A few nights ago, Jeff and I decided to research what specific breed our cat – Gideon – belongs to.
He is a mostly-black cat with white paws, chest and whiskers. We’ve jokingly been calling him our “tuxedo cat,” but it turns out that’s exactly what he is…
A tuxedo cat (as they are called in North America) is another name for a bicolour cat, which is basically any type of domestic long-haired or short-haired cat that has a mix of more than one colour in their coat. In the case of a tuxedo cat, they are usually all black with some white mixed in (like on the paws, chest and face).
What I found interesting – and the reason why I feel this topic is blog-worthy – is that there are a lot of interesting facts out there about tuxedo cats. Here are my favourites*:
Many people claim that tuxedo cats are smarter than other cats, and also more aware of their surroundings. This is difficult to prove, of course, but it is a common perception associated with them.
Apparently William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton and Beethoven all owned tuxedo cats. So did Chelsea Clinton.
Over 70 per cent of cats depicted on Egyptian tombs are tuxedo cats.
A tuxedo cat named Roderick is the only feline to climb Mount Everest.
NASA is making plans to allow a tuxedo cat to be the first pet on the moon (and studies show they would also be a great candidate for a mission to Mars).
Tuxedo cats are the best swimmers in the feline family, but they will shun forever any human who puts them in water.
In short, tuxedo cats are clearly the superior of all cats.
I suppose it makes sense that Jeff and I adopted Gideon, as his ancestors include companions to writers and academics as well as Egyptian gods and explorers. We both like to think we’re fairly smart people, so it’s nice to know our feline friend is a smarty-pants too!
*Please note that all of the “facts” mentioned above are completely tongue-in-cheek and likely not true at all.