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From Calico to Tabby, Tuxedo, to Tabby Tuxedo Cat and More

From Calico to Tabby, Tuxedo, to Tabby Tuxedo Cat and More


This post was updated on April 2nd, 2024 by Lisa

When it comes to our feline friends, there’s a whole palette of colors and patterns to explore! From calico tabby cats to black and white tuxedos, this guide will be helpful in identifying your feline! 😻 From vibrant patches of orange, black, and white to those striking tabby stripes, these kitties are a true work of art! I am going to have fun unpacking this article for you! This post is all about the tabby tuxedo cat, the calico tabby cat and everything in between!

Now, I know we often think of the classic gray, black, and white kitties, but let’s not forget about the stunning calico tabbies that bring a burst of color into our lives! 🎨 Whether they’re lounging in the sun or playfully chasing after toys, these kitties never fail to captivate us with their unique markings and personalities.

Speaking of which, let’s take a moment to remember my beloved Madison, who may have passed over the rainbow bridge but will forever hold a special place in my heart. 🌈🐾

Madison was a dapper tuxedo cat with his own set of distinctive markings, much like Finnegan, but not identical at all.

And let’s not forget about my gorgeous lioness-looking tabby cat, Abigail, with her majestic mane and playful spirit. πŸ¦πŸ’• She was the queen of the household and never failed to keep everyone entertained with her lovable charm.

So, whether you’re smitten with calico tabbies, tuxedo cats, or any other feline friend, let’s celebrate the beauty and diversity of our beloved kitties! πŸŽ‰πŸΎ After all, life is just better with a cat by your side!

What is a Tabby Tuxedo Cat?


A Tabby Tuxedo Cat is a delightful combination of two distinct coat patterns: the tabby pattern and the tuxedo pattern.

Tabby cats are known for their characteristic striped or swirled patterns on their fur, often resembling the letter “M” on their forehead.

These patterns can come in various colors, including brown, gray, orange, and black.

On the other hand, tuxedo cats are named for their striking resemblance to a formal tuxedo attire, with predominantly black fur on their bodies and white fur on their chests, bellies, paws, and sometimes their chin, giving the appearance of wearing a tuxedo.

When you combine these two patterns, you get a Tabby Tuxedo Catβ€”a charming kitty with the classic tabby stripes or swirls overlaying the distinguished tuxedo markings. It’s like having a feline fashionista who’s always dressed to impress! 🎩🐱

The Myth of the Tabby Tuxedo Cat: Separating Fact from Fiction

Cats come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but one feline has sparked confusion among cat lovers – the tuxedo tabby cat. However, the truth is that there is no such breed as the tuxedo tabby cat, or any type of feline that is both tuxedo and tabby.

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Tabby Pattern

First, let’s define what a tabby pattern is. Tabby is a coat pattern that can appear in cats of any breed. The design is characterized by a swirl or “bullseye” on the cat’s forehead, vertical stripes on the body, and circular markings on the sides. The coat can come in shades of gray, brown, orange, and white.

Tuxedo Coat

Now, let’s talk about the tuxedo coat.

A tuxedo is not a cat breed.

A black cat with a white underbelly is a term used to describe a cat’s black and white fur, resembling a tuxedo that a man might wear. A tuxedo cat can come in different patterns, including solid black with white paws and chest or black with white markings on the face and body.

There is no tabby tuxedo cat.

The Myth of the Tuxedo Tabby CatΒ (Technically Speaking)

With the definitions of tabby and tuxedo in mind, we can now debunk the myth of the tuxedo tabby cat. While a cat can have a tabby pattern and a tuxedo coat, the two do not coexist. They are two totally different names that describe totally different markings.

The tuxedo tabby cat is a myth. While it’s easy to get caught up in the cute and clever names given to cats, it’s important to remember that each feline is unique and should be celebrated for its individual characteristics.

So, the next time you hear someone mention the tuxedo tabby cat, you can confidently correct them and share the truth about these beautiful creatures.

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What are the Most Common Cat Colors?

The most common colors of cats are black, white, gray, and tabby.

Although tabby is a striped pattern, it is common!

πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ–€ Black cats are mostly solid black and can have some white on their paws, chest, or face. White cats can be solid white or have some patches of gray or black.

