Tabby Cat

A pet owner's guide to the tabby cat

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Strictly speaking, the tabby is not a unique breed. Rather, the word "tabby" is used to describe these cats' characteristic coat markings and patterns, which are typified by stripes and swirls. Typical variants include the orange tabby cat, silver tabby cat, brown tabby cat and gray tabby cat, with the color referring to the primary base hue of the animal's coat. Stripes and swirls are usually dark.


A long list of cat breeds show the tabby pattern, especially Maine coon and Abyssinian cats, and it's estimated that up to half of the domesticated cats in the world could be accurately described as tabby cats. Many tabby cat breeders think the distinctive pattern has been around as long as domesticated cats themselves – in other words, thousands of years.


Size: The size of a tabby cat will vary according to its breed. Regardless of the particular breed, an adult cat with a weight exceeding 18 pounds is unusual.

Coat: Dots, swirls or striped typify the coat of the tabby cat. It's also common for these cats to have a white bib, white underbelly and white "socks" on their legs, regardless of the base color of their fur.

Eyes & Ears: Eye shape and color varies according to breed, as does the size and form of the ear.

Tail: Most breeds have tapered tails lightly lined with soft fur, though certain breeds have bushier, hairier tails and others have strong, narrow, whip-like tails.


Cats are known for their curiosity, wanderlust and aloofness. However, tabby cat breeders hasten to point out that any individual animal's personality is dependent on a large number of factors, including early socialization and the home environment in which it lives. Generally, though, even highly independent cats grow attached to a particular person in the household and seek daily attention from that individual.

Health and Care

Grooming: Cats are very clean animals and look after most of their grooming needs on their own. That said, regular brushing and petting helps remove dead fur and spread essential oils throughout the cat's coat. Some experts also recommend bathing cats during shedding season.

Activity Level: Lap cats can easily become overweight, so take care to feed less active cats a limited diet. More lively breeds will find their own ways to work off their energy, and many cats enjoy going outdoors to do so.

Health Problems: All cats are prone to liver and kidney troubles as they get older. Hairballs can cause respiratory problems. Regular veterinary care is essential. Sexually active cats may also develop a syndrome informally called feline AIDS, and overweight animals are more likely to develop feline diabetes and feline arthritis in later adulthood.

Average Lifespan: Most domesticated cats live for 12 to 15 years. Especially healthy animals may live considerably longer.

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Posted by Christine on December 04,2016 at 08:59 AM
I found a Orange Tabby in the forest where I live and idk if it is a boy or girl. I want to catch the cat and bring it inside to foster it but it runs away from me, what do I do?
Posted by Jo on September 03,2016 at 04:59 AM
HELP I THINK MY CAT HATES ME!!! I got my tabby from the ASPCA, he was nutered poor baby was left there in a box with food water and a small litter box. He gray/brown swears and dots part white, has a black nose and black pads on all 4 paws. I have never seen that on a cat and I have had many!! He was tiny and very loving when he came home he is 9 months now. He now, bites, does not want to be held and avoids me. I'm have MS. MUTUAL SCLEROSIS. It's only him and I at home. I play with him, feed and do his poo box and he has a ton of toys. I feel out of bed one day, and it scared him so he won't sleep with me any more, one day I had a sever spasm in my leg wile sitting on the couch now he won't sit with me. Each time I let him know I was ok. But he avoids me like the plague now.......someone help he will be 1 in mid October!
Posted by Karen on November 19,2016 at 06:31 PM
Try putting in cat perches and make it easy for him to navigate a room without touching the floor. Also, try not to be so desperate for his attention. Cats feed off of your emotions.
Posted by Sam on October 27,2016 at 11:32 AM
He's still young. Cats go through phases just like kids. Mine went from loving and adorable, to bratty and mean, and back to adorable all in a couple hours. He will adjust. He doesn't hate you. Try putting some cat treats on the couch next to you or other places you sit a lot.
Posted by Brianna on August 19,2016 at 07:52 PM
Hello! My name is Brianna otherwise known as Bri,(I am only 14). I just recently found a little kitten who I'm pretty Shure is a grey tabby cat. There are two of them and I only see one now but this kitten has been here for two days now and is in my backyard behind a bush and our trashcans. I tried to approach it but he runs away and shakes. I cant tell how old it is? but I don't know what to do in order to help it. Please let me know what I should do and fast!
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Posted by Connie on March 20,2016 at 01:16 PM
Hi I have a 1 year old tabby name Khloe and she is great until it gets dark and we go to bed. I got her on Craigslist. During the day Khloe is great playing of course sleeps during the day while me/hubby at work. As soon as bedtime hits she turns into Chunky!!! start meowing and running around the house on our bed then back/forth down the hallway. We thought maybe it could be she not use to the dark, so we tried purchased several night lights around the house. No go, she was not trying to hear that at all! It seems when we go to bed she feels alone with silence? Please advise were not getting any sleep!!!
