Tuxedo cats are known as bicolor or piebald cats. They’re distinguishable by their white fur combined with another color, such as black.
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Tuxedo cat information
The following is an overview of tuxedo cats:
- Lifespan: 12 to 20 years.
- Weight: 6 to 16 pounds.
- Length: The average is 18 inches without the tail.
- Tail length: 12 inches.
- Colors: Black, orange, grey, or silver with patches of white.
- Other names: Bicolor cat, piebald cat, Julius cat, Felix cat, and cow cat.
Personality and characteristics
A tuxedo cat isn’t a breed. Instead, it’s a coat pattern. Usually, they have green or gold eyes and white whiskers.
Each cat has a unique personality. However, tuxedo cats are known to be loyal, talkative, active, intelligent, and playful.
While there aren’t specific health issues that occur in tuxedo cats, they’re just as susceptible to health problems as other cats.
Diabetes, kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, urinary tract infection, and respiratory issues are common among cats.
If you notice a change in your cat’s behavior, contact your veterinarian to see what’s going on.
Caring for a tuxedo cat is the same as any other cat. Brush your cat’s coat to reduce clumps and hairballs.
It’s also important to provide your cat with a scratching post. Otherwise, your carpet, couch, or bed will become the scratching post.
Also, be sure to trim their nails every couple of weeks.
The following are fun facts that make tuxedo cats unique:
- They open their eyes 24 hours before other cats.
- They were worshipped in ancient Egypt because they brought good luck and fortune.
- Beethoven, Shakespeare, and Sir Isaac Newton had tuxedo cats.
- Simon, a tuxedo cat who served on the Royal Navy, earned the PDSA’s Dickin Medal after surviving injuries and killing rats that were eating the food supply.
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