Felis Catus - Mackerel Tabby Cat  by © Sophie W. Smith

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The English term “tabby” comes from the 1630s, “striped silk taffeta,” from the French “tabis,” meaning “a rich, watered silk (originally striped),” from Middle French atabis (14c.), from Arabic attabiya, from Attabiy, a neighborhood of Baghdad where such cloth was first made, named for Prince ’Attab of the Omayyad dynasty. The term tabby cat, "one with a striped coat:, is attested from 1690s; shortened form tabby first attested 1774. Sense of “female cat” (1826) may be influenced by the fem. proper name Tabby, a pet form of Tabitha, which was used in late 18c. as slang for “difficult old woman.” Read more

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  • Heather King
    Heather Kingalmost 2 years ago

    gorgeous black and white!
    I love tabby cats, have only owned tabby cats….

  • Well, there are 3 of them in our neighborhood. They are sisters and were rescued from the used tire place few blocks away.

    – © Sophie W. Smith

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingalmost 2 years ago

    awe, i’m so so so happy to hear that 3 of them, sisters, were rescued from a used tire place near you:) bless their beautiful hearts

  • :o) I wish they have a real home. Only one of them will let me pet her. I call them all “Little Tires”.

    – © Sophie W. Smith

  • PatChristensen
    PatChristensenover 1 year ago

    A lovely capture I see the tip of an ear gone I assume due to cold weather? Love the look you are getting :)Pat

  • Thank you so much. Clipped ear is the sign that this stray cat was fetched, fixed and released again. So if somebody think she is not fixed, by this clipped ear they will know. It is a practice here on Long Island. This cat belongs to nobody, I see her in my street.

    – © Sophie W. Smith

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