Posted by Zim on May 03,2016 at 04:38 AM
Our kitten does this too. After a lot of research and observation, we just came to know that it is indeed in their genes. They sleep during the day when we aren't around and that builds up a lot of energy that they need to burn that. We play with her daily after coming home from work (15 mins of jumping and pouncing around calms them if you play ball, it might take longer but not that long). When it's time for us to sleep, we turn off the lights, pamper her and if she has more energy, we just scrunch up an old bill or pamphlet and let her have fun. The point if to keep them occupied :)
Posted by Gary on March 25,2016 at 09:02 PM
This is just their nature, as they get older it will calm down. If the cat is kept inside yen it's just excess energy, but nevertheless just know your cat is healthty.
Posted by Emily on February 23,2016 at 08:10 PM
A few months ago I picked up my babygirl Maggie (silver Tabby) off the street. She looked to be not even a 2-3 weeks old but was so skinny her eyes bulged out. Now 8 months later she's now a chunky little thing! The thing that worries me though is the fact she is still so small. I know she's only 7 months and she's a female but she only weighs 5.5 lbs. is that normal? She's feisty and eats like our Maine coon cat Max, lol! I got her fixed about a month ago and they said she was small but I couldn't meet with the vet because they were so busy. Just wondering if anyone had anything to share with me on this?
Posted by Aysha on July 05,2016 at 04:06 PM
Hey Emily , I am new to this site so I just noticed u wrote this in February .... so ill share incase u did not get any answers from other tabby owners. I have a 10 month old grey tabby and shes small as well. I was just as worried as I imagine u were , but after reading your comment there I actualy have more reliefe , even tho I know the vet said she was healthy and she does eat ,,,, guess its just their breed !! :)
Posted by Terri on March 23,2016 at 10:36 AM
Emily: My male tabby cat, Smokey was also homeless, and I adopted him when he was about six months old. He had a lot of medical issues which were corrected, and he is now doing very well at almost two years old. He nibbles his dry cat food as he gets hungry, and I also feed him some wet food when I get home from work. Your kitty may just not eat as much as the others do and be just fine.
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Posted by Monica on December 03,2014 at 04:25 AM
Hello! I have a 6 month old orange tabby and he's eating ALL the time, I give him a good handful of dry food twice a day, although sometimes I also give him part of a wet food package that he loves. He eats everything as fast as hell, and then he heads for the kitchen looking for whatever I may have neglected on the table. He will eat the sandwich I left for the next day if he finds it. He's obese and I don't want him to have health problems. I am very worried about his permanent hunger and obesity. Do you know what could I do? Thank you very much!!
Posted by Gary on March 25,2016 at 09:05 PM
Stick with the dry food, unless your cat requires a particular diet by a veterinarian. Don't leave food laying out & your cat won't seek it out, they have a great sense of smell.
Posted by ricky hadden on June 09,2014 at 08:52 PM
I have a orange tabby i fond him on the street took him home and for awhile he tryed to get out and would scratch me all the time and i took him and had him fixed and front paws declawed now he does not like to go out he wants to stay in if i trie to get him to go out he will bite me and run and hide is that normal.
Posted by Alexander on October 05,2014 at 04:07 AM
Of course he bites you, what do you think would happen if you mutilate a cat by having him declawed? People think that's like a nail clipping, but the truth is the first knuckles of the paws are removed, making the cat essentially defenseless and cripling him for life. It's like having the first knuckles of your fingers chopped off. I'm glad this inhumane practice is illegal in my country under the animal cruelty act. At least don't let him outdoors again, because he won't be able to defend himself, or live the life of an unmutilated cat. At least keep him in safety after your cruel act of ignorance.
Posted by Pam on September 10,2014 at 07:28 PM
I agree with other comment - you cannot send a declared cat outside. That's as good as killing him, cat must be an inside cat now. Do not let him outside.
Posted by Nichole on July 11,2014 at 07:10 PM
I bet the reason he doesn't want to go out anymore is the fact is you made him defenseless by declawing him. If you declaw a cat you might as well consider it an inside only cat.
Posted by callie on February 17,2014 at 08:22 AM
My 12 week kitten wants to put his feet in his water bowl and of course turn it over making a mess. I have tried different types of container but nothing seems to help. Anyone have a idea why?
Posted by Bonnie on March 07,2016 at 11:44 PM
My 18 pound orange tabby does the same thing except he just spills it for no reason. I finally found a dish called a neater feeder. It's wonderful! As yours grows you can add a set of extension legs to it to make it higher so it isn't so hard for him to eat. My cat is so much happier he hasn't spilled his water since. The bowlssit down in insert with the holes for the bowls and drain in the front of the insert so if he does spill the water it drains down into the tray. It also has like a back splash behind the bowls. I hope this helps you.
