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Tuxedo Cats-All About Black and White Cats

What are tuxedo cats?

Tuxedo catYou may have heard people refer to their cat as a tuxedo cat. The word tuxedo is actually used to refer to the colour/pattern of the coat and not the breed.

Tuxedo is a form of bicolour (a cat with two colours), in the case of tuxedo, he is predominately black with white patches. Bi-colour can come in other colours such as blue and white, brown and white, tabby and white. The name "tuxedo" comes from the fact that the cat appears to be wearing a tuxedo.

The official CFA definition of a tuxedo cat is one who has white on the paws, belly, chest, throat and sometimes face. The white colour is a result of the white spotting gene (S) causing patches on the black background. The tuxedo pattern can be found in both longhaired and shorthaired cats. If you have a tuxedo cat, the chances are it is a "domestic or mixed breed" cat, however, there are some breeds of cat who come in tuxedo (see below).

Tuxedo cats are sometimes known as "jellicle or billicart cats". The name jellicle comes from T S Eliot's book "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats".

What breeds of cat who come in tuxedo?

Also see:

Black cats   White cats   Tabby cats

 

 

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