Tabby Cat

Category: Dogs & Cats

The tabby cat is a small to medium breed of domesticated cat. If you have owned a pet cat or know someone that has, chances are that the cat in question is a tabby cat. The tabby cat is a great companion for those who live in a variety of spaces, from small apartments to large estates.

Tabby Cat

Tabby Cat

Gray Tabby Cat (Mackerel Pattern)

Gray Tabby Cat (Mackerel Pattern)

Scientific & Common Names

The tabby cat's scientific name is Felis catus. The common name for this cat is simply the tabby cat, striped cat, common house cat or grey tiger.


The tabby cat comes in small or medium sizes. The tabby cat can be a couple of pounds, or it can weigh up to 20 pounds, depending upon genetics. The tabby cat is easily recognized by its coat. There are four or five different tabby cat patterns; each is signified by its stripes, lines and swirling patterns.


The tabby cat is a very quick and very prolific breeder. This cat reaches sexual maturity between five and ten months of age. The tabby cat can have many litters of kittens per year, and each litter produces between three and seven kittens. The gestational period for the tabby cat is only 64 to 67 days. As a result, it is imperative to have your cat spayed or neutered to control the homeless cat population.


The tabby cat's personality is varied. Some tabby cats are stand-offish and prefer to have humans serve their basic needs and then leave them be. Other tabby cats like to be with their humans at all times, snuggling and playing. Many tabby cats enjoy a few hours laying in a sunny spot in a window each day. The tabby cat does not require a lot of exercise.


The tabby cat's name was coined sometime around 1690; the breed was first documented sometime around 1826.

Present Status

The tabby cat is one of the most popular and most prolific breeds of domestic cats. Chances are, you can go to your local animal shelter and find several of these loving cats. The tabby cat is not an endangered or sensitive species at this time.