Tabby cat personality and behavior. Tabby Cat is the most commonly domesticated cat. A tabby cat is one which has a unique design on its coat, mainly strips, dots and whirls. They have a “M” type mark on the forehead, which is a quick identifier of a tabby cat. There is popular misconception that Tabby is a breed of cats. This is wrong. Tabby cat is any cat which has the distinctive design. Tabby cats are cute, sharp and very intelligent. Although other cats are also intelligent, these cats learn well to live with humans and enjoy their lives.

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Tabby cats come in all sorts of colors, but the most common colors are black, grey, brown and orange.There is research going on regarding how the tabby cat got its beautiful patterns. Updates suggest that this may be a relation between the common tabby cat and other felines like cheetahs and leopards. Tabby cats may not be of one breed, but they do have some ” tabby cat personality  ” traits in common. These are social cats which get well adjusted to our lifestyle.

Personality and behavior of tabby cats.

  • Tabby cats are more loving and affectionate than other cats. Most cats and other animals of the cat family remain aloof. However, this is not the case with tabby cats. They love humans and particularly like someone within the family. Just like we have different affection levels towards different people, tabby cats too choose their favorites. A tabby cat may be more responding to you than to your sister.
  • Tabby cats are playful and like to stay merry. They like to play games, or play with other pets in the house. They also get popular among other pets in the family. Parrots, for example can become great friends of a tabby cat. Kids love tabby cats and they reciprocate this affection.
  • Tabby cats can be moody. They can be quite playful at times and then become shy. They may have inherited such nature from humans. It is not that all tabby cats have similar personality traits. Each cat has a different personality. Some tabby cats are lazy, some very enthusiastic, some like to stay indoors while others may want to roam around many times a day.
  • Upbringing of a tabby cat affects its nature. The kind of people that they live with and the way they have been brought up can play a major role in shaping their personality.
  • Tabby cats attach preference to things. That is, they like certain things and if they are not allowed to do, they can get angry or annoyed. They may like a particular room  or a particular place in the house, play with one person and ignore the others and traits like that.
  • They are rarely attacking in nature. Tabby cats are easy going cats which like to stay with humans.

Tabby cats are categorized into four types based on their patterns – Mackerel tabby ( stripes like fish bones ) , Spotted Tabby ( having dots/spots ) , Classic tabby ( whirling stripes ) and Ticked tabby ( some isolated bands of color ) . Some colors are found lesser in tabby cats like red color, silver and blue. So, these colors may be considered exotic tabby cat colors.

Tabby cat is a wonderful pet and a domestic animal. It adds cheer to life and makes a great combination with people. Tabby cats are rarely shy and they feel comfortable in public. Tabby cats are so common that people are constantly searching for good names for their pets. If you are not able to come up with good names, try looking up names of characters in books or movies of other cultures.




42 COMMENTS

  1. I have a tabby cat and he is about 4 months old. He seems to like to bite and scratch alot. Especially me. He also has a circle on each side of him and polka dot pattern on his stomach. Is there a reason to his aggressiveness?

    • I have had cats my entire life…46 years…I believe that he is aggressive for a couple reasons…firstly, he is a kitten and is learning his hunting skills even if it is your arm that he is hunting. Secondly, if a cat feels neglected (kittens especially) whether it be emotional neglect or neglect say, for example, his water dish is empty or needing fresher water then cats become aggressive as I believe it is their last resort in trying to get your attention. For example, if your kitty has no water he will probably meow first to grab your attention…when that does not work and he is getting desperate for a drink chances he will attack. If your kitten needs attention, and they all do, and he is left alone for a big part of day then may I suggest getting another kitten so they can keep each other company….I know many people who work all day then come home briefly and then go out for the evening without realizing that animals are simply people with fur and four legs…..they need QAULITY time…………………hope this helps

    • It’s true that this behavior is typical with a cat who is less than a year old. Even adult cats will give “love bites” which never or rarely break the skin. This is just a sign of affection and part of grooming. If you notice when one adult cat grooms another adult cat, he or she will not only lick fur, but occasionally bite; but it is very rarely a hard teeth in the skin type of bite. I had a tabby cat who bit a little too hard and all I did was tell her in a firm, loud voice, “NO BITES!” Cats definitely understand, “NO.” It was only a short time before she stopped doing it entirely. But most of all, they are trying to interact with you or get your attention. If you make a fuss over the cat; talking sweetly to him or her, giving him or her lots of nice petting; it will be a short time before you can kiss them on their forehead. My two cats almost expect this and they will raise their head towards me to get a kiss.
      Cats are wonderful, wonderful animals – extremely intelligent and they can easily be trained, even without having to give them rewards to learn.

