The Beautiful Coats of Long-Haired Tabby Cats

Posted by Crystal Long
Long Haired maine coon cat.

With all the cat coat patterns out there, the tabby coat pattern is perhaps the most popular one. Here's what you need to know about these long-haired cats!

Ok cat lovers, let's just clarify this real quick: the term "tabby cats" actually does not refer to a specific cat breed, but rather, a type of coat pattern on felines. This pattern can be found on a multitude of different cat breeds, which can either be purebred or mixed breeds.

In fact, the tabby pattern just refers to any cat with a unique "M" shaped marking on its forehead and a stripes pattern all over the domestic cat. And while when most people think of a tabby cat, a domestic shorthair cat comes to mind, these stripey cats can also be long-haired or short-haired cats.

The 411 on Long-Haired Tabby Cats

Known for their luxurious, thick plush coats, these long-haired cats have much to be loved -- the house cat has a long coat that can measure up to six inches long! This gorgeous and super fluffy coat, combined with the tabby coat pattern, makes the long-haired tabby cat a very popular cat, no matter the breed!

Just like it's short-haired counterparts, these tabby domestic longhair cats come in four distinct patterns, they are:

Mackerel: probably what most of us think of when we think of a tabby cat, a mackerel tabby has zebra-like stripes that run down vertically on the cat's body.

Spotted: a spotted tabby will sort of look like a tiny cheetah! These domestic long-haired felines have a mix of both stripes and spots, with some spots being bigger than others.

Ticked: tickled tabbies might be the hardest one to identity -- the almost non-existent pattern forms a salt-and-pepper appearance that gives it a sand-like look.

Blotched (a.k.a. Classic or Marbled): a blotched tabby is often referred to as a "classic" tabby. Classic tabbies, rather than having stripes or spots, just have a thick swirled pattern covering their body.

On top of these four coat patterns, long-haired tabby cats can also come in a combination with calico and tortoiseshell patterns -- resulting in the interesting-looking "caliby" and "torbie".

Grooming + Popular Long-Haired Cat Breeds

While most long-haired felines are healthy cats with minimal health issues, because of their long locks, grooming is a must for these longhair cats -- usually, they'll need multiple grooming seshes in a week, or hairballs and mats can easily form with the long hair of these cats.

Surprisingly, long-haired tabby cats tend to shed much less than their short-haired cousins.

Long-haired tabby cats can come in many breeds. Here are just some popular long-haired cat breeds in the United States:

Maine Coon
Persian
• Long-haired Siamese
• American Longhair
Ragdoll
• Norwegian Forest Cat
Birman
Scottish Fold (longhair version = the Highland Fold)
• Siberian Cats
• Somali
• Turkish Angora

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