Hey everybuddy! I know we don’t normally post on Saturdays but this Saturday is a day I could not let pass by without acknowledging it. It’s a day just for me and my fellow tabby cats…National Tabby Cat Day! Us tabby cats have been waiting FOREVER for a day to celebrate us! I mean, there’re lots of days that celebrate all cats…and black cats already have several days designated just for them. I say it’s about time there’s a day for the most handsome and beautiful cats in the whole world…tabby cats! And if you ask me, the best looking tabby cats are us orange ones!
In honor of National Tabby Cat Day, I wanna share some fun facts about tabby cats…and us orange ones in particular.
Fun Facts About Tabby Cats
- Tabby is not a breed…but describes our appearance.
- There are typically four patterns of tabbies:
Mackerals have thin, vertical stripes, and rings around the tail. I’m a mackeral tabby.
Classics have broad bands, swirls and spirals.
Ticked have alternating light and dark furs.
Spotted have bands of spots rather than stripes.
- If you notice, us tabbies have an M on our foreheads. There’s an old tale about how tabby cats got that M. The story goes that after baby Jesus was born, he was was crying very loud in the manger. A small cat cuddled up next to him and began to purr. Baby Jesus instantly stopped crying and fell asleep. Mary was so grateful to the cat and kissed him on the forehead which branded the cat with an M for her name. I dunno if this story is true or not, but it’s pretty cool, don’tcha think?
- Orange tabby cats can have orange, red or yellow furs…and are sometimes referred to as marmalade or ginger cats.
- Orange tabbies often have freckles. I know I do. Just look at my nose! I also have freckles in my mouth on my gums, too.
- There are more male orange tabbies than females.
- Probably the most famous orange tabby…next to me of course…is Garfield the Cat.
You may think there’re a lot of tabby cats in the world…and you’d be right…but every one of us is special. Happy National Tabby Cat Day!