    • Haley, you should get her a scratcher and play with her at least for 5min. When you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed.hope it’s help.

    • Ok I have a short haired tabby 7 months old and he has been going outside and playing for hours at a time, I got a new kitten and he started biting and clawing and hissing at him ???? When he gets mad no one can touch him or he attacks you ? So what can I do or what do I do

      • Firstly, cats are indeed territorial. Secondly, tis best, if you have a 7 month old male kitten, bring in a female kitten and they may have to warm up to one another, but they will get along. However, to introduce a young male kitten to a seven month old male kitten may take a while longer for them to become friends. Then again, they may never become friends. Although I have no titles to prove I am some educated veternarian, for example, I am a cat lover of over 50 plus years. The trick I used to use on kittens in this situation was that I would place a tad of my mothers sweet perfume powder on them or a little of her perfume on them for a while. I suppose smelling the same turned my kittens from enemies to frienemies and then friends who would share the same bowl of food and snuggle together. People may think it was awful of me, but I was a kid doing it to the kittens and it worked.

        It really is not recommended to have a mature male cat and bring in a very young male kitten to the territory or home.. The male cats will kill the young male kittens to do away with breeding competition. I dont know if it is true the males will eat the young male kittens, but I have witnessed week old kittens being stalked for prey by what I thought was a super great male cat. At least this is not an issue for you due to having an adolescent male kitten of 7 months of age.

        Try placing a scent atop their necks to give them the same smell. Try it, it may work for you as it did me.

  2. He’s a kitten.. all kittens do that. Perhaps he’s teething and just like to rough house like all kittens and puppies do. Mine was like up..actually still is because I made him that way.. What I mean to say is that I never curbed his kitten behaviour of biting and scratching, so now he does it to get my attention when I want to ignore him. He only resorts to it when he wants something really bad.

    Best thing to do when he bites or scratches is just to pull your hand away and shove a toy in its place. That way he will never associate your hand with a play thing. It’s hard, kittens have such cute reactions to hands and pats.

    Oh, and I read somewhere that Tabbies like to sleep in bed with their owners. 100% TRUE. He will even come get me to go to bed when it’s around my normal bedtime. He will come and sit next to me suddenly, give him the soulful sleepy blinky eyes and meow gently. He will even nip my hand gently to prove his point – that it’s BEDTIME. And when I finally make my way to bed, he is already there sitting at his customary spot waiting for me to get in bed. If Peyo doesn’t get his 8 hours at night cradled next to me he gets cranky the next day and nips my ankle more. He’s really really cranky when that happens.

    It is really true what was written up top..an adult tabby cat’s personality is really shaped by how it is raised. A lot of people tells me that my Peyo is just like a ‘chip off the ol’ block’…he picked up my personality alright.
    Enjoy this time with your kitten – how you react and teach him at this point will really make him what you want him to be in the future…a wonderful loving friend and companion. Good luck with yours and savour your times together. 🙂

  3. Some tabby personality that I’ve observed in my mackerel tabby..

    – My Peyo has a slight bob tail on him at the tip of his tail, so he’s not exactly the most agile of all cats. He’s quite clumsy in fact, and he seems quite embarrassed by his lack of agility. He actually looks away when he catches me looking at him at his near misses, and seems to give me the “I-will-kill-you” look when I laugh at him for falling off his scratching post after missing it from his clumsiness.

    – He taught me how to play fetch with him. He would bring one of his mouse toys to me and drop it by my hand. And when I throw it off the bed (because i don’t like his toys on my bed) he would then bring it back. Like how a dog plays fetch.

    – Peyo loves water and the faucet. Always playing in the water, and can sit there for hours watching water dripping from the tap. When I shower I will fill a bucket and when I come out of my shower he will run in and stand on the rim of the bucket, with a paw in the bucket swirling the water in circles. Then he would tip it over and watch the water flow around the shower enclosure, trying to ‘catch’ it with his paws. I call this ‘cleaning the shower after mommy’.

