Ticked Tabby ?

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In this months favourite picture contest Norachan as shown two pictures of Heidi and Sadie who are beautiful ticked tabbies.

I've done a little surfing today to try and find out more information regarding ticked tabbies and it would appear this tabby pattern is rare in domestic short haired cats ?

These cats have been called bunny cats and hare cats and there appears to have been a ticked cat from England that as died out ?

From what I've read Abyssinian cats are ticked cats and the ones I've seen do look like a pedigree version of Sadie who belongs to Norachan.

I think these ticked cats are beautiful , if I was looking for a ticked tabby kitten , what should I be looking for in terms of coat colour and pattern ?

I can see that a fine Mackerel tabby pattern might be confused for a ticked tabby is there anything specific about this tabby pattern to look for in a kitten ?
 

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In this months favourite picture contest Norachan as shown two pictures of Heidi and Sadie who are beautiful ticked tabbies.

I've done a little surfing today to try and find out more information regarding ticked tabbies and it would appear this tabby pattern is rare in domestic short haired cats ?

These cats have been called bunny cats and hare cats and there appears to have been a ticked cat from England that as died out ?

From what I've read Abyssinian cats are ticked cats and the ones I've seen do look like a pedigree version of Sadie who belongs to Norachan.

I think these ticked cats are beautiful , if I was looking for a ticked tabby kitten , what should I be looking for in terms of coat colour and pattern ?

I can see that a fine Mackerel tabby pattern might be confused for a ticked tabby is there anything specific about this tabby pattern to look for in a kitten ?
Im no specialist on ticked tabbies, but as I understand it, they do have the M on forehead, and are ticked.     They may have some strips on the back legs. Color grayish-brownish.

So if there are more stripes on the body, its no ticked tabby.  As you say, some Abyssinians do have this colouring - sometimes they are called for  Wild colouring.  Otherwise I dont think this color is common with domestic cats, although quite common with  several wild cat species.

But now and then you can see a moggie, as there are all possible and some impossible variations with the natural cat population.

Sorry I cant give you a better answer.   You will probably yourself find ideas if you google enough.   :)

Good luck!
 

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Hi,

I've been doing a bit of reading about ticked tabbies ever since Heidi and Sadie got so many nice compliments. It seems that the colouring is a random variation of tabby, you can't be sure that a ticked tabby cat will have kittens the same colour as her.

Abyssinians are often ticked, some times a greyish colour and some times a more reddish brown coat. They have the tabby mask, M above the eyes and stripes leading out from the corners of each eye. They often have tabby stripes on their legs and tails but these stripes are quite wide. With a fine mackerel tabby I think the stripes would be fine on the legs as well as the body.

I'm sure the colouring must come up in non pedigree tabby cats quite often too.

Here's what I know about Heidi and Sadie;

Grandfather a black and white tuxedo, grandmother tabby and white.

Father a black and white tuxedo, mother dark grey tabby.

The mother had two litters before I was able to TNR her. The first two kittens were dark tabby, the same as her.

Maybe if you called around a few shelters and told them you were interested in adopting a ticked tabby kitten they would look out for one for you.
 
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Thank you both for your help . I am researching Abyssinian cats and have located a breeder in the North of England these cats have the ticked coat and the tabby M mask I am considering an Abyssinian brother for Tallulah and Tippi but need to do my homework on this breed first and also carefully consider if three cats might be to many for the size of my flat , as all three would be indoor cats apart from my small enclosed balcony space.

The girls get on great together so I don't want to upset them , this research will more than likely stay at that
 
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