Tabby Cats 101- 10 Interesting Facts about Tabby Cats

Tabby Cats 101- 10 Interesting Facts about Tabby Cats

Tabby Cats 101 Tabby cats are considered one of the most
“classic” looking domestic cats, most likely because tabby cats are the most common. If you ask someone what kind of cat they have,
chances are good they answer that they have a tabby cat. Heck, we even have our own orange tabby, Rusty. Let’s get to know this ubiquitous kitty. Hi, I’m Leroy and I’m Rosie and this is
Animal Facts. Let’s get started. But, before we start, take a moment to like
and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. 10. Despite the popularity of tabbies, many people
still consider the tabby cat its own breed. Tabby cats are not a breed of cat. When referring to the “Tabby” in tabby
cats, we are actually talking about the color pattern of the cat’s fur. The tabby color pattern is most often stripes,
but can sometimes be a combination of stripes, swirls, and even spots. Every single domestic cat breed has the gene
for the tabby pattern. The pattern can show up in various recognized
breeds such as Maine Coons, Abyssinians, Bengals, British and American Shorthairs and quite
a few others. Hey guys, we’ve been working on our Patreon
page and hope you’ll check it out at 9. So, What’s With The “M” On your Tabby
Cat’s Forehead? Many tabby cats will have a pattern on their
forehead that looks like the letter “M”. Several religions have stories as to why tabbies
have earned this marking. In Christianity, a tabby came to the Manger
to keep baby Jesus warm, so Mary marked him with an “M” to thank him. In Islam, a tabby cat called Muezza once saved
his master Mohammed’s life by killing a snake that crept up his sleeve. The scientific reason behind the M on the
forehead of tabby cats is nothing more than genetics. The “M’ it appears is written in DNA. 8. Tabby cats have four unique pattern types. These include: mackerel, blotched, striped
and ticked. Each of these patterns looks different, but
the blotched pattern is the most commonly occurring. Blotched tabbies are also called “classic”
or “marbled” tabbies. 7. Tabby patterns are likely common because they
are the best suited for the wild. These patterns assist in camouflage when cats
are hiding in tall grass or brush hunting for prey. Tigers and leopards both have tabby type patterns. 6. Tabby cats were named after a striped silk
made in Baghdad. The cats were compared to the silk, giving
them the name “tabby.” The silk comes from the Attabiy district in
Baghdad and the 14th century Middle French term for it was “atabis,” that soon turned
to “tabis.” This, of course, translated into our English
word, “tabby.” 5. Orange tabby cats, like our cat Rusty here,
are almost always male. This fact tells us that gender and coat color
genetics are somehow related, at least in orange tabby cats. Up to 80% of orange tabbies are male. The reason? The gene that codes for orange fur is on the
X chromosome. Since females have two X’s and males are
XY, this means that a female orange cat must inherit two orange genes (one from each parent)
whereas a male only needs one, which he gets from his mother. Conversely, most Calico and tortoiseshell
cats are female with only about 1 in 3,000 being male. 4. The town of Talkeetna, Alaska, has a unique
mayor – a 17-year-old orange tabby cat named Stubbs. Stubbs first swept the vote as a write-in
candidate 15 years ago and has been presiding over the 900-resident historic district ever
since. Residents say they are quite satisfied with
his leadership thus far and that he is perhaps their best mayor….ever. They also say they like that he never raises
taxes. 3. The original tabby fur pattern most closely
matches that of the African wildcat and the European wildcat. These petite wild cats can trace their respective
origins back as far as 131,000 years. However, the first domesticated cats appeared
only about 10,000 years ago. Scientific researchers say that even today
there is very little genetic or appearance variation between the domestic tabby cat and
its closely linked wild cat cousins. 2. One thing you’ll never see is a tabby with
a solid orange coat. For some reason, orange tabbies will always
have some sort of pattern in their coat—the mackerel one, in particular, makes them look
quite a lot like little tigers! And for what it’s worth, domestic house
cats and tigers share about 96% of their DNA—oh my! Patreon or clicking the Paypal link on And as always catch ya next time. 1. True to their cartoon mascot Garfield, orange
tabbies tend to enjoy eating–so much so that leaving their food out all day (a freedom
that many cat owners enjoy) can lead to a big cat—and big problems. Just like in humans, obesity in cats has been
linked with a variety of health problems, including feline diabetes, cancer, and joint
damage. A proper cat diet is a must for orange tabbies! Want more fun, fauna facts? Go ahead and smash that subscribe button and
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Comments (100)

  1. Tell us about your tabby cat!

  2. It also like to hide and come to you when she wants attention she loves to play hide and seek too!

  3. Great vid im sunscribing

  4. Awesome video! Learned a lot of facts, and I'm so glad I adopted a tabby!

  5. My evil ginger tabby has a SUPER strong personality. She LOVES to eat and LOVES to be annoying. She is an outdoor cat and goes outside a lot. When she is outside she kills as many animals as she can. She kills bunnys rats shrews all kinds of birds and nasty bugs. She leaves the body our porch and eats the head and later throws it up. Her name is sunny and when she wants something she will do anything she can to get it. When she wants to go outside she goes to the door and scratches at it like a dog and meows as loud as she can . Not to mention when she does this it's around 9 o'clock. So we let her out then at 3 am she goes to the back yard and jumps onto the BBQ and meows at my mom's window until you let her in. Then we feed her bacuse she is always hungry meowing as loud as she can for food. We feed her a little bit at a time because she throws up. But for some reason she sits on the stair case THROWS UP AND THEN MEOWS AT THE DOOR TO GO OUTSIDE AGAIN. ….. STILL at 3AM!!!!!!. And this happens everynight. (We changed her and she doesn't throw up anymore though). But this is why we are always tired. But I still love my Sunny. She is just REALLY annoying.

