Think "tabby" cat and the quintessential tiger-striped cat comes to mind. But "tabby" is not a breed, or a color; it's a pattern -- one so common that the gene responsible for the markings is supposedly present in all domestic cats, even the ones that don't show their stripes. Although tabbies come in a wide range and combination of colors, most have a distinctive "M" on their foreheads. Their markings fall into four main categories:
Marble: Thick bands and swirls form a bulls-eye on the sides:
Ticked: Solid coat with markings only on the face:
Mackerel: Thin body stripes and rings around legs and tail:
Spotted: Large or small spots, much like those of a leopard:
Holy, Makerel, I'm a Makerel!!!! I was reely surprized that thare were so many diffrint tabbies cuz I am the only one I've ever seen! Sinse thare are so many kinds, I think probly tabbies are THE MOST POPULER KIND OF CAT IN THE WERLD!!!