Tuxedo Cat: Characteristics, Care, and Breed Profile

Tuxedo cats have a striking black-and-white bicolor pattern that is reminiscent of men's formal attire. The tuxedo pattern can appear on some purebred cats as well as cats of mixed breeds. 

A tuxedo cat can be any piebald variation of black and white, but the most stunning varieties include a black body with white paws and chest. A black patch near the throat might occasionally resemble a bow tie.

There are numerous cat breeds that might have the tuxedo coloration pattern. The tuxedo design takes its name from the formal dress worn by men in human society. 

There is nothing more dramatic than seeing a "tuxie," as they are known, adorned in its nicest bib and tucker. Additionally, some tuxedos feature "spats," or white footwear. 

The word "spatterdash," which refers to a form of covering that goes over the instep and ankle area of some shoes, is where this name originates.

Cats have color genes that, when combined, can result in the tuxedo pattern. The genetic makeup of tuxedo cats is black. 

Additionally, they carry the white spotting gene, which covers portion of the body's black spots. It accomplishes this by inhibiting the migration of the melanocytes responsible for coloring certain regions.

There are ten levels of white spotting produced by the spotting gene. Tuxedo cats are classified as low-level from 1 to 4. Less white is seen the lower the number.

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