    – He likes to bury his bowl after he finishes eating. Sometimes he will bury it and then eat some more and then re-bury it. And he would do this for half hour… not sure if he’s burying it or digging it up again to eat it.

    – He’s a leg follower…meaning he likes to chase ankles and legs. He also thinks it’s funny and fun to trip me when I walk. I’ve learnt to walk with my back to walls and cupboards, in case I have to hold on to something to break my fall in mid stride. When he is angry with me, he will chase my ankles and nip at it to prove his point.

    – He likes to sleep cradled in the crook of my elbow at night. For 7 – 8 hours at least. If he doesn’t get this nightly cuddle – like when I had a sleep over at my friend’s house and came home the next day, he will act very cross with me and bite my ankle all day. He will also come and fetch me to go to bed if I’m not in bed around my customary bed time. He will sit next to me on my couch (if I’m watching tv), or next to my laptop (if I’m doing work) and blink at me with his sleepy eyes. He would even wink at me and yawn once. If I’m not up on my feet in 1 minute he will then bite gently on my elbow and meow to prove his point. If I’m not on my way to the bedroom in 5 minutes he will ‘nip’ harder and won’t let go. The meows then become insistent.

    – Then at 7am SHARP he will sit on my chest and demand that I wake up with nudges, licks (with his rough tongue that hurts), and bunts his head on my nose, so that I can get up and feed his royal highness. Only time he doesn’t wake me up this early is on the weekend. Yes, animals can tell the days of the week as well!! On weekends, I get to sleep in till 8am.

    – Now I have a maltese puppy, and he’s become the father figure for this 6 months’ old puppy. He plays with her, and cleans her. He always licks her and cleans her face so that she doesn’t have the brown stained nose. He’s also the most patient cat I’ve ever known. He will stand there and let her chew on his ear, his collar and even his nose. He never hisses or scratches the puppy. When I ask him where is the puppy, he will go to where she is and sit there so that I can find her.

    It’s true what they say about the animals adopting you versus you adopting them. I went to the shelter, and looked at this aloof cat that was very much trying to look uninterested in me. But I wanted to see him because I liked his coat and when they picked him up then put him in my arms, he rolled onto his back and purred loudly. Then he snuggled his face into my neck – that was it. He saw me and picked me all along, even before i noticed him.

    I’m so lucky to have this wonderful, loving and patient creature in my life. He brightens my mornings with his quirkiness, makes my day with his clumsiness and playfulness and nags me to bed at night. Best.Cat.Ever. I highly recommend a mackerel tabby if anyone is in the market for a cat.

    • Wow your story is beautiful. My tabby follows me everywhere around God house. We are renovating and he sits there while j am doing building/renovating work. I take him for walks (he follows me) to the shops about 5 min walk there and back and sits and waits for me to come out of he shop (I only take a few minutes) under a parked car or by the green if there are people around as he doesn’t like strangers which I am glad as he wont go off with anyone, Luckily I live in a cul de sac so not s busy road and he doesn’t like the noisy cars but he knows the sound of our car and van and soon comes running when we pull up. He is gorgeous. I love him more than my husband and he provided me comfort when we was going through a rocky patch and I kicked him out (husband not my beloved cat!). He is a talker and loves to meow for no reason – even when I do get up to follow him to see what he wants he will just sit there as if to say don’t want nothing really just to get u up – even now he meowing at 4am and wants to play. We play chase down the stairs and hide and seek and outside but outside he cheats as he goes into people’s gardens as knows I won’t go in there or under cars where I can’t get him and when I walk back across the green to the house he will come out and then chase me. He is best cat I ever known. I love him so much and always tell him so. X

    • Back in Nov 2016 I got adopted by a tabby kitten (roughly 4 months old according to the vet). He’s almost 9months now and weighs in at 10+ lbs (10 lbs @ 8months). He looked like a ticked pattern when he 1st showed up, then the mackrel stripes appeared. Now it’s more of a blend & depending on how he sits or lays you may or may not see his stripes.

      He’s got a great personality. He greats me at the door when I get home from work with lots of purring, head butts and licks. He also greats me in the morning the same way. He also will fall asleep next to me though he doesn’t stay all night.

