Oh, OK, I may not be a “real” tabby but I have tabby markings. Actually, all three of us do and since today is National Tabby Day, I wanted to share our tabbiness with you.
My brofur, Echo, is our “real” tabby. He has long fur so it is a little harder to see his stripes but he has the markings of the original, mackerel pattern. He has stripes on his sides that look like the bones in a fish. His are pretty broken and not solid like some. He also sports the double necklace and a fairly dark M on his forehead.
Mom doesn’t have many photos of his body because she loves to photograph his beautiful face and eyes.
Ocean is a Siamese mix with what is called lynx points. The lynx point Siamese came from an accidental mating of a pure bred, seal point Siamese with a tabby cat. An offspring from that litter was mated to another seal point Siamese resulting in the first seal point tabby.
Most people associate blue eyes with Siamese cats but did you now there are lots of other breeds with blue eyes? The typical ones are Siamese, Ragdoll, Birman, Snowshoe, Tonkinese, Balinese, Thai cat (the traditional Siamese), Javanese, Turkish Van, Himalayan and Ojos Azules. Even more breeds can have blue eyes depending on their coat color. So, even though my blue eyes probably came from being part Siamese, it is not a given.
You can see my tabby markings in my striped legs and tail.
Cats with blotched coats of red and black are called tortoiseshell or tortie for short. If the blotches are striped they are called torbies. Since I have so much white, I’m really a calico and not a tortie. When the colors are faded out like mine, it is called dilute, so a light blotched, striped cat would be called a dilute torbie.
Mom says I’m quite a conglomeration. My coloring is part dilute calico, part tabby and somewhere I got blue eyes. Oh, and I can’t forget my white feet that might mean I’m part snowshoe. That could also be the origin of my blue eyes. I don’t think my pattern or color has a name. I guess it doesn’t really matter. Mom says I’m beautiful and that’s all that matters to me.
Do you have a tabby in your house? Do you have one with an unusual color like me? If so, I’d love to know about him or her.
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