Posted by Gabby Weber on November 15,2014 at 02:44 PM
It is completely normal for a kitten to knock things over. They are babies you need to know that, their mind and body isn't fully grown, just like us. You don't need to question EVERYTHING a kitten does. They're not coordinated, just like babies would be, so please, just love the cat. He's only a BABY, just stop worrying, he will stop. Or just break the habit if he keeps doing it.
Posted by RealistRose on October 16,2014 at 04:57 PM
I find that when cats are not finding their environment stimulating enough, they tend to do things like that. I realized this first with my first cat, before we got a tabby kitten- my cat would turn over the dish or destroy something so that we would pay attention to her. She seemed to do it out of boredom - even if we didn't pay attention to the behaviour she would still do it for what seemed like shits and giggles. Try teaching your kitten tricks (Doodle - Moggie cat, female, 2yrs - knows about five at this point), or creating interactive feeders, etc. We also spend ten minutes solid each (my partner and I) interacting with the cat specifically - it's generally more, but it's just so that we have a measurable point that we know that we can meet each day. This is really an assumption on my part - in no way am I trying to say that you don't spend enough time, just that maybe this is the case that your cat is bored.
Posted by kate on September 15,2014 at 01:43 PM
Cats generally like to turn over there food bowl getting a nice heavy one will prevent him/her from being able to turn it over
Posted by Diane on December 10,2013 at 03:53 PM
My cat is 13. It appears she is having sinus problems and now it appears she has a lump or raised spot on forehead between eyes. Her hose sounds clogged. I contacted the vet; waiting for her input. I am so worried!
Posted by Jon on May 13,2013 at 04:52 PM
Question- I had two tabbies. One disappeared around Christmas time a few years ago. Since he disappeared, my female tabby has been acting bipolar. She is an outdoor cat, but I feed her twice a day. At night, she will stand at the door step of the garage door and yowl for food. However she usually has food in her bowl. I clean out the bowl, put in fresh food, and she eats it like she hasn't eaten before. I've tried adjusting her feeding- giving her less in the morning and more at night; giving her more in the morning and less at night, and she leaves food in her bowl from the am and yowls at night. About half of the time when I come out to feed her, she looks at me with a bewildered look and runs away frightened. The other half of the time, she is so affectionate that she's clingy. She's made me trip more than once by rubbing between my legs, while I'm trying to bring her cat food or give her fresh water. She loves to be petted when she's in her affectionate mood, but she always tries to love bite me and then gives me a dirty look when I refuse to get bitten. She was much more calm when my male cat was around. I tried adopting another cat and they just did not get along at all. Any advice?
Posted by cat a holic on May 30,2014 at 08:13 PM
Make sure the feeding bowl is away from the litter box or water. My cat used to scatter grains of scoopable litter into the feeding bowl(though it was not very close to it). I didn't notice it for a few days since the grains are so tiny.
Posted by Angelique on June 25,2013 at 02:33 PM
I'm 11 and have like 6 stray cats in my neighborhood, I see them like three or four times every month, take ur cat for a walk and she will probably pick up the scent of ur missing cat, he probably hasn't gone far...maybe walk 6 blocks at night with ur cat or in the morning, if u do this u might be able to find him, also if ur looking for him make some kissing noises or some other kind of noises, cats are curious so tht might make ur missing cat come out from hiding or where he is
Posted by sofia on April 20,2013 at 07:49 AM
i think i have the prettiest cats in the world she is a grey tabby and the other is a cross between a orange tabby and a simese they are SO beautiful
Posted by shelly on November 26,2012 at 09:32 PM
i have an orange tabby he is the oldest of all my cat's and was the first cat here. He is a very cranky cat at times like if you pet him when he doesn't want to be petted he will bite you (not hard or enough to hurt you just enough to let you know to leave him alone) but he also has his times that we call his lovey mood where he will seek you out and purr and rub against your leg and you can pet him and scratch under his chin. He has taken a big liking to my son who by the way is definitely not an animal person but has grown a soft spot for this orange tabby. I love my orange tabby and would not trade him for anything even on his cranky days.
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Posted by Tony on October 03,2012 at 01:33 AM
Hi, my girlfriend and I just adopted a 5 year old tabby (Tessa). Ever since we brought her home she has been hissing at the door and hissing at us. Is this normal?
Posted by Eddie on December 12,2012 at 07:17 AM
No. When cats hiss they are pissed off. This is not a happy cat. Good luck.
