Tuxedo cats are not a breed but a color pattern that may occur in almost any type of domestic cat.
The effect is of a cat wearing formal attire and is really pretty cute.
Tuxedos can have white on the face and the tip of the tail as well, but the main requirement is black body, white chest and white paws.
Occasionally a tuxedo cat will have the ultimate accompaniment to their fancy attire in the form of a mustache. That Clark Gable look is very hard to resist.
The rarest of tuxedo cats sport a black patch on the white chest that resembles a bowtie. These cats are referred to as “black ties” and are considered to be lucky in bringing wealth to their household.
Tuxedo cats are sometimes referred to as “Jellicle cats” from the T.S. Elliot poem ”The Song of the Jellicles” from his unusual book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”
In the original book written in 1930, T.S. Elliot describes Jellicle Cats as black and white, but in the popular Broadway musical “Cats” based on the book, the Jellicles come in an assortment of colors.
Yet, T.S. Elliot was probably right, formal attire seems so apropos for a night at the theater…
PERSONALITY OF TUXEDO CATS
Tuxedo cat fans will tell you that cats with this color pattern tend to be relaxed, happy, and dog-like in personality. Their reputation suggests they possess superior intelligence and an outgoing, often quite vocal personality. Remember Sylvester the Cat? He was a tuxedo of course!
But remember, the Tuxedo Cat is not a breed. The word “tuxedo” describes a color pattern that may occur among any number of breeds of purebred cats, and of course, among mixed breeds and un-registered house cats as well. The tuxedo color does appear in some particular breeds quite often, though.
So, if you love the color pattern, and want to have some idea of the likely size, temperament, and genetic tendencies your new kitten may have, consider these: The Manx cat, the Scottish Fold cat, the American short hair and British short hair cats, the Oriental short hair cat, the Siberian cat, the Exotic short hair cat, and the Persian cat.
Even exotic breeds like the LaPerm cat, the Munchkin cat, American curl, the Sphynx cat and the Devon rex cats have tuxedo colored individuals on a regular basis, so with a little effort, you could find a cat that is not only a perfect fit for you, but also your favorite color!
Adorable in their fancy attire, tuxedo kittens are born with their perfect markings already in place.
Like adult tuxedos, these kittens tend to be friendly and out-going and may wander less than other types of kittens, being somewhat laid-back.
Kitten-proofing is always recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing any kitten. High furniture should be off limits, caution should be taken when holding these wriggly little youngsters, particularly when carrying them across hard wood or tile floors, and spaces under counters and doors should be blocked off in case they have the urge to explore.
In appearance, the Tuxedo kitten is basically a miniature adult. They tend to grow at an average rate and reach mature height at about 6 months, filling out and maturing to full size and weight at about one year old.
Because they may be any of dozens of pure-bred cats, there are many to choose from, and tuxedo kittens are also regularly available for adoption at local shelters..
WHAT IS A TUXEDO CAT?
A Tuxedo cat is any domestic cat that has a solid black body with white paws, a white underbelly and a white chest, like this beautiful youngster…
A black mark on the chest means the kitty to the left is a rare “black tie”
Even if the markings are less precise, there is still kind of a formal, fancy-pants look to a Tuxedo cat. Note the swagger on this handsome guy….his white face is called a “mask”
Add a mustache and you have the ultimate Tuxedo cat, and, of course, when it comes to moustaches on cats you have the choice of
white face/black moustache….
or the even more dashing black face/white moustache affair…
A FEW MORE TUXEDO CAT FACTS
- A cat must be black with white chest and paws in order to be considered a “tuxedo”
- Sometimes, if the white markings are just so, a grey cat can earn the title too…
- Tuxedo coloration can be found in many breeds of cats including Persians.
- Former President Bill Clinton had a famous tuxedo cat named “Socks”
- Sylvester the cartoon cat regularly thwarted by Tweety Bird was a Tuxedo Cat
- Felix the cat too…
- And Dr Suess’ famous “Cat in the Hat”
- And our own Professor F.E.Line of course!
- Mustache type markings on cats are sometimes called”Kitlers”!