Everything You Should Know About Tuxedo Cats

by Felesha Scott

Tuxedo cats got their names due to their formal elegance and a beautiful combination of white fur and solid black coat. The white fur covers the chest, throat, belly, and paws.

The white and the stark black markings make the tuxies resemble the formal wear of men. Moreover, the delighting presence of a black mustache adds dashing charm to some tuxedos.

Tuxedo cat looking right

Tuxedo cats usually wear a furry bowtie commonly called “black ties,” making these cats perhaps the most handsome among all cats.

People generally perceive this charming cat as a symbol of good fortune and lucky charm, particularly about wealth! So why not bring one if you want to be rich and wealthy. In this blog, we will tell you about everything you need to know about this charming cat.

Is Tuxedo A Breed?

The answer is No. Why so? So, as I described earlier, they get their name from the color pattern they have. Besides white and black markings, tuxies can also have a ginger color and may also have a reverse color pattern that is black at the bottom and white on the top. Tuxedo is not a breed of cat; it’s a pattern of color.

Tuxedo cat laying on floor

The distinct, bicolor marking is also called piebald, and it resembles Tuxedos.  Other breeds can have tuxedo patterns like Persian breed, American shorthair, Scottish folds, Manx, Norwegian forest cats, and many others.

So nearly any breed that has not a definitive coat color can be a tuxedo. So, what could be the cause of these bi-color coats in these cats? Scroll below to know the facts:

Genetics Is The Cause For Coat Variation

Like the tortoiseshell and calico’s, Tuxedo cats have their dapper coats, thankfully because of their genetics.

For a long time, people believed that this bi-colored pattern in tuxedo cats is due to sluggish pigment cells that remained unable to reach the embryos’ whole body before its complete formation.

Tuxedo cat looking through window

However, this long-accepted hypothesis has recently been debunked by another theory. Now researchers believe that these cells grow rapidly during the early developmental stages_ but they don’t follow a piece of particular genetic information regarding the coat color.

The most common color patterns of tuxedo cats are:

  • Van pattern: generally white coat but only the tail and head have black markings.
  • Cow pattern: Predominantly white cats with patches and black spots on the torso.
  • Locket pattern: generally black with white patches on the tummy or chest.
  • Mask and mantle pattern: the top of the body is black, while the underside is white.

The personality of Tuxedo cats

These guards are highly intelligent, extremely active, and have a very friendly nature. They usually enjoy using loud vocalizations to communicate. Tuxedos are less vocal than Siamese cats but more when compared to the Persian breed.

Tuxedo cat looking at camera

These cats are affectionate and smart, and they enjoy the company of their owner and cuddle in their lap. Because they have a friendly nature, they quickly get along with other pets in the home. Like dogs, they can also follow you around your house.

Due to their smart and intelligent nature, tuxedos had been owned by many famous personalities such as Beethoven and William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton. Who knows, they got the intelligence from their so famous scientist owners.

Some Facts Related To The History Of Tuxedo Cats

Ancient Egyptians worship cats as dogs. Egyptians were highly revered and even depicted their Goddesses as cats.  For this reason, cats were a part of some important places like royal tombs, hieroglyphics, and goldsmithing. But the fact worthy of mentioning here is that 70 percent of these cats were tuxedo cats.

Tuxedo cat inside shopping bag

Other Facts About The Tuxedo Cats:

  • Tuxedo cats can be female or male.
  • As tuxedos can be from any breed, so is their variation in their sizes. They can weigh from 6 to 16 pounds. They can be either longhaired or shorthaired.
  • Most tuxedo cats have green eyes, which shows that the genes involved in giving them the tuxedo pattern are also connected to their eyes’ green color. Their green-colored eyes stand out when they are black-faced especially.
Tuxedo cat laying on the bed
  •  Tuxedos usually have long life spans; they can live as long as 15 years of age- especially if they reside as pets.
  • Some famous historically presented cats from fiction were the tuxedos. To name a few, these were; Felix, Dr. Suess’ the cat in the hat, and from the looney tunes was the Sylvester cat.

Now, as you know about the tuxedo cats and planning to bring one to your home, you need to take care of them in the best way. In the coming section, we will discuss a few key points essential for a tuxedo cat breed ownership.

Tuxedo Cats Health Problems

Potential health issues among Tuxedo vary as they come from different breeds. However, some conditions are common to all felines. Cancer is the top list holder for older cats, so pay keen observation if you see any lumps or skin issues. One of the most common cancers in cats is lymphoma.

Tuxedo cat outside

The second important health issue is diabetes. Cats that are overweight, older, and usually males are more prone to get diabetes.

