the maine coon tuxedo – the james bond of cats
since the success of james bond, the tuxedo is considered a symbol of being suave and elegant.
while men may walk around trying to emulate the symbolism, there are cats that are trying to steal the show from them.
cats and even maine coons have their own version.
and designed from nature to boot.
Turns out, Maine Coons can rock their own version of smooth and sleek.
what is a tuxedo maine coon cat?
A tuxedo maine coon has a bi-color coat that is black and white. the visual contrast of the colors gives the appearance of formal wear for men. although the recognized pattern is not necessary to be labeled a tuxedo, the black body while the chest is white gives the cat its nickname.
There are other bi-color Maine Coons, such as ginger and white, or gray and white, but the tuxedo Maine Coon is specifically black and white.
or should be.
what is a tuxedo cat?
however, the term is somewhat ambiguous and there is no clear definition.
A tuxedo cat is believed to be black and white in any pattern.
it is believed that the pure contrast between colors without blending is more like a tuxedo.
however, a distinctive white patch on the chest, presumably representing the formal shirt, with a solid color similar to black, may also be called a “tuxedo cat”.
as long as a cat has black or white colors, or shows the white chest aspect, they appear to be labeled as tuxedo cats.
the white area on the chest is sometimes called ‘the bib’ and if the cat has white paws it is said to be wearing ‘white boots’.
You might be thinking that a tuxedo cat is only for male cats, but the pattern can occur in females as well, so females can be tuxedo cats, too.
even though a tuxedo is men’s formal wear.
There are some variations, such as “the mask” which looks like a masquerade ball if the cat has a white stripe around the eyes.
can a maine coon be a tuxedo cat?
a maine coon can absolutely be a tuxedo cat.
black and white are two colors that can be seen in the maine coon breed quite often.
many maine coons may also display the “bib” associated with a tuxedo cat.
As Maine Coons are a popular breed and make up a good portion of the cat population, there is good reason to believe that Tuxedo Maine Coons are more common than other breeds.
What’s interesting is that a Maine Coon with a recognizable tuxedo pattern is more likely to have green eyes.
green eyes can also have blue or gold tones.
the origins of tuxedo cats
Maine Coon cats may also display a tuxedo pattern.
It turns out that the genes of tuxedo cats are black.
they have genes, which may or may not trigger white spots.
These genes can mask the color black in designated areas of the coat.
a cat’s spotting is a measure of its level of white fur, with 1 being the least amount and 10 being the most.
Tuxedo cats are classified in grades one through four.
the higher the number, the whiter it looks.
a black cat classified as 1 would have very few white markings on the coat.
Tuxedo cats can also be found in cartoons and entertainment, some dating back a few decades.
during the silent era of the early 20th century, pat sullivan and otto messmer created the cartoon character ‘felix the cat‘.
felix is recognized for his appearance in children’s cartoons.
All black felix has a white chin and big eyes.
there’s also sylvester the cat of looney tunes fame.
sylvester has a white underside; its legs and tail are mostly white, with a white tail at the tip.
bill clinton during his time in the white house had a cat with a rather apt name called socks.
the best example of a tuxedo cat is one called ‘sparky’.
Sparky was credited as the richest cat in history when he inherited over $6 million from his owner.
maybe it was his tuxedo.
what causes the tuxedo look in a maine coon?
like any animal, a newborn maine coon kitten will inherit its parents’ genetics.
if the parents have the right genes, then a newborn kitten can be born with black fur and white markings.
the chest, face, and feet appear to be areas where the fur may be white.
solid black color and white fur genes have the potential for a tuxedo maine coon kitten.
although cat traits such as calico, tortoiseshell, and tuxedo share some genetic similarities that determine their markings, there is an obvious difference between these genetic traits.
if a Maine Coon is calico or tortoiseshell, it has a good chance of being female.
a maine coon turtle is 99.6% female.
for every male calico maine coon there will be 3000 females.
male Maine Coons that are tortoiseshell or calico are incredibly rare.
A maine coon in a tuxedo has the same chance of being male or female.
are maine coon tuxedo cats weird?
although tuxedo Maine Coons have a distinct appearance, they are not particularly rare.
visiting the various local breeders will bring a few at a time.
if you can’t find one right away, it’s not because it’s hard to find or rare.
oddly, black cats can scare away the superstitious, so many people don’t actually want a black cat, so if you want a tuxedo maine coon, you’re in luck.
studies have shown that a cat with tuxedo markings spends longer in shelters, rescue centers and catteries.
Tuxedo Maine Coons can be found all over the world, so if you want a particular one, it shouldn’t be hard to find.
are tuxedo maine coons different from other color patterns
the maine coon’s tuxedo appearance only affects physical appearance.
It is not known where tuxedo cats of any breed differ significantly from their breed traits due to their fur.
its personality, temperament and characteristics will be the same as those of any other cat of the breed.
no known health issues
Like any other cat of the breed, Tuxedo Maine Coons are just as healthy and have the same life expectancy.
isaac newton had a tuxedo cat, so they certainly have a history with smart people.
a tuxedo maine coon will still be susceptible to hip dysplasia, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, spinal muscular atrophy, and polycystic kidney disease (pkd).
they will still follow you, they will be very friendly and loyal.
like all other maine coons.
the tuxedo effect doesn’t make them any different from other Maine Coons, it’s just that some people think they look better in a tuxedo.
If you’re looking to buy a Maine Coon, you should get one that looks the best for you, regardless of coat color or pattern.
a tuxedo maine coon will be a nice cat to have, and they’re not rare, so if you prefer the look, they’ll be easy to find.
and who wouldn’t want a maine coon that looks like james bond.