Posted by Ken on October 10,2012 at 12:41 AM
Yes, very normal. A cat that is five years old has a history and unless it was feral, had a family You are strangers, and your place is new and has a foreign smell. Hissing is a communication born of fear that says "I am aggressive". You need to deal with the fear by remaining calm, providing lots of cat toys, a cat tree or scratching post, a nice clean litter box (pine pellets work well), fresh water, and for the first while, available kibble (medium tohigh quality). The main behavior to your new cat is to be calm, and let the cat come to you. If you have other pets, ensure that they are managed to reduce contact if they are at all aggressive, for the first while. Ditto with young children. Once the cat has rubbed her scent around your place and feels more comfortable, she will start to check out her new owners. If you let her ahve her space, she will not feel threatend, and if you are not overbearing or overly affectionate, she will feel safe and comeout of her shell. Whatever you do, do not reacte to the hissing with your own agreession or fear. Simply ignore her, and if she does become aggressive, simply move away. Once she learns you are both safe, she will settle down. Once she decides this is her home, you will have made a great friend. Female tabbies are so nice, and an adult cat is lucky to find a nice family. I hope you have a great future together.
Posted by Theresa on April 13,2013 at 10:36 AM
Thank you! I just hope my Tabby don't go blind like her mom... & lives a long life! She is happy!
Posted by caseyjb on September 22,2012 at 01:40 PM
My son and i adopted a kitten (11 wks old) from the humane society. She is so sweet, playful, full of purrs and uses her litter box. I had to take her into the vet only 3 days after bringing her home because she was coughing a lot. She was diagnosed with upper respiratory infection, given two meds and sent home. My main concern about her is not her sickness anymore its that she doesn't clean herself at all. I have had her home 6 days and ive had to give her two baths to just clean her bottom area. When looking it up on the internet it seems to be a common problem... But I thought cats were suppose to naturally know to clean there areas. i bought kitten wipes... so I guess my concern is am I going to forever be cleaning her bottom?
Posted by caseyjb on September 25,2012 at 08:38 AM
Hello, just wanted everyone to know she is now cleaning herself... I guess she just had to get more comfortable at her new home.
Posted by Rodney on March 09,2013 at 09:46 AM
Dear Jennifer: Glad to read your cat has made a successful adjustment to your home.
Posted by solaf on October 07,2012 at 10:27 PM
If your cat is long-haired then you will need to get it a "sanitary clip" from the vet or groomer. The long hair provides a means of catching & trapping feces & it's not the cat's fault. Sometimes, the feces fall off later and the cat gets blamed for inappropriate toilet habits.
Posted by Jennifer on September 18,2012 at 05:14 PM
My cat is about 9 months... Just had a litter and even before that she seemed to stop growing. Why?
Posted by Bob on August 19,2012 at 04:38 AM
My cat hasn't eaten in over a week. He doesn't move, is very stiff and starting to smell. Should I be worried?
Posted by sookie on February 13,2013 at 04:20 PM
You are an idiot! and this is not funny!!!
Posted by J. Holmes on December 12,2012 at 07:19 AM
You should not be worried....if you don't mind your cat dying.
Posted by tabbylover on September 09,2012 at 12:45 PM
is he alive? breathing? starting to smell...sounds like that is a possibility.
Posted by Kenzie on August 27,2012 at 09:33 PM
YES! You should be worried, it is really not good if your cat has stopped cleaning itself. You should take your cat to the vet and get it checked out just to be sure.
Posted by Dominique on April 30,2012 at 09:04 AM
I have a fabulous tabby named Troshow. He is going outside but with a leash. He spend half a day inside, half a day outside. He is a great cat, he is hunting mice. Gotta love Tabby !
Posted by Keira on September 15,2013 at 02:44 PM
I have a 15 month old tabby Gabriel & he loves going for walks on his leash. I love the looks he gets lol
Posted by Susette on January 29,2012 at 05:16 PM
We have a 14 year old amputee(right front leg)who is very laid back and very sweet..we just adopted a tiger kitten 3 months old male who is very playful and hurts our old guy by jumping on him and bites him. How can I stop this rough housing and hurting our old guy?? Any suggestions? We put him in a cat carrier for time out...but that isn't helping.
Posted by jackie on August 05,2012 at 09:19 PM
Had the same problem, got another young kitten, so far it's working out okay.
Posted by Jen on February 15,2012 at 04:56 PM
Your kitten is being a kitten is all... Have you never owned a kitten? They leap and bounce and nibble at each other all the time. Kitten time out... seriously? Wow... Maybe you should have gotten another old cat but as you have this "normal" kitten I suggest you use the web to observe video's of normal kitten behavior. The older, bigger cat will give it a swat or bite back if it crosses the cat play line.
Posted by Tom smith on January 24,2012 at 05:21 AM
I have a 1 year old dark grey tabby named lucy. Whenever she is really relaxed she'll lay on her back
Posted by Kelley on January 15,2012 at 02:15 PM
My Female Orange Tabbys is a little over 3 ft long ..Is that normal? ( I think I have a tiger cub)
Posted by Ken on October 10,2012 at 12:50 AM
That is quite a long tabby cat all right. I have a 17 pound male orange tabby that stretches out to 40 inches, which is shorter than some of the Maine Coons, but stil quite long for a cat. Yours is long for a female. I love orange tabbys because it is just like having a little tiger in the house,and they have such great persoalities as well. I also have a British Bombay and a tortiseshell, and I love them all,but the tabbys are special, and that is why they are sooooo popular.