When cats fight, they can contract the Feline Immunodeficiency virus from each other.  So ensure there is no threatening feline in the surrounding of your Tuxedo.

Tuxedo cat laying inside play house

Feline leukemia virus causes immune system damage making the cats more prone to other diseases like blood cancer. It would be best if you vaccinated your cat to avoid the risks.

To make your cat live a healthy, long life, ensure a balanced, high-quality diet, keep your furry friend active, provide plenty of exercise and rest. Keep a regular check on your buddy’s health; you can ensure it through regular check-ups from a vet.

Lifespan Of Tuxedo Cats

The lifespan of tuxedos depends on the breed of cat. Generally, cats that are kept indoors live about 17 years or even older. While the lifespan of outdoor cats on average is three to five years.

Feeding Your Tuxedo Cat

Feeding advice for your tuxedo cat depends on the type of breed you have. But as a rule of thumb for all felines, you have to choose between dry and wet food types. Sometimes you can offer a combination of both.

Another great option is the use of raw food diet, but you need to be careful that the nutritional balance you are providing your feline is correct. If you are not sure about it, it is always better to discuss it with a veterinary nutritionist.

Tuxedo cat laying on couch

Remember, there is always a certain degree of diet that varies depending upon your cat’s age, activity levels, metabolic rate, etc., so ensure to bring that food that fulfills this criterion.  

Felines can not eat a vegetarian diet, so include meat in the food. For healthy body functions, meat serves as an essential protein source.

Tuxedo cat laying on grass

Always check on the quantity of food; if the food intake is excessive, it can cause obesity and other health issues in your feline. Also, don’t cut on the food that much so that the cat becomes underweight and weak.

Provide access to fresh, clean water all the time to your feline to quench their thirst. Especially for those cats that are on a dry food diet as their food is deficient in moisture.

Care For Your Tuxedo Cat

Looking after tuxedos takes the same attention as other felines do. At a very young age of the cat, make sure you spay or neuter her/him. It helps to avoid future issues of aggression, unwanted litters, and marking territories.

IF you live in an apartment, it would be a sensible approach to keep your cat indoors. Contrarily, if you reside in a suburban part of the area, allowing the cat to go outside would be fine.

Tuxedo cats laying on bed

Outdoor movement makes the cats active, allow them to exercise opportunities, and stimulates their mental health. On the other hand, if your cat is an indoor resident, it can be harder for you to come up for their playtime sessions.

A common problem with the outdoor cats is their unwanted hunting of wildlife and bringing surprise “presents” home. To avoid that, restrict their movement during high wildlife activity times- in particular dawn and dusk. You can use a quick-release collar that will warn the wildlife that a predator is on its way.

Grooming Your Tuxedo Cat

To keep your cat in good condition, you must work on their grooming needs. As some tuxedo cats can be long-haired or short-haired, so looking after the coat also depends on the length.

Tuxedo cat on back laying on grass

Their color pattern does not make them have special treatment from you; they have the usual care and attention needs that any other cat does possess. To prevent your cat from having hairballs and hair matting, regular brushing of hair is the key.

Your life would be easier if you make regular brushing a practice as in this way you will be able to save your time and energy to comb the matted hair of your cat or taking her to the professional groomer to solve the problem. Regular brushing keeps the coat shiny and full of luster.

Tuxedo cat looking away

In addition to regular brushing, trim the nails regularly. To help the Tuxedo’s work, their natural impulses provide them a scratching post. Holistically brush your cat’s teeth.

This is a task that most people avoid doing as pet owners, but you need to place it at the top of the to-do list. It will help your cat prevent diseases of gums and periodontal diseases. Remember, don’t use the toothpaste used for humans; only use specially manufactured cat toothpaste and brushes.

Where Can You Buy or Adopt A Tuxedo Cat?

It is not at all difficult to find a tuxedo cat. Tuxedos though unique in their beauty, but are by no means rare. You can find tuxedos easily at your local animal shelter.

Tuxedos are commonly found around the globe. Both British and American shelters have plenty of them ready for adoption.

Tuxedo cat laying on window

The price varies depending on the breed of a tuxedo cat. The Norwegian forest cat costs $600-$3000, Himalayan cat $500-$1300, and Maine Coon $600-$1500, all of these are tuxedos, and the variation is due to the breed difference.

Tuxedos have been famous cats for decades, and it looks like they are going to stay here for many coming decades. While these beautiful cats are available at many shelters, adopting one would be a great act of kindness. So, what are you waiting for? Have one and have fun.

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