It may be hard to believe, but not all of my cats have been torties. The first 15 years of my life were spent with a handsome tabby named Patch, so I know how special these cats are.
Just like with tortoiseshell cats, tabbies are not a breed but a coat pattern. There are four tabby coat patterns: classic, mackerel, spotted, and ticked. Unique to all tabbies is the distinctive “M” on their forehead. One legend states that Baby Jesus wouldn’t stop crying until a cat climbed into the manger and started to purr, sending him off to sleep. And in gratitude, the Virgin Mary marked the cat’s face with the first letter of her name.
Tabbies have long been pop culture favorites. Two of the most famous cats in the world are tabbies: Morris and Garfield! Many major pet brands use both grey and orange tabbies in their brand advertising. Friskies has an Orange tabby and so does Meow Mix, Arm and Hammer cat litter and Fresh Step.
Festivities kick off at one of NYC’s most reputable shelters, Bideawee, with adoptions will running from 10 am – 6 pm and a special celebration from 12-2 p.m. Anyone adopting from the shelter on the 30th will be given a generous starter kit with items for their new pet from the event’s sponsors.
The celebration will feature the official book launch of Making the Most of All Nine Lives: The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat, who is the spokescat of National Tabby Day. Born into the body of an orange tabby, Buffy has experienced life in a way most humans never do. Making the Most of All Nine Lives documents Buffy as he hits the golf course, votes, gasses up the car and hits the road, builds a snowman, and a wide variety of many other human situations. This is without a doubt one of the most adorable cat books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Between the photography by Buffy's dad Paul Smulson (completely without digital manipulation) and the "catlish" provided by pet lifestyle expert Sandy Robins, this is a book sure to make cat lovers everywhere purr with delight. The cuteness is off the charts.
The hashtag for this special event is #NationalTabbyDay. Let's get it trending!
Have you ever been owned by a tabby?