Cats are those pets that have been living side by side for centuries. Today, there are a huge number of different breeds and colors, among which the most common is a tabby cat.
Not everyone knows that a tabby cat is not a particular breed. This coat color is called a tabby and is characteristic of very many representatives of the cat family. This drawing contains some obligatory elements that are available in all striped cats, but there are no two very similar combinations of these intricate strips, spots and lines in nature.One of the mandatory differences between these cats is the mark on the forehead, similar to the letter M. The tabby cat is found among many feline breeds. The color of tabby went to modern cats from their wild ancestors, for which it served as a disguise, making the predator invisible in the grass and among the foliage in the process of hunting.
Varieties of striped cats
There are only 4 types of such cats that have slight genetic differences.
- The most common -mackerel cat. Narrow strips on his back gently bend and almost continuous. On the paws and the tail there are dark bars, and through the cheeks to the corners of the eyes there are dark lines.
- Spotted Tabby Cat. In contrast to mackerel, this type of cats strips are broken and more like spots. Such a pattern is typical for Maine Coon, Ocicat, Egyptian Mau.
- Starred sample - cats that have wool with distinctive color groups ("salt and pepper").
- Classic view - tabby cat, whose breed can be any, but the marking of the body has a circulating pattern on the sides of the animal from dark brown, black, and sometimes gray spots. On the spine stretch 3 thin strips, the central one of which has the darkest color.
Features of striped cats
It is believed that animals with tabby color have a higher resistance to disease and excellent health. This is their huge advantage over selected brethren. Studies have shown that the gene responsible for striped staining is directly related to immunity. It is not accidental that among the cats the majority of representatives of striped breeds.
The nature of such cats also has its own characteristics. The main feature of these cats is balance, lack of whims. They are very free to navigate in unfamiliar terrain. By nature, the tabby cat is a born hunter. Therefore, in dexterity, strength and activity with it is difficult to compete with other types of cats. These animals are usually very independent and independent. They are inquisitive, love to rule and are able to defend their own opinion.
At the same time, tabby cats are affectionate to the house and the owner. They are happy to sit on their hands, affectionate and calm, do not expend their energy unnecessarily.
Features of red color
Red tabby has long been endowed with special properties. It is believed that this is a real protector against ills and diseases. There was a belief that if such a cat were to be near the patient, he would soon be on the mend. Many believe that the red color symbolizes joy, fun and even wealth.
Red cats are more bold and cunning, often attract attention. Such pets, who have a mischievous and playful character, are never bored and will be able to dispel even the worst mood.
In many literary works, folk tales, a cat is a frequent character. And almost always - tabby. The gray tabby cat is the hero of a lullaby song, fairy tales "Silver hoof", "Cat in boots", "Fairy tales of cat Murliki".
There is a legend about the origin of the letter M, located on the forehead of striped cats. When Jesus was born, a striped cat lay warm by his warmth. Her gratefully stroked the head of Our Lady of Mary, which is why the first letter of her name appeared on this place.
Today, they very much like cats of brindle color to use advertisers in their work, creating an image of a healthy cheerful animal.
It is interesting that the striped color is only in representatives of the cat family. In other animals, it does not occur anywhere in the world. Striped cats, according to popular beliefs, are able to charge with energy, bring good luck and are considered a symbol of the home.