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I think there’s also two tiger-striped cats, and I think that whether you think Spike lived or died is dependent on which cat you believe in more. Spike sees the past in one eye and the present in the other, so technically there are two Spikes: Past Spike and Present Spike. Past Spike’s white cat is Julia, while Present Spike’s white cat is the Bebop.
But all in all, if he died it was because he loved Julia and he got to be with her, if he survived it was because he loved the Bebop and he got to go home. Either way the tiger-striped cat story fits: both Julia and the Bebop were white cats, and the physical inability to survive has nothing to do with it. IMO, what was the end of BoFA FOR if not to throw even more Ambiguity Fuel on the wonderfully long-burning Ambiguity Bonfire that is Cowboy Bebop?
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.If you spot an orange tabby that looks a lot like a tiger, it’s because you are looking at a mackerel tabby. This one has stripes that make it appear to look like a tiger. And given their orange color, the resemblance is sometimes striking. However, they have absolutely no relation to the tiger, which is an interesting concept considering the fact that they are actually cats that look so much like them. It’s just a trick of the eye and a question of markings rather than familial.The ticked and mackerel tabby patterns (and the spotted pattern as this is a form of mackerel tabby) are seen in depictions of ancient cats. Just like the tiger's stripes, the mackerel tabby pattern provides camouflage in woodland and grasses at dusk and dawn. Other colours would stick out like the proverbial sore thumb and the cat would be a less successful hunter or would be easy prey for something else. The blotched tabby mutation is believed to have occurred in Britain and spread with throughout the former British Empire with human colonists. Blotched tabby is found in the former British colonies, but is less common elsewhere and unknown in some parts. When learning about cat genetics it's probably a wise idea to start where the domestic cat started, with the tabby gene. The tabby gene is an amazingly diverse gene that can cause a variety of coat patterns, the most familiar of which is the striped tiger pattern we can see on many domestic cats, both pure-bred and not.