Tuxedo cats are those bi-colour cats that have a black coat with white patches.
Read on to know more about them.
What is a Tuxedo Cat?
The term refers to those cats with a specific colour pattern on their coat, which appears like a tuxedo. In order to be considered a tuxedo cat, the feline must have a solid black coat with white patches on the paws, belly, chest, throat and chin. The white patches must be limited to those regions.
These cats can be easily identified with their special coat pattern and the white-collared ‘V’ on their chest. Tuxedo cats are also known as black mask cats, as they have black coloration around their eyes that looks like a mask. In some regions, these cats are known as ‘Jellicle’ cats or ‘Billicat’.
Many cat breeds have tuxedos, which are commonly seen in both domestic short hair and long hair varieties. Some of those cat breeds which have tuxedos are American Short hair, British Short hair, Manx, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Scottish Fold, Persian and Bombay. You can find tuxedo cats in mixed breeds too.
It is a common belief that tuxedo cats are more friendly, smart, affectionate, vocal and intelligent. They are very popular and can be seen in movies, as cartoon characters and even in literature.
Some interesting facts:
- ‘Sylvester’, the cartoon cat character in Looney Tunes, is depicted as a tuxedo.
- The popularity of these cats can be traced back to the time of ancient Egyptians, as they are depicted on the royal tombs of Egypt.
- It is said that famous personalities like William Shakespeare, Beethoven and Sir Isaac Newton owned tuxedo cats.
- It was a tuxedo cat (named Sparky), that inherited over 6.3 million dollars in 1998. This was the largest inheritance ever left for a cat.
- The only cat that climbed Mt. Everest was a tuxedo named Roderick.