      He too has tought me to play fetch. It started with an old shoe string that he was getting board with so I three it down the hall and he brought it back to me. Now we play with the rings off Gatorade bottles & the occasional bird ring. They make noise as it’s flicked across the floor.

      I keep getting impresed with how much he thinks, his actions show it. My sister suggested taking him for a car ride (or rather a 4 Runner) complete with things for him to lay on in the back and still be able to see out the windows. He now loves it when I get his harness out and remembers where the local kfc is (it’s the only time he tried to get in my lap while I’m driving.).

      I feel very lucky to have been adopted by Quatre (kat-tra).

    • I agree, Mackerel Tabby are Wonderful pets, I have 2 girls, they are indoor cats, and being a widow are great company, They are not just cats, they are my family and i love them, I adopted one then 4 months later got another one for company with each other, Bot are mackerel Tabby and hard to tell who is who. they look like twins but not related as far as i know. I Highly recommend this wonderful cat,Yes they sleep with me every night, and follow me around in the house

  4. I have two classic tabbies with the swirls and spots. One taught us that he played catch…the other who is more mixed looking, learned how to play catch from his brother. Both follow people around like puppies, are affectionate, and love bedtime. The more classic tabby is clumsy, is a bit lazier, and more clever. They love nip for attention or to get their point across. They have amazing personalities (as a long time cat owner, I know this is true of all cats, but these classic tabbies are just so fun and sweet).

  5. I (we) have a traditional coloured female tabby and I loved her as soon as I saw her sitting in her basket at a cat sanctuary, she was around 9 months old and very nervous. We have had her 19 months now and she has grown into a lovely settled cat companion. Cherry is affectionate in her own way but still does not sit on my knee (she may never) but will sit on the back of my big chair with me and will sleep with us on the bed occasionally snuggled into our legs. She loves her human brothers 17 and 19 and her human Dad and sits/lies with us in our sitting room in one of her beds. She loves to roam around her garden surrounding/ area and is fiercely protective of it especially when other cats enter! I love her coat and beautiful markings. She greets me at the front door when I return and jumps up and rubs her body against my leg. She is much more settled now but it took time and I was patient but it was worth it and we all love her and she is my furry daughter cat companion. My friend says that tabby cats are quite rare now . She loves her cat toys and our younger son loves to play with her which she loves. Cherry is intelligent and is very pretty. She has grown and filled out but is still a small cat.

      • Declawing a cat for any reason and should be outlawed !!! It should be illegal in all states..already is in some..it is like taking a human hand and cutting the fingers off to yhe first knuckle..extremely painful for the animal.

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  6. I have a Brown female tabby named Prupru, she just turned 1 year old on the 22nd of this month. She’s my baby, but for some reason she won’t stay in my lap if I’m not holding her if not she’ll jump off like a bat out of bell. She lets me cares her wen she feels like it or when she’s hungry. She’s also very jumpy, to the pinot that if she’s eating and I drop something she’ll run away and stop eating.. I don’t understand, I have her since she was 1 month old!!

  7. I got my tabby cat from a rescue shelter he has a real nice pattern on him. He was 6 months old when I got him. He is at times very loving and wants to be petted. But other times he can be very aggressive and wants to fight your hand. Some times he even chases you to jump at your knees which is different I would think. He is not scared of too much anything he is a real treat at most times. He is a real nasty at times too. How can I change his fighting ways..

  8. Our two tabbies (male and female brother and sister) do the same thing when they’re eating and I’m too close. They’ll leave their food and return after I’ve left the area they were in. I’ve dropped things in the past, scaring them when they were eating, so I think they’re just on guard now. Our gray tiger tabby (the female) will lie down with me on the couch and fall asleep snuggled up close, but her brother, our orange tiger tabby, never sits on my lap or snuggles close. He’ll sit next to me on the couch (a short distance away) or sit above me on the back of the couch or on the arm of the couch. He’ll lie at the foot of our bed, but rarely comes up close (except to wake me to feed him). He loves to be petted, rubbed and talked to. When I brush his coat, he just can’t get enough! He’s also a jumpy cat. Loud noises scare him and his sister. They are the most loving and beautiful pets. They’re about 10 years old now.