Posted by My linus on March 04,2012 at 08:36 AM
My linus was a brown tabby and he was over 3 ft long also;)
Posted by Danielle on January 30,2012 at 06:59 PM
I also have a one year old tabby, Greta, who does the same. I think she just likes to relax and 'air out'. Probably feels good after being on her feet on tummy most of the time. Its super adorable too!
Posted by Dayna Winchera on January 04,2012 at 09:32 PM
My cat is 5-6 months old, is male, was fixed at four and a half months old, is a tabby, is the only cat in the house, and is treated very well. My husband and I both work from home so we spend alot of time with him and he has never been hit or abused but for somr reason we can not get him to sit for a minute to pet him. He squirms and tries to get away the second we hold him and try to show him some love, even when he's the one who comes up for the attention. Why does he want to run away from us? we dont smother him. Are tabby's not affectionate? HELP!!
Posted by Olivia on May 27,2014 at 03:23 PM
Some tabbys are affectionate, some aren't. My gray tabby is the sweetest thing in the world but my other cat, a black tabby is a jerk, :/. So don't be worried
Posted by Ken on October 10,2012 at 01:09 AM
All cats love attention and love. The trick is to find out what the cat likes. My Tabby loves almost anything except brushing and teeth cleaning. My Bombay, however,is very particular. He only likes to be held a certain way, and he likes to initiate contact, and then prefers only scratching, and very little petting. Every cat is different, and you must be the detective to fiqure out what is on the affection menu. I do have one rule for all my cats.....they all get picked up and held for brushing,teeth cleaning, and claw trimming. They all know I mean business for these, and while they may complain, kittens seem to learn what is voluntary touching versus required, and the latter helps them learn to accept more human contact than they might otherwise tolerate. With cats, trust is so important. Once they trust you, and that takes some time, they get closer. The trust comes from letting the cat come to you, and letting the cat go as soon as it has had enough. Sometimes only a moment of affection is enough for the cat. And, if you watch two cats being affectionate, often their own affection with each other is very brief. So, never force affection, but do insist on the "mom" times of brushing, clipping,etc., and even there,be gentle and keep it as short as possible at first. That is what the mother cat would do, and you are the mother cat. The kinder and gentler you are now, the happier and calmer your cat will become (subject to the individual cat personality, and some luck).
Posted by Autumn on January 28,2012 at 08:11 AM
It depends on the cats personality, i've had several cats through out my life and some have been more affectionate than others. One I swore hated me, every time i went near it, it would run away or hiss at me. The two I have now are both orange tabbies and one is very affectionate, one not as much. It really depends on the cat.
Posted by Alice on January 18,2012 at 01:36 PM
Hey, My Nahla was the same way. She warmed up eventually and began to cuddle next to me on the couch, but she still gets squrimy when I pick her up 3 years later. I don't bother forcing it because when she wants a snuggle she'll prop herself up beside me. Some cats just don't like being held and when they do want attention its on their terms. Ex-cuse mE!
Posted by Mari on January 21,2012 at 11:55 AM
I agreee my tabby pouncer is very squirmy and touchey!!
Posted by Brooke on January 26,2012 at 04:37 AM
I have 2 tabbies and they're both the sweetest, most affectionate cats ever! One is the traditional grey and black and white and the other is orange. They like to ride on my shoulder when I'm walking around the house, the way you'd hold a baby. They're both males, one neutered and one not. Both were rescues, although at different times in their lives. I don't think I've ever met cats so sweet in my life!! And they're sweet to each other as well. Most of the time, Haha!
Posted by chrystal on July 15,2011 at 10:41 AM
my cat throws up some times should i b worried
Posted by Rachel on December 30,2011 at 08:18 AM
You shouldnt be worried becuase as a part of most cats diet, hairballs or throw up consist occasionally. Unless this is continuosly happening, you should not be worried.
Posted by pam on August 16,2011 at 01:50 PM
You might see if you need to give your cat something to break down hair balls. they have treats
Posted by jennifer on November 12,2010 at 09:33 AM
hello my cat has really bad lesion on his neck that he keeps scratchin at and it wont close up is there any thing that i can do
Posted by Linda on October 13,2010 at 11:42 AM
My vet perscribed Acepromazine to relax my 11 year old tabby for airline travel. The medicine gave her the opposite effect and she was full of energy. Can I try 1/2 of .05 zanax.
Posted by zuri on July 19,2010 at 12:50 PM
There is a stray in my backyard that has puple eyes with no pupils and is blind. But she is just a kitten. Should I do anything?
