When shopping for the perfect addition to your family, you need to consider your options. Cats are by far the most interesting little creatures, and finding one that makes your heart swoon is almost as fun at giving your furry little friend his first taste of cat nip. A tabby cat is a popular option for cat lovers everywhere, and there are rich facts and interesting distinctions surrounding this little animal.
What Is A Tabby Cat?
A tabby cat is not a breed of cat, which many would assume. It is, in fact, a color pattern.There are quite a few varities of tabby cats available in multiple breeds. Grey tabby cats, silver tabbies, even spotted ones. It is still debated as to whether of not some form of this tabby pattern is genetic or even inheritable at all. Scientists say that the pattern of a tabby cat is not related to the color at all, therefore the tabby pattern is a wide variety. The only color cat that doesn’t come in a tabby pattern is a white cat.Many times the faint tabby pattern is visible on the black cat also.
A spotted tabby may not be a true tabby cat, but they are still classified as such. Apparently, there is a modifier that breaks up the stripes of a Tabby making it appear spotted. Interestingly enough, all of these different variations can be found in a wide variety of breeds, making the tabby cat a more interesting choice when compared to other types of cat.
Legend Has It
Some breeds of tabby have a distinguishable “M” on their foreheads. There are several legends behind this “birthmark,” and most are religious based. Some say that Mary bestowed an “M” on the tabby cat’s forehead after it kept baby Jesus warm all night, others claim that Mohammed marked the cat after it warned him of impending danger.
Unhappily, the truth is that Mary spoke in Aramaic and Mohammed spoke Arabic, therefore none of them might have used the letter “M” to differentiate their names. But the legend lives on, and is a fun story to share, giving your special pet a mystical purpose.
This tidbit of information makes a tabby cat seem like the logical choice when shopping for your new pet.In addition to its great historical legends, and unique genetic disposition, these cats are a step ahead in terms of their features.