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5 Cool Facts About Gray Tabby Cats

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Many tabby cat aficionados prefer the gray tabby cat, for a variety of reasons. Gray tabbies are a pattern, not a breed of their own. Breeds in which the gray tabby cat pattern can be found include the Scottish Fold and the Domestic Shorthair, among many others.

Like most tabbies, the foreheads of gray tabby cats feature the traditional “M” marking. Their bodies are tiger striped in a gray and black (sometimes white as well) pattern. One interesting fact that you might not be aware of is that a gray tabby cat is actually a black cat with different pigments found within its fur, making it appear to be gray. If your gray tabby sheds, you will notice that individual hairs of its coat have black roots.

Whether you prefer to call your tabby cat “gray” or “grey,” both words describe the same color. The spelling “gray” is most commonly used in the United States, while “grey” is used in the United Kingdom. Following are some facts you might not know about gray tabby cats.

What Patterns are Found Among Gray Tabby Cats?

Gray tabby cats can sport any of the five patterns of tabby cat coats. These include classic or blotched, mackerel, spotted, patched, and ticked. Variations in coat patterns make each gray tabby cat its own unique individual, and create beautiful markings.

What Are the Most Common Eye Colors in a Gray Tabby Cat?

Gray tabbies can have various eye colors, as fur color and eye color are not necessarily linked. The color of your gray tabby cat’s eyes is determined by genetics and the amount of melanin in its body.

What Color is a Gray Tabby Cat’s Paws and Nose?

Gray tabby cats usually have gray or red colored pads on the bottoms of their paws. Nose colors vary depending upon a cat’s genes.

Are Gray Tabby Cats Most Likely to be Male or Female?

The short answer to this question is, yes. In gray tabby cats, you will find that there are an equal number of males and females in existence. The gray tabby cat pattern is found in both males and females of a variety of cat breeds.

Who are the Gray Tabby Cat’s Ancestors?

Today’s domesticated gray tabby cats are descendants of wild cats who lived in the 17th century, such as the Lynx, African wild cat, Asiatic Wild cat, European wild cat, and Scottish wild cat. When Europeans left their country to settle in North America, many of them brought their gray tabbies with them, introducing them to this continent. The markings on a gray tabby cat are beneficial as they have allowed it, over the years, to blend into its environment and be camouflaged effectively.

Do Gray Tabby Cats Have Distinctive Personality Traits?

Because gray tabby cats are so common, they are one of the most prevalent types of tabby cat that are in the world today – found among both feral and domesticated kitties. Owners of gray tabby cats claim that they are more affectionate and friendly than other types of cats. They are known to be playful, loving and warm kitties that love to cuddle up to their owners.

Another unique trait that gray tabby cat owners claim their cats have is that they love to eat. (Don’t most cats love to eat?) They are said to not be finicky cats, eating mostly anything that is set in front of them. They also will keep eating until all food is gone. It is said that gray tabby cat owners need to keep an eye on their cat’s eating habits for this reason, so that they don’t become overweight and have resulting health problems. These include diabetes, worms, urinary problems and kidney failure.

Gray tabby cats are also said to be lazy. (Again, aren’t most cats lazy?) They are also nocturnal, like other domesticated kitties, and love to run around the house and play at night while their owners are asleep. They will spend much of their daytime hours sleeping, waking up to eat.

Like all cats, gray tabbies are different from each other, with no two having exactly the same traits. Gray tabby cat owners will say that their kitties are special, and they are, especially to their owners!

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