Posted by maureen kinsella on January 22,2012 at 11:42 AM
i WOULD take the kitten in and give it a good home. Never heard of a cat with purple eyes. I would love it and give it a good home.
Posted by Shirley on July 15,2010 at 01:14 PM
I have a cat named Tony the tiger We have had him since march. & he is very much curious I have noticed that he jumps onto my grandaughers bed while she is sleep & has her blanket over her. & he bites the sheet then he begins huntching onto the sheet . continusly or until we remove of him. Do You know why he does of this? Thanks:).
Posted by Gonzo on September 24,2013 at 08:05 AM
Not neutered, I'm guessing? If you get him neutered, he'll stop "hunching onto it repeatedly" (humping).
Posted by lisa on July 28,2012 at 11:25 PM
The Kitty is probably just hunting or playing. Many cats do this and have a tendancy to bite the feet thinking its a game or that they've found least that's been my experience.
Posted by kristina on July 04,2010 at 11:58 AM
i have a stray tabby since last year i want to know how do i find out her age she has a low belly not sure if she was regnant n recently she has brought in a live and a dead mouse can some one answer my question please
Posted by David on February 08,2011 at 01:48 AM
If she is less than 10 inches from chest to rear, she probably is one year old or less. My tabby girl is 3 years old and she is about 16 inches , chest to rear. She may have been recently or currently maybe pregnant. If her nipples are fairly prominant she has probably had kittens which may also explain her low ride belly. She also may have been injured in some way in her abdomen. The momma who gave birth to mine has diaphragm damage due to abuse before she wandered into our yard. She breathes hard all the time and had to have my brother and me deliver her kittens. The vet said she might have either got hit by a car or kicked or stomped in the chest area. She likes car rides, but is skittish around us sometimes and especially with others who visit so I am thinking somebody kicked or stomped her, maybe because she is overly affectionate and wants to be rubbed every chance she gets. As far as the mice, she is giving you presents to show her thanks for your kindness, gross as it may be. Our tabby when she got old enough latched herself to my Mom, one of the things they said in the article above. She was very protective of Mom and sometimes gave us trouble when we came into Mom's room. Either because of her breeding or maybe because Mom was suffering from cancer. As Mom got weaker she got more territorial and protective of Mom. The night Mom died, I am sure Tabby was beside her and may have saw the Mom's Spirit leave her. I was in the living room and I heard Tabby let out a strange hiss. When I came in to check Mom for a pulse, Tabby was quiet and looked very sorrowful. Her and Mom both had a deep love for each other. I hope my info helps you with yur questions. Good luck with her and hope thing work well. If you do decide to care for her more, best thing to do would be having her spayed. Besides preventing unwanted pregnancies, it will probably relieve some pain she may be experiencing if she was abused of hit by a car.
Posted by Elena on June 29,2010 at 10:28 PM
I have a question about cat leukemia i have twin sister tabby cats that aer healthy and are 8 years old.. i had to move and want to bring my cats to my new home but i have found out that the cat upstiars in the 2 family house i want to move into has feline leukemia. is there any way that i can bring them into this home
Posted by mindy on June 27,2010 at 06:59 AM
I have had my male tabby for 7 years on purina one urinary tract dry food earlier this week he has not had his daily bowel movements it went from every day as normal to every other day the vet told me to give him wet food to try different brands out on him along with giving him hairball remedy paste once a day...HELP!! me someone...he will not eat the wet food!! this weekend I have tried so far 2 different types of food I have also tried to put tuna juice on top of it to entice him.he wont eat it! since yesterday he has not eaten. as of this morning I have just now mixed in a little bit of his dry food in with another can of wet food so far he has not eaten it.has anyone had a problem like this before? if so any advice?
Posted by Cindy on September 26,2010 at 04:09 PM
I know by now you have trained him on something else to eat, but I have a similiar cat in my household. My youngest (who is 11 yrs old) refuses to eat wet food. As a result, she has always been constipated; which has grown into a bigger problem as she has gotten older. She began to go outside the litterbox on a consistant basis, so I stopped all other food and started a diet of only Purina Pro Plan Indoor Care. It has Omega Fatty Acids for skin care and aids in the digestion. I coupled it with a laxative paste that is catnip flavored and within 5 days she was doing much better. She is a very picky eater; but she immediately began eating this as soon as it hit her bowl. Good luck.
Posted by Holly Harling on June 07,2010 at 07:46 PM
My orange tabby is an 11 year old male. In the last month or so I have noticed a loss of weight in his hind quarters. I think this is just an age thing. He is eating and drinking fine but I am concerned because he has lost his voice and when he cries it comes out just a squeak. What do you think may be causing this.
Posted by Cindy on September 26,2010 at 03:47 PM
My american cat, who is age 12, was just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism following her senior bloodwork. Her symptoms were excessive drinking, weight loss, and behavior changes. This disorder is very common in older cats, but can occur in cats as young as age 2. I would recommend letting your vet know the symptoms. They should take it from there and get the answers with the proper tests.
