Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 6, 2023 by Crystal Uys


Tabby cats with their pattern of distinctive stripes, lines, dots or swirling patterns and pencil like lines on their faces are not a breed. Almost all tabbies have markings shaped like the letter “M” on their foreheads. The tabby pattern is found in domestic cats as well as many purebred cats. A fascinating new study has identified the gene that plays a key role in creating the tabby stripe pattern. Visit the New York Times for an in depth look at the study.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we talked about the gift and the challenges of empathy, on Monday, we celebrated Labor Day, on Tuesday, we remembered Ruby on what would have been her 11th birthday, on Wednesday, I announced that our 2022 wall calendar is now available for ordering, on Thursday, we featured adorable crochet cats, and on Friday, we reviewed Zen and the Art of Pet Care.

Today’s video shows that big cats love boxes, too – lots of boxes!

Have a great weekend!

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3 Comments on Mews and Nips: How Tabbies Get Their Stripes

  1. I love all cats, but we have gorgeous tabbies, and our tortie is actually a tortie tabby, she is amazing.

    All cats are amazing!!!

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