10 Fascinating Facts about the Tabby Cat
April 3rd, 2020
National Tabby Day is April 30; a day set aside to celebrate these unique creatures! Tabby cats are wonderful pets, with so much love to give. Shelters are brimming with adult and kitten tabbies waiting for their forever homes. If you're willing to love and care for a new feline family member, a tabby cat will make a special friend for life!
Here are some interesting facts about tabby cats:
1. Tabbies Were Named After a Baghdad Silk
Tabby cats got their name by being compared to silk from the "Attabiy" district in Baghdad, and the 14th century Middle French term for it was "atabis," which then became "tabis," and eventually our English word, "tabby."
2. Tabby Is Not a Cat Breed
Tabbies are not an actual breed, but rather, the name is a way to describe the unique markings on their coats that set them apart. So "tabby cat" refers to a category of cats, not a recognized breed.
3. Tabbies Have a Characteristic "M" on Their Foreheads
Countless legends surround the characteristic "M" that tabby cats have on their foreheads. However, the explanation lies within the genes. Essentially, the tabby pattern comes in the cat's DNA, and the "M" marking is a part of the pattern.
4. Tabby Cats Come in Many Coat Colors
The most familiar tabby coats are black, but there are variations in the pigment, resulting in black, orange, and gray tabbies. Interestingly, orange tabby cats are usually male (about 20-25% of orange tabby cats are female).
5. Tabby Cats Have Five Unique Patterns
Classic tabbies have bold, swirling patterns, mackerel tabbies have narrow stripes, and spotted tabbies have large or small spots. Ticked tabbies don't have stripes or spots, but instead, have tabby markings on the face and agouti hairs (hairs with more than one band of color) on the body. Patched tabbies can show any one of the previous patterns, with the markings usually more apparent on the legs and head.
6. Tabby Patterns Are Suited for the Wild
Tabby patterns assist in camouflage when cats are hiding in tall grass or brush hunting for prey. Tigers and leopards both have tabby patterns.
7. Tabbies Are Affectionate and Intelligent
These unique creatures are incredibly affectionate and intelligent. They love cuddles and a whole lot of attention. However, tabbies can get pretty cranky if they don't get their way; since as a rule they are very bright, they usually end up getting what they want.
8. Tabbies Are Very Social
Tabbies are fantastic pets, especially for children, because of how social and friendly they are. They love participating in family activities and thrive on being around their human families and other cats or dogs in your home.
9. Tabbies Have "Big" Personalities
Tabbies are very good at expressing their feelings and will let you know if they are sad, angry, happy, or playful. They are known for being friendly, affectionate, and playful, so their human families are in for quite the treat.
10. Tabbies Are Excellent Hunters
If you are in search of a "mouse exterminator," a tabby may be your best friend. Tabbies are hunters by nature. They just can't resist the thrill of chasing down and hunting rodents.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital
Pet parents all agree that tabbies make wonderful, loyal companions. If you are considering adopting a tabby, All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in Kirkland, WA is here to help. We are proud to offer a wide range of services for our four-legged patients. You can always count on us for purr-fectly compassionate care!
Ways to Keep Your Cat Safe and Cool This Summer
July 1st, 2022
10 Fascinating Facts About Persian Cats
June 1st, 2022
How to Correctly Transition Cat Foods
May 6th, 2022
What Your Cat’s Tail Is Secretly Trying to Tell You
April 5th, 2022
6 Common Household Items That Are Poisonous to Cats
March 1st, 2022
How Do I Know if My Cat Needs Dental Surgery?
February 16th, 2022
How to Safely Introduce Your Cat to Your New Baby
January 11th, 2022
Giving a Cat as a Christmas Gift: How to Do It Responsibly
December 6th, 2021
5 Thanksgiving Foods That Are Toxic to Cats
November 5th, 2021
Is My Kitty Depressed? Signs to Look For in a Sad Cat
October 7th, 2021
Training Tips for New Kitten Owners
September 7th, 2021
Taking Your Cat to the Vet: How to Make It a Stress-Free Experience
August 6th, 2021
The Origins and History of the Tabby Cat
July 13th, 2021
We are hiring a Veterinary Technician!
July 12th, 2021
Kitty Claw Control: How and When to Cut Your Cat’s Nails
June 7th, 2021
Is it Time To Switch My Feline’s Food?
May 5th, 2021
5 Fascinating Facts About Siamese Cats
April 1st, 2021
Litter Box 101
March 1st, 2021
How to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth
February 1st, 2021
10 Tips on How to Introduce Your New Cat to Other Pets
January 4th, 2021
How You Can Help Animal Shelters This Holiday Season
December 4th, 2020
Senior Cat Behaviors and Symptoms
November 5th, 2020
Cat Obesity: No Laughing Matter
October 6th, 2020
What You Need to Know About Hyperthyroidism in Cats
September 1st, 2020
ATTENTION: National Prednisolone Shortage
August 17th, 2020
The Importance of Taking Your Cat to Your Vet
August 1st, 2020
5 Common Cat Noises and What They Mean
July 2nd, 2020
Summer Days Are Coming: Guide to Cat Grooming
June 1st, 2020
COVID-19 Update for Clients of All About Cats Veterinary Hospital
March 16th, 2020
Tips for Dealing with an Aggressive Cat
March 6th, 2020
5 Common Oral Problems Found in Felines
February 4th, 2020
How Often and How Much Should I Feed my Kitten?
January 6th, 2020
Tips for Bringing an Outdoor Cat Indoors for Winter
December 6th, 2019
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
November 1st, 2019
National Veterinary Technician Week
October 1st, 2019
Signs Your Cat Is in Pain
September 1st, 2019
Senior Cat Care Tips
July 1st, 2019
Top Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Cat
June 1st, 2019
Diabetes in Cats – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
May 1st, 2019
Bringing Home Your New Kitten
January 1st, 2019