Male Mackerel Tabby Cat by CalistaZ
Mackerel was a Maine Coon cat Liz and David Cowie adopted from the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society in Salisbury in 2008 when he was a kitten. He grew into a big, furry cat – 23 pounds, with coloring called “red mackerel,” which gave him his name.
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The cat fancy recognises four basic types of tabby (ticked, mackerel, classic, spotted) with breed-specific variations on each of these types. For example the "marbled tabby" seen in Bengals is a variation on the "classic tabby". Nature isn't so restricted in its patterns and there are numerous variations found in random-bred cats and emerging breeds (particuarly those with hybrid ancestry) that aren't recognised by the cat fancy. So as well as the cat fancy definitions, I've covered as many variations as I can and there are no doubt many more out there! Both the mackerel tabby and the classic tabby have stripes and bars on the legs and tail and the classic "M" (or fleur-de-lys) marking on the forehead and the belly is usually spotted. The background colour is an agouti pattern, meaning that each individual hair has several bands of colour along its length. The foreground colour is the solid colour (non-agouti) of the markings. The tabby pattern occurs in various colours where the markings are a darker version of the background colour. There are also versions where the markings occur on a silvery (grey) background colour. It can also be mixed with the tortoiseshell pattern to produced torbies or patched tabbies. In Britain, the classic brown/black tabby is most common especially in towns, to the point of being considered the quintessential "British Cat". Because the classic pattern is recessive to mackerel tabby, classic tabbies breed true for that pattern. Their bold blotched markings are considered to be more attractive or desirable than the mackerel tabby. Meanwhile, the typical Australian domestic pattern is described as neither truly spotted nor striped, but having a pattern broken into bars. This can be seen in feral cats which have reverted to a wilder-looking mackerel tabby pattern that may offer them better camouflage. Meanwhile, in the California Toyger breed, the mackerel tabby pattern has been selectively refined into a more tiger-like pattern of thin but solid stripes (sometimes called candle-flames) which do not break up, while in red self Persians, the classic tabby pattern has been refined to coalesce and to mask the background colour as far as possible in order to create the illusion of a "solid red" cat.The two most common tabby patterns are "mackerel tabby" and "classic tabby" (blotched tabby, oyster tabby). These two patterns are common in random-breeding pet and feral populations. In the mackerel tabby, the vertical stripes are thin like fishbones and may break up into bars or vertically aligned spots. In the "classic tabby" (blotched tabby) there are broad bands, whorls and spirals of dark colour on a paler background usually with a "bulls eye" (or "oyster") pattern on the flank. Sometimes the markings are extremely broad and fuse together, especially on the back and flanks. Viewed from above, the classic tabby pattern resembles butterfly wings, giving it the nickname "Butterfly Tabby" - a term better known in grandmother's day than in the modern day. The mackerel pattern is dominant to the classic pattern, but it's the classic pattern that became established early on at cat shows because the bolder, thicker markings were more eye-catching, especially on a silver background.Tabby Cat Personality and Behavior (Tilly is a Mackerel tabby) This describes Odin! He is a perfect grey tabby. He is a people cat and loves to talk. He reminds me very much of the tabby in James Harriots children's book, "Oscar Cat About Town"