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tabby cat

 tabby cat

 tabby cat
 tabby cat

We have all heard the term "tabby cat", but how many of us know exactly what it means ?

In common use, the "tabby" descriptor is a kind of general term for cats with a variety of striped marks on their coat, which is mostly accurate, but there is a little more than that.

The term "tabby" describes the marks of a domestic cat (hawksbill or calico, for example), not his breed. This means that although a tabby cat is not a specific breed, a cat of a specific breed, such as a Maine Coon, can be described as a tabby cat.

Let's start our exploration of tabby cats with a scientific overview of how tabby patterns occur.

a pattern of brindle occurs when the pigment in the hair stems is alternating bands of light and dark. "If the hair is full of solid pigment, the cat will not be brindle."

Tabby fur can appear in all breeds and three genes are responsible for tabby marks. These are: Agouti signaling protein (ASIP), Mc1R and Taqpep.

The ASIP gene determines whether a cat's coat is solid or with bands, while the Mc1R gene controls the color of its coat. the pigment will be in bands on the hair stems and the tabby pattern will indicate ... If a cat has two non-ASIP recessive genes, the hair stems will be strong. and the tabby pattern will not be displayed. "

A kitten is born with the fur pattern he will own for the rest of his life, says Dr. Robert Grahn, a forensic analyst at UC Davis' veterinary genetics laboratory.

There are four varieties of brindle: mackerel, classic, marked and spotted. Of the four species, mackerel is the most common variety. You know this model well. It's the one that looks more like tiger stripes in a tabby cat with ginger or orange along the back and around the legs and tail, and unlike the cat type, Characteristic, dotted stripes of lines, bands, swirls or swirls in the body: neck, shoulders, sides, flanks, chest and belly. The tabby is not a breed of cat, but a type of fur that is found in almost all genetic lines of domestic cats, regardless of their status. The brindle pattern is found in many official cat breeds and is a feature of the local breed extremely common among the general cat population worldwide. The striped pattern is natural and is related to the fur of the direct ancestor of the domestic cat and its close relatives, the African wildcat (Felis lybica lybica), the European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) and the Asian wildcat ( Felis lybica ornata), all of whom have similar coats, both by pattern and color. A genetic study of tabbies revealed that five genetic groups were ancestral for cats from various parts of the world .

The classic tabbies have wide swiveling stripes, a porthole shape on either side of the body and a butterfly shape on the shoulders. The classic tabby have striped legs and tails, an M on the forehead and a dark line that runs along the spine.

These Abyssinian cats are considered marked tabbies. Marked tabbies lack pattern in the body, but may have scratches on the head and limbs, says Grahn. Abyssinian cats (sometimes called "agouti" hairs) and Singapura are examples of tabby.

Finally, colorful tabbies are exactly as described: colorful. They have random dots on the back and sides. Barbee quotes Bengal, Egyptian Mau, Ocicat and Pixiebob as examples of spotted or spotted tabbies.

The four varieties of tabby are presented in different cat color patterns, which include, among others, brown, blue, red, white or cream and chocolate, says Barbee There is no relation between cat marks and other physical characteristics such as fur length and body size .