animal that wants to rule the world, and it is so much fun to be around.

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