Gray cats can range from a light gray to a dark charcoal gray and can have some tabby stripes. Tabby cats are a grayish-brown color and have distinct stripes, swirls, and spots on their fur.

Event though the most common cat colours are black, white and gray; orange (ginger) kitty cats are not uncommon. They are super sweet kitty cats and often referred to as Garfield cats.


What are Rare Colors of Cats?

Rare colors of cats include chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, and blue.

Chocolate cats are a rich brown color and can also have some white patches.

Lilac cats are a silvery-gray color and can have some darker points on their nose, ears, and tail.

Cinnamon cats are a warm reddish-brown color and can also have some white patches.

Fawn cats are a light brown color and can also have some white patches.

Blue cats are a cool silver-gray color and can have some white patches.

Cat Patterns

In addition to the colors of cats, there are also patterns that cats can have.

Calico cats are usually white with patches of black and orange, and tuxedo cats are usually white with patches of black. Both of these are striking patterns, and can be both common and rare depending on the breed of the cat.

No matter what color or pattern your cat is, they can be beautiful and unique in their own way. Each color and pattern is special in its own way and can make a pet cat even more lovable.

Cats come in many different colors, each with its own unique pattern and shade. But why is that? What makes a cat a certain color? 

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The answer lies in their genetic makeup. A cat’s fur color is determined by combining two pigments: eumelanin (black) and phaeomelanin (red). These pigments are determined by several genes and the alleles (alternative forms) those genes carry.

When the alleles are combined, they can produce a range of colors and patterns.

From solid black to spotted tabbies.

A cat’s fur can also be two or more different colors thanks to the agouti gene. This gene affects how the two pigments are distributed throughout the cat’s fur.

If the gene is dominant, it can produce a striped or tabby pattern. If it is recessive, it can cause color to be restricted to the cat’s face, legs, or tail. 

Understanding the science behind a cat’s fur color can help to explain why some cats have unique patterns and shades. But whatever the color and pattern, cats are undeniably adorable! 

What are the Different Patterns of Cats?

Cats come in a variety of beautiful patterns, each with its own unique charm. The four most popular patterns are tortoiseshell, calico, tuxedo, and tabby.

What is Special About a Tortie?

Tortoiseshell cats, also known as Torite 🐱, usually sport a mix of black and orange fur, sometimes with a splash of white! πŸ–€πŸ§‘ This unique pattern is thanks to a special gene that creates these beautiful patches of color. 🌈

What do Calico Cat Patterns Look Like?

Calico cats are a combination of black, white, and orange. The pattern is created by a gene that is responsible for producing patches of white and orange fur.


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What are Tuxedo Cats?

Tuxedo cats are black and white cats, with white on their chest, belly, paws, and face. This pattern is created by a gene that is responsible for producing patches of black and white fur.

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Tabby Cats

Tabby cats are a combination of brown and tan stripes, with a lighter-colored face, belly and paws. This pattern is created by a gene that is responsible for producing patches of brown and tan fur.

No matter the pattern, cats are sure to bring joy and companionship to their owners. Whether you prefer tortoiseshell, calico, tuxedo or tabby, cats make great pets!

What is a Tabby Tuxedo Cat?

If there were a tabby tuxedo, it would be a delightful mix of two popular feline patterns: tabby and tuxedo! 🐱🎩

A charming kitty with the classic tabby stripes or swirls on a sleek black coat, paired with those signature white patches resembling a dapper tuxedo. It’s like having the best of both worlds – the playful, distinctive tabby markings combined with the elegant, formal look of a tuxedo. These cats are not only stylish but also full of personality, making them the ultimate companions for cat lovers who appreciate a touch of flair! πŸΎπŸ’«

Here is a purrfect example! πŸˆπŸˆβ€β¬› And as far as we are concerned, that is a tabby tuxedo! 😜



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    🐾 Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC! 🏑 She’s got a dapper tuxedo cat who’s been her sidekick since he was a tiny furball. 🐱 Before Finnegan came along, Lisa cared for two FIV-positive cats for over ten years! 🌟 Their love inspired her to create a cat enclosure and a portable catio, giving kitties the purrfect spot to bask in the sun and feel the breeze. β˜€οΈπŸŒΏ

    As a kid, Lisa shared her home with a Poodle and a chirpy parakeet! 🐩🐦

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