Happy National Tabby Day!

Every kitty that has ever been part of my family has been a tabby. Obi-Wan was a mainly white kitty with patchy orange tabby markings. Cinco was a mackerel tabby – grey with black stripes. Manna is and adorable classic tabby – tan with dark brown swirls and stripes. Before I had my own cat, my sister’s cat, Cuddles, was a tabby too! Perhaps stripes are a part of a family tradition here.

There is a bit of confusion out there about what the term “tabby” means. I’ve often heard it used to mean that the cat is a mixed-breed cat or a stray/feral cat. This is simply not the case and tabby cats are not somehow less valuable cats. Actually, “tabby” refers to the pattern on the cat’s fur. There are plenty of purebred cats that are tabbies (Bengals, Ocicats, Egyptian Mau, etc).

Here are 3 things that you may not have known about tabby cats:

  • Tabby is not just one pattern. A tabby cat can have stripes, swirls, spots, or rosettas.  The pattern does not have to stretch all over the cat’s body, but can just be found in patches on the cat or on the cat’s face.
  • Both Christians and Muslims have legends that link tabby cats to their most sacred people. In Christianity, the M-shaped marking on a tabby’s forehead is said to have been placed there by Mary after the cat calmed baby Jesus’ crying. In Islam, the M-shaped marking is said to have been placed there by Mohomed after a cat saved his life.
  • There are tabby patterns found in almost every modern cat breed.

Want to Compete?

I got a score of 74 on this word search. Can you get a higher one?

Instructions for the Interactive Word Search

  • Words from the word list on the right are hidden within the puzzle. The words may be spelled forward, backward, or on a diagonal.
  • Click on the first letter of the word, drag the cursor across the word and click on the last letter of the word.
  • The puzzle is finished once you have found all of the words.

 Is your cat a tabby?