  9. I’ve a very mean tabby cat she only sits on my Dad she doesn’t like Woman whoever had her in the past must’ve been very abusive

  10. I have a tabby cat I adopted her over 6 months ago she’s right at 2 years and she just had her shots and and when I brought her she had had some kind of infection so he put me on an antihistamine for her and then also after bath and seem to be working anyway after the antihistamine he gave me some medicine for her eyes to put on her eye twice a day and he thinks she has allergies I’ve been continuing giving her the allergy medicine and now she’s on a what’s called a prescription diet its a food specifically made for cats that you can only get at the vet and the vet has to order it for you like for catheter you know have health issues is first allergies and things about me a picture so I came home picking ok and this is very expensive her food with 6 cans and 14 pound bag of prescription pets diet food for her was $47 her first exam that was a hundred and ten then I had to get more medicine for which was 27 so I intended already that I’m going to get insurance for her cuz you know she’s going through so much already but she never went do anything through winter months now I have another issue now that she’s overweight I don’t think she can clean herself too well and I notice a foul smell coming somewhere in the house I couldn’t figure it out I went over and I smoke my cat and I’m like no she’s fine and the one in the bedroom and I just couldn’t pinpoint it well last night I don’t know what happened but when she was coming to lay by me she the party started or something and the smell that came from behind from her but with the most followers thing file list thing I’ve ever experienced the smell is horrible and napkin so but she still has the eye infection she’s been on the medicine 7 days and on the other medicine approximately almost 3 weeks so can you give me a call what’s going on to my beautiful home hope it just breaks my heart I thank you for your patience God bless

  11. We have two tabbies. Both rescues adopted off Craigslist. One her people left her and she was living under a bush. She has adopted me and although the people who found her did not know her name and they had Siamese who were not friendly to her. She was very shy and kept running to find a safe place and since I was the one who kept trying to coax her out of her “safe” place she has adopted me. We found anothe darker tabby that the owner had died and the grandaughter was allergic to cats. Her owner had named her “Hot Lips”. We renamed both cats just by trying out names to see what they liked. The one that is mine is named “Lucy” and my husbands is named Maggie. They are definitley cats for one person. Maggie lives in the left side of house with my husband and Lucy lives in the right side. of the house. Lucy does not like Maggie. Will chase Maggie and will start a fight. I understand Lucy a little more after reading this. Each cat is very loving with us but not with each other. I do wish they got along but we sure love them anyway.

  12. I got my kitten at age 4wk old orange tabby , he’s 4 months of age now and are just just getting his permanent teeth in. He bites me but I know its because he’s teething the back molars haven’t come in fully yet. He’s wonderful kitty. Wakes me promptly m-f at 7am and on the weekends I sleep later. He initiates play all the time and just craves attention. He runs to the front door when he hears a knock and will look to see (smell) if he knows who it is before running away to a back room, I love him he’s the best kitten. He will be 5 months old Oct 2015

  13. I have a four and a half year old tabby tom. He was a rescue but has warmed up to me entirely. He is still quite feisty though, giving him a Jekyll and Hyde personality. He has a sort of black tiger pattern. He has this weird habit of when he goes to eat, he tries to bring one of us over to pet him while he’s eating.

  14. We have a gray tabby. Just got him a few days ago. I work at waffle house and my partner was leaving from eating and noticed him sitting in the parking lot. He called the cat over and he jumped into his lap and immediately started purring and snuggling up to him.. So needless to say either he adopted us or we adopted him. He on occasion will meow loudly as he walks through the house.. I believe more often than not it is when we just get home from work and my partner is in the shower. I also think he’s letting us know he missed us and is glad we’re home but that he’d rather he wasn’t in the shower.. Almost like he’s calling a family meeting to let us know he likes it when we’re here and not at work all day! He’s maybe 8 months old and I haven’t had time off work yet to get him fixed.. But at the same time has never once sprayed anywhere in the house and always uses his litter box! I’m excited to have him with us and have a new member of the family!!

