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.
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
• Long-haired Siamese
• American Longhair
• Norwegian Forest Cat
• Scottish Fold (longhair version = the Highland Fold)
• Siberian Cats
• Turkish Angora
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