Identifying Tabby Cat Markings and Patterns

Is your cat a striped tabby or a blotched tabby?

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The markings of tabby cats come in two variants: blotched and striped. The term tabby originated from the word attabi, which is associated with watermarked silks from Bagdad; similar to pattern the seen on a tabby cat. The base color is overlayed with lines of a darker hue forming a clear-cut pattern.

The striped tabby has tiger-like stripes which go vertically from the back to the stomach. The striped tabby is more common than the blotched tabby that the familiar household cats will bear several signs of these stripes in the spots of color on their bodies. Show criteria prescribe that the dominant white cat be spawned out of the pedigree tabby. Your precious pets, being unaware of this appraisal, carry their patterns with pride.

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The blotched tabby cat is cloaked in a swirling pattern similar to that of a Rorschach blot. The pattern is parted down the middle of the cat and will be similar on either side. This tabby cat will bear a butterfly-like mark on his back, two stripes over his chest similar to a necklace (these are called Lord Mayor’s Chains in England), two long ovals having a patch in the middle on each flank, an encircled tail bearing a solid tip, and rings round the legs.  Keep in mind that these are for show standards. The perfect tabby has the letter M emblazoned on the forehead. Tabbies are widely varied in terms of colors (as evidenced by the tabby patches on your) like red, brown, silver, and blue.

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Spotted cats are somewhat similar to the tabby. The base color bears spotting with a darker shade which can be easily noticed while the cat is in motion. In a reclining position, the spotted cat may look like a striped tabby.

If your cat is striped, he or she is a tabby striped; if striped patches are predominant, your cat is a tabby patch.

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  1. girishpuri

    On February 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    beautiful cats

  2. xphantoms

    On February 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Good image, animal

  3. BruceW

    On February 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    “The perfect tabby has the letter M emblazoned on the forehead.” Is that M for moggy? ;-)

  4. Tiki33

    On February 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Great pictures. I take it that you are a cat lover. Thanks for the animal share!

  5. SharifaMcFarlane

    On February 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    The swirls are cute.

  6. Brenda Nelson

    On February 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I have been thinking about writing the same article, I just never get around to it!

    2 of my cats are tabbies.

  7. Aroosa Hermosa

    On February 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

    wow so cute and adorable.I like it

  8. avissado

    On February 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

    hey interesting read…for me cats were cats until now! thanks for all the “tabby” information

  9. Aroosa Hermosa

    On February 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

    again here

  10. CHIPMUNK

    On February 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    informative on Tabby cats thanks

  11. Buzz J

    On February 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Love you, kitty Athena…lol

    Great article.

  12. BlackMadonnaPress

    On February 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    &)

  13. CletaB

    On February 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Beautiful cats!

  14. Peter B. Giblett

    On February 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    What an interesting view of cats – I have not seen the cat with the twirl of colours in its fur.

  15. buenavida

    On February 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Awww – I love cats.. :) Great pictures!

  16. Sara Holt

    On February 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Awesome article! I love cats. I have one named, Sparky. He is my world.

  17. Ruby Hawk

    On February 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Interesting information about cats and your cats are beautiful.

  18. Safa

    On February 4, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Thanks for sharing this. Those are beautiful cats in your article.

  19. Borhan

    On February 4, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Nice information. Good share.

  20. Jackson

    On February 4, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Nice one

  21. iva75cpb

    On February 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I simply love your posts about cats, I’m such a cat fanatic!

  22. Jessica Louise

    On February 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Nice article, and beautiful photos :)

  23. lrdl3535

    On February 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Great article

  24. Stable

    On February 5, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I love tabby cats! Nice post and lovely pics.

  25. saritajain86

    On February 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Good job…

  26. Hettie

    On February 8, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Very interesting article

  27. jennyreeve

    On February 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Love this

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