  15. We have a 4 year old Tabby, who is also a “Calif. Ringtailed” cat. We’d been looking for a cat to adopt for about 6 months, & saw many nice cats, but that spark just wasn’t there. I went to an adoption event, & in a low cage, this male tabby, named “Calvin”, (who has a “mixed pattern” tabby coat), reached out of his cage, before I’d even seen him, & grabbed my arm, & began chatting me up, not letting me go! I told the people working at the event, (who were very disinterested, & busy playing cards), that I was very interested in this cat. I gave them my name & cell #, but I never heard back, so I assumed he’d been adopted. About a month later, I saw his photo in “petfinder. com”, & sent an email to the contact person, but didn’t hear from them.
    I decided to be certain he wasn’t taken, & contacted the adoption place again. As it turned out, he’d been listed with the wrong contact info! I finally got ahold of his actual foster mom, & my teenage daughter & I made an appt. to go see him. He seemed rather disinterested in us, so we played with the other 9 cats at the home. It was obvious he was the “alpha” cat in the group, & his foster mom told us he was very smart, could be kind of bossy, but very loving & affectionate, loved to play in, & drink, running water, & he could be a bit of a trouble-maker. The cats had just been started on a oral treatment for a cat illness, that takes about 7 weeks to treat, but we were happy to wait for Calvin.
    As we got up to leave, he approached my daughter, climbed up her leg, & sat on her shoulder! We both agreed right then that he was the one, & luckily, so did his foster mom, who’d had him since he was 4 days old, (rescued from the pound, right at closing time, the night before he was to be put down), & he was now 7 months old. She’d decided to keep him, if the perfect family didn’t show up, but she’d decided that we were his “perfect family”! We had 3 Border Collies,& a feral cat, who mostly stayed outside. He’d been an indoor cat, & his foster mom knew that since we had a 1/4 acre jungle of a yard, & had always had indoor/outdoor cats, we agreed to keep him inside, & try to learn to walk him on a leash, after a few months, so he could “mark his territoy”, before ever going outside. I bought him a “walking jacket”, & the 1st time I put it on him, he was ready to go, (despite how hard I’d read that teaching a cat to walk on a leash was). He’d really bonded to our 1 year old BC pup, & he’d seen dogs walking on leashes many times, & he seemed to think he was a dog too. He played ball with the dogs, chewed dog bone treats, & napped with the young BC. When she was 2, she had a litter of pups. Calvin & the pups father, were both in the whelping bed with her, & he even cuddled the newborn pups, as mom rested! It was a long, hard trial to track him down & wait to get him, but he was definitely worth the wait! He’s sleeping in his favorite spot, (on my legs), as I type this. I’d always been more of a “dog person”, until Calvin came into our lives, who we call our “Cat-Dog”!

  16. I have 6 month old tabby kitten. He sleeps a lot but sometimes plays with children just for a bit.then he sleeps again should i be concern

  17. Its my birthday soon and for my birthday i’m getting a cat, there is one in particular that i like and its a tabby, i just have always wanted a cat that will snuggle with me, and do everything with me, but not really lazy, just a lap cat but also a cat that will play, is this theright cat for me?

  18. I have an orange tabby named Charlie he’s about 2yrs I’ve had him since birth his momma surprisingly had 5 baby’s all males. Starting from the beginning Charlie was not the kitten that I picked to keep out of the liter, I had made another choice but as it turned out I was not that kittens choice lol. As a baby Charlie came to pick me as his companion and we fell in love he is my baby literally. His personality is so crazy though it’s as though he is a dog trapped in a cats body and I get no privacy what so ever. He plays fetch, chases me around the house as if were playing tag and literally pounces on you when you least expect it jumping up and grabbing you like a tiger grabs food it’s crazy sometimes out of the blue he just pounces/attacks . I do alot of crochetting and it seems everytime i start a project he has to jump in my lap and make it as difficult as possible for me to work like pet me love me you can make that blanket another day. Or he decides to take off running with my ball of yarn and runs all the way to the opposite side of the house . he is a clepto he takes money , lighters , almost anything he knows that youll b e looking for later and hides it all. OMG and shopping day i come home from food shopping and he’s automatically inside the bag laying down . Hes a very strange cat . He’s always right by me and constantly seeks my attention by rubbing his face on me or laying on me and he has a habit of always having to fluff my belly after I eat. there are a few things he’s always done but now it seems ever since I’ve been pregnant things have gotten a little annoying sorry to say I have no privacy if I use the rest room he’s there right by my side if I take a shower he actually jumps in the tub and lays down at the end of the tub until I’m done. I even wake up and find him sleeping above my head on my pillow in the morning. When i go to bed the cats follow like clock work and they know it’s bedtime.No matter where I go in the house he’s there by my side walking and when I leave he meows at the door. I wonder if some way I may have contributed to his what it seems like fear of separation disorder or if this is who he grown into I feel like I might be complaining but I’m just trying to figure out this obsessive constant need to be at my side 24/7.And I’m wondering if it’s because I’m pregnant and maybe he thinks that I will no longer have time for him or if it’s him being protective over me because he doesn’t seems to like when people come over either he’s very aggressive towards strangers coming near me. Honestly I love Charlie he’s my world he just drives me bonkers sometimes lol.

