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classy berry December 12, 2007
Do you have an unusual tabby with NO stripes on his or her body but with stripey legs and a ringed neck and tail?
If so, your cat is probably a ticked tabby. Find out more below the group discussions.

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Ticked tabbies. Get yours at
Ticked tabbies are tabby cats with no stripes or spots on their torso, just individually ticked (agouti) hairs. This is the rarest sort of tabby coat.

If you have a ticked tabby, please post a photo to this group! It's particularly nice to see photos that show the ticked torso and stripey legs that define a ticked tabby.


Ticked tabbies have the same colour varieties as other tabbies. Most are various shades of brown all over, apart from their chins:
Pepper the Cat is a lazy cat peggychueyundercar Romeu I am JoJo, JoJo Sinclair.

But they can also have patches of white (most commonly a cute bib and mittens!):
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or be buff or orange (ginger):
Catnip Sammy "Marmalade"

or be grey (left) ...or even have Siamese-type colouring (right):
Snuggled Dexter 03catgrooming-01aug2005

...or have a splendid long-haired coat:
She doesn't look like a kitten anymore...

What they all have in common are i) nothing but ticked fur on their torsos and ii) lovely stripey legs, neck and tail.


Abyssinians are a pedigree version of ticked tabbies, and are homozygous in the ticking gene. Moggie (non-pedigree) ticked tabbies are generally heterozygous and have stripes on their legs and tail, and rings round their neck. This group was designed for moggie ticked tabbies rather than purebred Abyssinians (though technically the latter are also ticked tabbies), as there is already a great group for Abys. Another lovely pedigree breed, Singapuras, are also technically ticked tabbies ...but again pics of purebred Singapuras might be better off in their own group rather than in this group.


Tabbies with stripes or spots on their torsos (however faint), such as these two below, are beautiful
...but not ticked tabbies:


Someone asked me why I didn't call this the "Abyssinian cross" group. In a nutshell, first generation Abyssinian crosses are usually ticked tabbies, but not all ticked tabbies are descended from Abyssinians.

Roger Tabor in his book "CATS: The Rise of the Cat" calls these cats agoutis. He has a picture that is captioned "A young, beautifully marked agouti cat in the streets of Bangkok responds to a passing dog with the classic posture of fear/aggression":

Anyway, in the same book Tabor writes: "Breeders eliminated the leg markings of early Abyssinians, but on the cross-breed Abyssinian it reappears. This original agouti pattern of the Abyssinian is found in Russia, giving credence to Harrison Weir's "Russian" name, although agoutis are found mainly from India to Singapore and may therefore be a south-east Asian mutation. Yet, as the agouti is dotted around the world, are these relic of a much earlier population?"

The African wildcat, from which domestic cats are descended, can have a coat similar to ticked tabbies':

(Pic of African wildcat filched from the Jan '03 issue of the BBC Wildlife magazine.)

(This African wildcat was taken from "Natural Cats" by Chris Madsen.)

To me, this suggests that maybe the ticked tabby coat gene could have always been found in the domestic cat population, and that moggies with ticked coats aren't necessarily descended from Abyssinians. Though some very beautiful ones are!

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