Last Updated on July 31, 2021 by Fumipets
Tuxedo cats are characterized by their bi-coloured coats, which resemble miniature tuxedos. Although many tuxedo cats have black and white coats, they may also have grey, silver, orange, or even tortoiseshell with white spots. Tuxedo cats, however, are known for much more than their beautiful looks.
A tuxedo cat, for example, was the world’s wealthiest cat. Other tuxedo cats have visited the White House, the summit of Mount Everest, and the battlefield. Yes, this is true!
1. Tuxedo Cats Are Actually Piebald
Tuxedo cats aren’t a specific breed. Rather, the distinctive, bi-coloured (also known as piebald) patterns on their coats that resemble tuxedos give them their name.
Tuxedo cats don’t have to be black and white, as we previously said. Their coats may be short, shaggy, long, or silky, depending on the breed, such as Maine Coon, Turkish Angora, American Shorthair, or British Shorthair.
2. Tuxedo Cats’ Genetics Cause Their Coat Variations
Tuxedo cats, like calico and tortoiseshell cats, have stylish duds—err, coats—thanks to their genetics.
Long thought to be the result of “slow” or “sluggish” pigment cells that couldn’t reach all parts of the kitty embryo before it was fully formed, their bi-coloured coats were thought to be the result of “slow” or “sluggish” pigment cells that couldn’t reach all parts of the kitty embryo before it was fully formed.
A more recent idea, on the other hand, may simply disprove this long-held belief. Pigment cells migrate and proliferate at random throughout embryonic development, according to researchers, and they don’t follow any specific genetic instructions for coat colour.
Although calico, tortoiseshell, and tuxedo cats have some genetic similarities that determine their markings, there is one significant difference: most calico and tortoiseshell cats are female (due to the same genetic information that determines their coat colours), but tuxedo cats have an equal number of males and females.
3. Ancient Egyptians worshipped tuxedo cats
Cats were adored and worshipped as gods by the ancient Egyptians, as is conventionally known. Several Egyptian deities were portrayed as cats, in reality.
Cats appeared often in royal tombs, goldsmithing, and hieroglyphics as a result of this. But did you know that tuxedo cats made up about 70% of the cats portrayed in these ancient tombs and works of art? Tuxies were, in fact, the most often portrayed (and revered) cats in ancient Egypt.
4. Tuxedo Cats Grow Up Quickly and Are Extremely Intelligent
There are a few theories as to why tuxedo cats are so famous (more on that later). One of the most plausible reasons is that tuxedo cats mature very fast and are regarded as feline geniuses. Because it takes most cats one to two weeks after birth to open their eyes. But what about Tuxies that are just born? They are the only cats who open their eyes a full 24 hours before any other species of cat. Many individuals also think that tuxedo cats are three times smarter than ordinary cats. It’s unclear whether this is the exclusive viewpoint of tuxedo cat owners.
5. Tuxedo Cats May Possess Magical Abilities…
Tuxedo cats are believed to become almost invisible at the vernal or diurnal equinox owing to the colours of their coats. Some people think this occurrence is evidence of Tuxies’ magical abilities, despite the science of light and shadow!
6. Tuxedo Cats Have a Place in History
There are a number of tuxedo cats with some significant historical credentials, believe it or not:
- Shakespeare, Beethoven, and Sir Isaac Newton were all known to have tuxedo cats as pets. Who knows how far these cats influenced creative and scientific progress?
- Famous cats in pop culture, such as Sylvester from Looney Tunes, the Cat in the Hat (from Dr. Seuss), and Mr. Mistoffelees from the Broadway musical Cats, all wore tuxedos.
- Tuxedo Stan, a tuxedo cat from Halifax, Canada, campaigned for mayor of his fair city in 2012. Tuxedo Stan was the first—and only—cat to ever run for political office, even if he didn’t win.
7. The World’s Wealthiest Cat Is a Tuxedo Cat
When his owner died in 1998, a tuxedo cat called Sparky received a staggering 6.3 million dollars, making him much wealthier than any other cat or human being.
8. Tuxedo Cats Have Gone Where No Kitty Has Gone Before
With their rapid growth and sharp minds, it’s no surprise that tuxedo cats have gone to areas where no other cat has gone before:
- Only one cat has ever reached the summit of Mount Everest, and he was a tuxedo cat. Of course, he was carried by his human, but it’s still quite amazing, right?
- During World War II, a tuxedo cat called Simon served in the military and was awarded a medal for his efforts. What was his contribution to the Allies? By preventing pests and mice from contaminating British food supply.
- Yes, there was a tuxedo cat in the White House. During his time as President of the United States, Bill Clinton owned a Tuxie as a pet.
Where do tuxedo cats go from here? Possibly from another planet! According to rumours, NASA wants a tuxedo to be the first cat to walk on the moon.😂