Posted by Mary on June 29,2010 at 08:02 PM
My 15 yr. old Tabby is having the same problems. Drinking lots more water, eating smaller amounts, and not eating what used to be her favorite foods, but losing weight and her bones are very visable. She doesn't seem to be in any pain, I just don't know what is causing this.
Posted by Delaney on June 02,2010 at 08:35 PM
my cat,Toby has been sick lately,the vet thinks he has something wrong with his liver,and he is only 2 years old,hes been in the vet clinic for two days and now he won't even twitch his tail,any idea what be wrong with him?
Posted by nunzio on April 22,2010 at 11:22 AM
What is the cheapest of the healthiest cat food for my Kitten.. Wet and Dry
Posted by David on February 08,2011 at 02:01 AM
Of the name brands, 9 -Lives, wet or dry. After that Purina Cat Chow, Meow Mix, and Friskies. Other than brand names, Wal-mart's Special Kitty is good, wet or dry. We have used these on our 5 cats for the last 3-4 years since kittenhood. The priciest ones are Purina One, Hill's Science Diet, and most brands sold through the vet's as well as the store brands at Petsmart, and Petco.
Posted by BRITTNEY on March 30,2010 at 10:21 PM
i have no idea why your cat is dripping urine. however, does anyone know why my cat is constantly crying? he never seems to shut up unless he's being pet. any sugestions?
Posted by Ashley on May 24,2010 at 05:48 PM
Has your cat been (fixed)? That maybe the problem or he may have a health issues you should check out. Have his vet exsamine him and see what that problem is. Sometime the most important things are the things we can't see.
Posted by Bev on September 11,2016 at 08:48 AM
Mine did that to . He was going deaf.
Posted by Alicelegere on March 30,2010 at 01:15 PM
My 2 year old Tabby cat named Honey is dripping urine. What can I do about it?
Posted by megan on April 11,2010 at 04:22 PM
i lost my orange tabby and he was named fred and he ran away today and i miss him a lot and he was not fixed and wasnt even 1 yet he was like 7 months
Posted by Alicelegere on March 30,2010 at 01:10 PM
My tabby cat named Honey is dripping urine? What can I do about it?
Posted by Steve on March 29,2011 at 09:11 AM
I would recommend that you take him to see your vet as soon as you can. That way you will receive an expert opinion and some advice as to how to correct the problem. Older tabby-cats often experience problems with their urinary system, liver and kidney issues often require the attention of a vet, who can prescribe medicine or dietary changes which may help your cat. Again it's always best to consult a vet about such problems, and it's important to find one you like and who you and your cat are comfortable with.
Posted by chris on March 28,2010 at 01:16 PM
what do you give a cat with a running nose
Posted by carmen on February 21,2010 at 05:48 PM
i have so many questions regarding my cat "buddy" him so much..think he's overweight.don't know for sure. he's a soooooo much! weighs 20 lbs.and eats alot of iams fur ball and weight control..he loves it.
Posted by Freddie on May 08,2012 at 06:19 PM
Well the weight come from the Iams food it put on a lot of pounds. I noticed this with both of my tabbies.
Posted by Rosie on March 27,2013 at 11:08 AM
That's interesting about the Iams - I got my tabby Bella from Cats Protection 2 years ago when she was 1, they told me she likes Iams and to continue feeding her that, alternating with wet food for variety. She's a fussy eater, the only wet food she eats is Felix and she licks the jelly and leaves meaty chunks. She is a stocky little girl & her tummy hangs down. I only feed her the amounts recommended for her size on the Iams bag but clearly this is too much. Forgot to mention she doesnt go outside much (although I have a catflap & a nice safe garden) so is quite innactive. I guess i will have to cut down her portions of Iams until she slims down :/
Posted by Ashley on May 24,2010 at 05:57 PM
If you can feel his ribs he's to thin, if you have to push your finger so hard agast his chest or side that it may hurt the cat in order to feel his ribs he is fat. And another way to find out is put hem on you lap and try to remember how heavy he felt before, if he seems heavier than the last time he has gained wieght.
Posted by Fallon on May 22,2010 at 12:45 PM
I have a cat the same way shes fat but now shes on a special weight control cat food the vet recomended. I think you need to brush Buddy and give him some weight control pet food from the vet but fisrt you need to take him to the vet so they can recomend a brand of cat food for Buddy and if you have any questions Email me at
Posted by Nicole on February 17,2010 at 11:00 PM
I have a tabby cat that had fleas...I went to the vet and got advantage for her and now I have noticed scabs on her head and neck. I need to know if it is from the fleas or if I should take her into the vet?
