cats are not
a breed but a color pattern that may occur
in almost any type of domestic cat.
A tuxedo cat is a cat with solid black color on the body and head with white feet, belly and chest.
effect is of a cat wearing formal attire and is really pretty cute.
Tuxedos can have white on
the face and the tip of the tail as well,
but the main requirement is black body, white chest and paws.
Occasionally a tuxedo cat
will have the ultimate accompaniment to their fancy attire in the form
type markings under the nose. That Clark Gable
look is very hard to resist.
The rarest of tuxedos
sport a black patch
on the white chest that resembles a bowtie. These cats are referred to
ties" and are considered to be lucky in bringing wealth to
Tuxedo cats are sometimes
referred to as
"Jellicle cats" from the T.S. Elliot poem "The Song of the
his unusual book "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats"
In the original
book written in 1930, T.S. Elliot describes Jellicle
Cats as black and white, but in the popular broadway
based on the book, the Jellicles come in an assortment of colors.
Yet, T.S. Elliot was probably right, formal attire seems so aprapos for a night at the theater...
|colors||black body with white paws, chest and belly, sometimes face|
any size manybreedssmart usually very talkative often very dog-likeany coat any sheddingspecial care may be required out-going
will tell you that cats with this color pattern tend to be relaxed,
happy, and dog-like in personality.
Their reputation suggests they
intelligence and an outgoing, often quite vocal
Sylvester the Cat? He was a tuxedo of course!
But remember, the Tuxedo Cat is not a breed.
The word "tuxedo" describes
pattern that may occur among any number of breeds of purebred cats, and
of course, among mixed breeds and un-registered house cats as well.
The tuxedo color does appear in some particular breeds quite often, though.
So, if you love the color pattern, and want to have some idea
likely size, temperament, and genetic tendencies your new kitten may
have, consider these:
Even exotic breeds like the LaPerm cat, the Munchkin cat, American curl, the Sphynx cat and the Devon rex and Cornish rex cats have tuxedo colored individuals on a regular basis, so with a little effort, you could find a cat that is not only a perfect fit for you, but also your favorite color!
Adorable in their fancy attire, tuxedo
kittens are born with their perfect markings in place.
adult tuxedos, these kittens tend to be friendly and out-going and may
wander less than other types of kittens, being somewhat
is always recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing
High furniture should be off limits, caution should be taken
when holding these wriggly little youngsters, particularly when
carrying them across hard wood or tile floors, and spaces under
counters and doors should be blocked off in case they have the
urge to explore.
Appearance, the Tuxedo kitten is basically a
miniature adult. They tend to grow at an average rate and
reach mature height at about 6 months, filling out and maturing to full
size and weight at about one year old.
Because they may be any of dozens of pure-bred cats, there are many to choose from, and tuxedo kittens are also regularly available for adoption at local shelters..
A Tuxedo cat is any domestic cat that has a solid black body with white paws, a white underbelly and a white chest, like this beautiful youngster...
Add a mustache and you have the ultimate Tuxedo cat, and, of course, when it comes to moustaches on cats you have the choice of
white face/black moustache....
or the even more dashing black face/white moustache affair...