  6. I ave a little baby tabby cat of 3 mouth she is so cute! <3

  7. Can someone tell me if it is fine to breed a tabby cat with a British shorthair?

  8. 1:19 that is how my tabby looks

  9. I have a maincoon and hes fat and he looks to eat pineapple for some reason ??







  11. I was about to subscribe until I heard that self-promo

  12. My orange tabby is named Ginny.

  13. My tabby looks just like yours! His name is Miroku

  14. Great video! Just found this channel and I'm subscribed, good info and I love the way it's produced.

  15. I have a orange female cat

  16. I have a mackerel tabby cat. It’s a he and he has eye cancer

  17. Tabby (music artist/reactor) please see my comment

  18. They have an orange tabby called Rusty….


  19. We had a dark Grey tabby cat her name was Lulu and she had stripe pattern

  20. So what Is the difference between tabby and regular cat

  21. Dress a tabby cat like vegito in buu saga,and you got your sekf Majin Vegeta

  22. Thank you, for taking the time to give great info on Tabby cats. I'm new to the 'World of Tabby Cats'. I'm more of a ? lover, but at this time; due to space and to be fair to the dog, my family went with having a cat as a family pet. The wording and information in this video was clear and easy to understand. My favorite was your daughters sweet voice. She did a fantastic job. ?High 5?-CR

  23. I feel dumb just learning this and actually remembering it.

  24. Just adopted an orange tabby cat

  25. My name is Tabby ?

  26. I have a tabby kitten just learned what kind ,he is the grey one with dark strips

  27. As far as I know 9/10 an orange tabby cat love rolling around outside in anything but mud lol

  28. Our tabby is WILD and BEAUTIFUL!
    We rescued her in a village in India (was said her mother was killed and her siblings scattered) Later we were informed her siblings did not survive. We named her Poppy. A month later we realized Poppy was not a her, but a HIM – we still call him Poppy ??

  29. I have a grey tabby with spots too. He is beautiful! His name is Max

  30. It won’t let me like you.

  31. My fave cats tabby and all black cats 🙂

  32. I have a tabby cat named ruby after the show max and ruby then we got a grey kitten and named it maxine becuase it was a girl like ruby they are both named after the max and ruby show we had to get rid of maxine becuase she was trouble she peed EVERYWHERE and she peed on my first ever toy as a child and we had to get rid of that toy but now we live somewhere else with a new cat called jo jo she is a Siamese cat and currently ruby and jo jo are trying to get along.

  33. My tabby was born in 2003 and she's still going strong .. she's my baby and very sweet ?

  34. My tabby’s grey with light grey stripes almost white. And she has four kittens, one passed and three left buttt two of them are the same colour as her but ones dark and others light and the third is like orange grey and white like wth WE NEVER HAD AN ORANGE CAT AROUND!!!

  35. I have an orange tabby named Cersei and her 3 orange kittens named, Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen.

  36. I have a 9 month old tabby! She's small for her age, though very healthy. Her name is Fergie and she is my baby girl and I absolutely love her! She's so spunky and has a lot of attitude! I just love her!

  37. Orange tabby cat with a blue color and is named Rusty
    So this is where they got the name of this cat.. Unless……… *Illuminati music*

  38. I have a brown/black tabby named Spotty, he has white toes on 3 paws and also a white neck. He’s the best!

  39. He killed a snek that snekked up his sleeve

  40. Loving this channel Bravo ????

  41. Two tabbys in my house one named brawler which is mine. the other chaos belonging to my brother. Both names fitting cause we all know M stands for MONSTER

  42. Our tabby cat lost this day I hope he is okey I'm so worried

  43. I have a beautiful grey tabby cat with blue eyes

  44. I have a grey tabby she’s adorable her name is Rosie :3

  45. You looklike a come dian, i dont remember who

  46. Tabby cats are descendants of desert cats. They require less water than most cats unless fed dry food. Here is my tabby, Spud:

  47. That first cat looks exactly like my Spud. Anyone's cat have any unique characteristics? My Spud will wake me every morning by licking and pawing at my nose. If I don't get up, he will try and bite my nose (really hurts!). If I still don't get up, he will find any exposed skin he can and bite. Lol! Hurts!

  48. We have an orange tabby cat named Ginger❤️

  49. We just got a tabby kitty ? she’s grayish brown ,:/. Her ig is inuthekitty

  50. Hey i subscribed!!!!! ?

  51. I have a grey tabby cat named pizza.He sleeps a lot

  52. I have a new mackerel tabby! So cute

  53. The tabby cat isn't a particular breed? Go ahead then. Just say they're the mutts of cat breeds. Tabbies are the most loveable, affectionate, & healthiest of all types of cats.

  54. I have a brown grey and white tabby

  55. How do you find a tabby cats?

  56. I found 2 tabby cats in the back area where my mom works

  57. I’m getting a grey kitten tabby cat! ❤️

  58. Grey white silver smoke. No black…. ?

  59. Is there a certain amount of food you suppose to feed your tabby daily.? Mines is 13 years old but seems to have a crazy appetite. Like he’s never satisfied with the amount of food he eats. Plus has a plastic fetish. Seems like he has stomach problems?. Any suggestions may help. Thanks much

  60. There is no Islamic tradition behind the letter "M" on the tabby cats forehead. In fact the arabic letter for "M" knowns as "meem" looks more like an english letter p. Yet many people repeat this myth.

  61. #1 Orange Tabbies and obesity . . .

    Well you say orange tabbies, 8 out of 10 of them are males.

    A lot (not saying all) of male cats after being neutered become extremely lazy and tend to put on the pounds if you free feed them. Being an indoor only cat can compound this problem of obesity.

    Now I'm not saying neutering your male cat makes him lazy, because as a kid I had a neutered male "indoor/outdoor" cat. That old SOB would about twice a month wander around outside to where you wouldn't see him for 2-3 days. Then all the sudden he'd appear at the back door like nothing happened. Also he'd kill everything in the yard, birds, skinks, moles, voles, mice, rabbits and baby rabbits were his favorite, he'd leave their headless corpses on our back patio step. Stripes loved those bunny brains.

  62. A lot of videos I does see cats that have colour like my one

  63. my tabby cat named mascot

  64. My tabby cat is name Stanley named after the Stanley cup hes sweet but can be an asshole lol and I have a long hair tabby name Georgie he is the most sweetest cat he loves to cuddle and love to follow me around lastly I have another tabby name buddy he's a lazy fat cat that sleeps all day he's the most spoiled out off all 3

  65. My tabby cat is name Stanley named after the Stanley cup hes sweet but can be an asshole lol and I have a long hair tabby name Georgie he is the most sweetest cat he loves to cuddle and love to follow me around lastly I have another tabby name buddy he's a lazy fat cat that sleeps all day he's the most spoiled out of all 3

  66. I have a tabby cat named Ozzie he’s my best bud he’s almost 7

  67. My cat is a little darker. She is the cutest, sleekest kitty ever. She loves when you pet her in the head-top body area. She only lets you groom one part of her body and she is energinic as freak. She is silky soft and after so many years she sow no signs of aging. Yep. She had gotten gray furs when my dog had to get put down in August 2017. I cried for weeks and my cat mourned by the white and gray furs.

  68. my tabby cat is fat and lazy and hates me oh and he is gay

  69. He saved my prophet…..

  70. People call my bengal a tabby until they touch her hahaha

  71. There's a stray tabby that showed up at my house and is driving me nuts. It's the most persistent little bugger I've ever seen. I don't feed it because I don't want others coming around, especially since I live in a trailer park.

  72. Am i wrong to name my grey tabby cat M'baku?


  74. My pet cat has two colors of tabby colors even her stripes are different color

  75. Can anyone please let me know the name of the breed of big sized tabby cats weighing 18 to 19 lb

  76. I love any type of cat but I do have a soft spot for a tabby. I,ve had the pleasure of owning a few tabbies in my lifetime

  77. I have 2 tabby cats

  78. I have a tabby with an all white undercoat. I wonder if that is common ?

  79. Mine is weird its just orange with a white bottem

  80. Did you say teddy patterns or number 7 I have that type and my name is the same ?

  81. The christianity part isnt true at all

  82. My tabby cat is called tabby

  83. I have a female orange tabby cat

  84. Am I the only one that thinks tabby’s look like a bobcat?

  85. 5:38 ZE BEIBY CAT

  86. My tabby is the friendliest cat on earth. We have had him for 2 nearly 3 years, and he has never drawn blood (unless accidentally) and he always comes to us for attention, and rubs against our heads. He licks us, so we lick him 🙂

  87. Wait your name is Leroy? Like Leroy and Stitch

  88. Also all tabby cats are Mario

  89. My cat just turned 24 weeks old she is still a kitten

  90. My cat is apparently a 1-3000 cat ? ? ?

  91. My tabbi cat is a gray one and girl

  92. My tabby cat got hit by a car in May this year,R.I.P little friend you were great and loyal friend for 3 years

  93. I have a gray tabby cat idk if its a tabby cat

  94. my tabby cat is really fluffy

  95. I have a black tabby I cant find anything on him

  96. You still hearting comments? My tabby is I think a mackerel one… though she does look like an egyptian mau to me. She's a very cute cat and… kind of knows how to talk? 1:17 is literally my cat..

  97. Aww 2 more days and we are adopting twin tabby girls

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