Posted by Tina on November 12,2010 at 10:35 PM
Yes this is from scratching. Your cat like mine is allergic to fleas. When the advantage is first administered the fleas seem to bite more but this stops usually within a day and the scabs will clear up and go away. My poor cat had scabs before we realized he had fleas. It's been a couple of weeks since he had his first dose of advantage and he's feeling so much better.
Posted by BARB on November 20,2009 at 02:12 AM
My stray cat has gotten sick he belongs to the wole street he has been sneezing alot and it is really slimmy white and green he has lost alot of weight ,when i gave him a bath i felt a large sack like mass under his belly he is about 10-12 yrs old I think we will have to put him down he seames to be suffering and thats not good Please Help!
Posted by Lucy Jones on September 25,2009 at 11:02 AM
My daughter has a cat that looks like a tabby but the face is flatter and her hind legs are just a little longer than her front. Her tail is very long. She was the runt of the litter. She was raised with a puppy and acts like a dog. She is very aggressive and mean. We give her cat nip and she has lots of toys and activity toys. She runs and grabs you with her claws and bites. We have tried to break her from this habit even when she was a kitten. We hide snacks around the apartment so she has to look for them. Nothing we do seems to work with the aggression or biting.
Posted by maggie on November 16,2009 at 07:16 AM
My cat bites, too, and was reinforced to do so by his previous owner. Search for helpful articles online under cat biting. Suggestions are, when she bites, loudly say "OUCH!" and when she loosens her teeth, remove yourself and don't giver her attention for 15 minutes. Pay attention to warning signs like flattened ears and lashing tail. When she is calmer, DO give her attention--pettings, praise, interactive play with things like laser light, tail-on-a-wand that she can chase & bite, tossed mice...give her time & consistency; she will learn! \
Posted by Rita on September 07,2009 at 03:43 PM
I have a 20 year old tabby. He is deaf and has sight in only one eye, due to an ulcer. For all that he is still quite active, when he is awake, eats well and basically takes care of his own grooming. He was an indoor.outdoor cat but now only goes out with me. After having him for so long I cannot imagine being without him but I know that is bound to happen within the next couple of years.
Posted by Dana on November 21,2009 at 09:14 PM
I had a tabby girl for 19 years. Doogie grew up with me... I just lost her a month ago. She was blind for the last two years, and had a heart murmor... but she was still very loving, social and remembered where everything was around our home. I knew she couldn't live forever, it is still hard to believe she's gone. Nothing will prepare you for losing your kitty. She slept on my pillow every night and I dearly miss her. But we are fortunate to have had her in our lives for that long and it just goes to show she had a good long life in a loving home. Enjoy your time with your kitty. We did and I am glad for it. Since Doogie's death, we have adopted a homeless kitten, a tabby also. He is playful and very loving - and I hope Eli has just as long of a life with us.
Posted by maggie on November 16,2009 at 06:38 AM
I know you treasure him! Be sure to take photos of him, and have someone take pictures of the two of you. They will be comforting reminders.
Posted by Bridget on November 08,2009 at 03:39 PM
I just lost my 18 yo tabby that was my only child. No children so he was it for me. I want to tell you that it IS VERY HARD when you lose them at that age. But I also want to tell you that the pain WILL lessen in a few weeks. I really just wanted to die I missed him so terribly. But it has been 4 months now and the pain is considerably less and starting to be replaced by wonderful fun memories. I went nuts and had a bunch of things made of him, tons of magnets for the fridge of him in every position. A leather pillow with him hand painted on it , I got post cards of him so I can look at them in bed and not worry about messing up photographs, a canvass bag ect....I has helped trememdously having him all around the house in photos ect...You feel like he is still there. I even have him in the bathroom. It is of great comfort. I will also let you know that he HAS visited us in numerous ways. If you look for the signs, they will be there. Also books on Cats and the afterlife will help you. I feel for you, because I know what you will endure. Perhaps some of these things will help you. Also, close your eyes and touch your kitty all over and print in your mind what everything feels like so you will be able to remember better later. Sincerely, Bridget
Posted by kathy on August 06,2009 at 03:27 PM
my cat is about to give birth. the sac is hanging out it has been 3 hrs,it looks like a grape should i be concerned?she is small like 10 poundstabby orange
Posted by Kylie on December 26,2013 at 12:40 PM
Hi! Well, Kathy, It is very unusual for a ten pound tabby to give birth. Are you sure she is pregnant?
Posted by Reanna on July 29,2009 at 12:20 AM
I have three tabbys none of them are lazy , not even our lap cat , a Brown Devon silver tabby at age 51\2 weeks (His name is Jonahh Rubius James (Catterie name : Sir Jonahh Tumbler)). The others re a silver tabby by the name of Jebediah Jones at age three and a half he is still very active, and Obediah Ozwick knight of the dark realm is very playful and loving at age 11\2.
Posted by buster on November 25,2010 at 05:39 PM
should I be concerned about my aging tabi having lentigo simplex
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