  19. I own a Tabby, she’s about a year old now, we are getting her fixed as she is peeing in areas not designated to her. She has a litter box, but she seems to pee on the side of it instead of inside it. She is temperamental and only likes affection when she wants it, you go to rub her gently while she is purring and cuddled to you, then she tends to scratch and or hiss at you. She has recently developed what can only be described as a cold sore on her bottom lip, the vet says it should go away on it’s own and was most likely caused by her rubbing the inside of her cat carrier. What I want to stop immediately is the peeing in the wrong spot. I got a Tabby as I was told they do well with other pets, we have 3 fish tanks and a boxer when we got her and although she does bat at the boxer and watch the fish, she seems to dislike the boxer.

  20. I have a tabby cat Hes a boy his name is leo he is a tabby cat ginger with green eyes I think hes a short hair tabby but hes very loving and likes a lot of people we found him in our yard and we keeped him He likes to wander around a lot. hes still a kitten hes about 6 months but hes been living with us for awhile now he still a kitten we believe.

  21. I am considering adopting a tabby I saw at the pet store in the mall (they have a deal with the local animal rescue to encourage people to adopt them). The cat (who’s name is Brenda) had a broken tail that was healed about a year ago. I can’t seem to find any information about long term effects of this injury. Also, are tabbies (tabbys?) good with children? My fiance and I want to have children after we get married and don’t want there to be known issues about that (other than personality of the individual cat). This will be our first cat together and apart. I would appreciate any information I can get about the responsibility. I don’t want to get attached and then have to take her back if a problem comes up!

  22. I just lost my tabby to bobcat fever. He was just four. He was the most loving animal i’ve ever had and I’m just crazy with grief. He impressed everone who came to our house with his gregarious nature. He loved to be with people and except when he loved playing(hunting) outside he’d always keep us in view. If you get a tabby and he’s anything like my baby was, you’ll love him like your own child. But he was a one in a million and I’d give up everything i have to bring him back to me.

  23. I have a Tabby and his name is Rocky. He will be six this year! We celebrate our birthday on the same day! He is emotionally and physically attached to me! He is my side kick and the very most loving bing cat I have ever had!! He is smart and so funny! He lives playing games and watching videos of birds!! He sleeps with me at night and is there beside me all the time!! He is my Clyde and I am his Bonnie…together we are BONNIE AND CLYDE!!

  24. I have been adopted by a female Tabby, she was a stray and had been hanging around in the works yard at the rear of our property for a couple of months, at that time she was not in a verg good state, not scruffy but thin, i took to feeding her once a day but she was extremely nervous and would only come out from under the pallets where she was living, if there were no people near, however my wife took to feeding her whilst I was away for two weeks, she then came into our yard and took up residence under the cover of my wife’s motorcycle, where she insists on sleeping every night, she is quietly very vocal and lets you know when she wants something to eat, which seems to be all the time, probably because as a stray she ate when she could, she has taken to sitting/sleeping on my lap, after a good brush and comb she has scrubbed up well and is a beautiful brown and black with no white anywhere, I do not know if she has been spayed although a cat charity person offered the advise that if she has not had any kittens after living outside and over 4 months old that before she became a stray she could have been fixed, she is still nervous around strangers and disappears to her motorcycle sanctuary when visitors come. I will eventually take her to be checked by the vet, but at the moment I think that that would be too stressful.
    Although she will quite happily lay on my lap and loves being stroked, picking her up,is something else not appreciated. How she became a stray or when I have no idea, we advertised her with picture on the relevant sites but there have been no enquiries so it looks like she is stuck with us.
    Not sure what to do as winter approaches as it will not be too warm on her chosen sleeping site I am wondering if I acquired a cat transporter and tied it to the bike saddle and insulated it if she would accept that. However that will not do as a long term solution as the bike has to be tested in a couple of weeks and after the winter has gone the bikes will once again be riden.

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