Orange Tabby Cat Photos and Profiles
8 September, 2011
ORANGE TABBY CATS AND THEIR RELATIVES
As I have mentioned more than once, I have a very special cat named Sammy. He is an Orange tabby and is found everywhere on my website. I have always had a special place in my heart for the orange tabby and it made me wonder if his incredible, fun disposition is due to his being orange or just a tabby. And what really is a tabby cat anyway.
I did some research and found out some fun, interesting information about tabbies.
First of all, a tabby is not a breed. The term doesn’t refer to a color either. Instead, tabby refers to the cat’s coat pattern. A tabby cat has a very distinct coat pattern that may include stripes, swirls, whorls, and spots.
Although, the tabby is not a color, it comes in different color variations: there are red and silver tabbies for example. The most common colors happen to be orange (my Sammy) and gray. Bicolor cats, such as the Torbie cat, display red (or brown) and black markings. The classic tabby usually is brown. Tabbies show a very distinct “M” on their foreheads.
Tabby patterns occur in several cat breeds, including the Abyssinian, Egyptian Mau, Manx, Maine Coon, Persian, and Ragdoll. It is believed that the tabby coat pattern (particularly the mackerel pattern) closely resembles the pattern of the cat’s distant ancestors.
The tabby pattern can be divided into four categories: classic, mackerel, ticked, and spotted. However, there’s some controversy surrounding the spotted pattern as some believe that this pattern is just a variation of the mackerel. Here’s some information about each pattern:
The classic tabby pattern displays swirls and well-defined, wider stripes than the other tabby patterns. Usually, a classic tabby cat will show a thick stripe going from the neck all the way down to the base of her tail.