Tabby Traits

Tabby Height

20-38 cm

Tabby Weight

3-8 kg

Tabby Life Expectancy

17-18 years

Tabby Appearance

  • Medium size
  • Playful
  • Rebellious
  • Energetic
  • Noble

Tabby General Character

Compassion towards the family
Communication with Children
Communication with other cats
Shedding rate
Level of intelligence
Energy level
Tendency to meow
Mental preoccupation

Tabby cats are a mixed breed that emerged from the combination of various breeds. In countries like Turkey where stray animals can live freely, this breed, which is generally short-haired and has stripes that vary in length depending on the climate of their region, is commonly seen. They have existed since ancient times. Tabby cats, who can become a bit aggressive at times in order to survive on their own, find it very easy to adapt to domestic life.

Tabby History

The origin of tabby cats is not fully known, but according to some, this breed is derived from the lineage of an ancient Egyptian breed called "Mau," which was developed by domesticating the African Wild Cat. It is said that the prominent M-shaped pattern on the forehead of all tabbies is due to this. Others believe that it is derived from the crossbreeding of the African and European wild cats. It is also widely believed that the tabby, which has been in existence since ancient times and is thought to have originated from the mating of two wild breeds in the wild, comes from lion and tiger bloodlines.

However, the definite information is that the tabby is a hybrid breed. Its name "Tubby" is thought to be derived from its resemblance to the tiger, also known as "Tigris."

Tabby Personality and Character Traits

Tubby cats are more independent than other cats. As they mostly live on the streets and are exposed to danger, they naturally have a strong defense mechanism. They love to play and enjoy attention. It has been observed that even if they live on the streets for a long time, they can easily adapt to home environments.
They quickly adapt to their surroundings and are capable of learning fast. They are very curious and active, so they can fall from a window or balcony. Therefore, Tubby cat owners need to take precautions in this regard.

They can fit into very small places, so they can come out of unexpected places. Street life and the need to hunt have made their hunting instincts both alert and developed. Domesticated Tubby cats also tend to jump and catch everything that moves.

Their sense of smell is highly developed. If they smell another cat's scent on their owners, they can get upset or sulky. Tubby cats are both emotional and social, and after getting used to living with humans, they find it harder to cope with loneliness, and may even become depressed after prolonged periods of loneliness.

Tabby Appearance

As Tubby cats are a mixed breed, they can come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Even though Tubby patterns may seem the same at first glance, they are actually quite different when examined closely. While they may generally appear similar to each other, each Tubby cat has unique physical characteristics.

Tabby General Care

Tabby Feather Care

Taking care of Tubby cats is relatively easy compared to purebred breeds. Brushing their fur once or twice a week, and increasing this number according to the shedding season is sufficient.

Tabby Exercise

Tubby cats are easy to take care of compared to other purebred breeds. Brushing their fur once or twice a week, and increasing this frequency during heavy shedding seasons, is enough.

This breed is very energetic, especially in winter when they look for a place to expend their energy. Some suggestions for attention-grabbing toys, ball games, feathered toy battles, and a few exercises that can be done at home can be helpful.

To reduce the risk of health problems such as cancer and uterine infections, it is recommended to have them spayed under the supervision of a veterinarian when the time comes. It is important to provide them with a balanced diet that provides equal amounts of protein, vitamins, and minerals. As with all breeds, it is essential to keep fresh water available in easily accessible places for Tubby cats.

Like all cat breeds, Tubby cats can live a healthy and happy life for many years with a proper nutrition regimen, lifestyle, and regular veterinary checkups.

Tabby Health

  • Tubby cats are generally considered healthy because they have adapted to harsh conditions while living on the streets. However, like all cat breeds, some common health problems that could affect them are listed below:
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Dental problems
  • Parasites
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Obesity
  • Kidney disease

Tabby Nutrition

Tubby cats' diets should be carefully balanced to meet the energy requirements of their active nature.

Did you know?

  • It is believed that the "M" mark on the forehead of a Turkish Van cat resembles the ancient symbol of the goddess Bastet, often depicted as a lioness head.
  • The Turkish Van pattern is not only found in cats, but also in wild animals such as tigers, lions, leopards, and cheetahs.
  • Turkish Vans are generally portrayed as classic "house cats" in literature, films, and TV shows.
  • Turkish Vans are natural hunter cats. They cannot resist the excitement of chasing and hunting rodents, insects, birds, and flies in their living areas and surroundings.
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