Everyone has heard the word “tabby.” Tabby is a pattern, not a color, and not a breed. All tabby cats will have necklaces on their necks, bars on their legs, rings on their tail, plus usually have spots on their tummies, too. But the “tabby” pattern on the body itself can be one of four different patterns. Sometimes, the tabby pattern is combined with white to make a very striking color effect.
What makes the pattern on the cat a tabby pattern? If you look closely at the fur on a cat with a tabby pattern, you’ll see that there are bands of color on each individual hair. These bands of color, called “agouti”, alternate bands of a light color and a dark color.
Let’s take a look at the four different tabby patterns: