What Is A Tuxedo Cat?
Tuxedo cats, affectionately known as “tuxies,” are named after their dapper appearance. Tuxedo cats have a black and white coat that looks like the cat is wearing, as the name suggests, a tuxedo. Most of a tuxie’s coat is black with a “bib” of white on his chest. Sometimes there can be white on a tuxedo cat’s paws, or there can be a black spot on the “bib” of the chest, making it look like a little bow-tie on a tuxedo. Aside from always being ready for the Met Gala, tuxedo cats have a lot of interesting qualities about them.
Tuxedo Cats Are Not A Breed
Much like calicos and tortoiseshell cats, a tuxedo cat is not a breed of cat, but rather a genetic fur pattern that can occur in many types of cats. No pedigree breeds specifically aim to produce kittens with a tuxedo coat patterns. This doesn’t mean, however, that tuxedo cats are rare. Tuxie kitties appear in tons of breeds, such as the Cornish Rex, Maine Coons, and Norwegian Forest Cats, to name a few.
The reason why so many types of breeds can be a tuxedo cat? Scientists believe that piebald cats, or two-colored cats, form their coloring through a process before birth that is completely randomized. This means that nearly any cat has the chance to be a tuxedo cat, or any two-toned cat for that matter.
Tuxedo Cats And “Tuxitude”
Tuxedo cat owners often claim that their tuxie has a unique personality, much like tortoiseshell cat lovers talk about “tortitude.” While torties are notoriously finicky and sassy, tuxedo cats have a different type of attitude, or a “tuxitude.” Tuxedos are anecdotally affectionate and playful. Some tuxedo lovers even go as far as to say their tuxedo cat is more intelligent than your average cat. Tuxedo cat lovers have been quoted as saying their cats are actually 200% MORE intelligent than your average kitty.
There Are Lots Of Famous Tuxedo Cats
You may not even realize it, but a lot of kitties in pop culture are actually tuxedo cats. Looney Tune’s own Sylvester is a tuxedo cat. President Clinton had a tuxedo cat in the White House named Socks. Socks is so famous that he inspired children’s books, made guest appearances in comic strips, and was even featured on a special stamp series in the Central African Republic!
Not only are there famous tuxedo cats, but it seems like famous humans liked to keep them. Sir Isaac Newton, Beethoven, and Shakespeare allegedly all had tuxedo cats. Maybe this is why tuxedo cats get such a reputation for being so darn smart.
Do you have a tuxedo cat? Does your tuxie have the “tuxitude”? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to share a picture of your dapper tuxie, too!