Hello and Happy Friday! Oh boy, am I excited today! I have some exciting news about Tabby Cats! Did you know that April 30, 2016 is the first ever National Tabby Day? That’s right friends, it’s a day celebrating Tabby Cats. Purrsonally, I don’t know what the world was waiting for. I mean, Tabby Cats have been around for, like, a long time and we didn’t have our own day until now. Anyhoo, the important thing is that now there is a day where all living beings will celebrate our greatness!
Let me tell you a little bit about Tabbies. Just so you know, there are more than one kind. I, for one, am a Mackerel Tabby. That means I have narrow stripes that run parallel down my sides from my spine. Sort of like a fishbone. Sometimes people call us “Tiger Cats”. RAWR!! There is also the classic tabby (with bold, swirling patterns along its sides — much like a marble cake), the Spotted Tabby (with spots all over their lighter colored fur), and the Ticked or Agouti Tabby (without the traditional stripes or spots.) We do have some things in common: thin pencil lines on our faces, expressive markings around our eyes, and a distinct letter “M” on our foreheads. Some believe the “M” is for Mau, the word for “cat” in ancient Egypt. Others think the “M” stands for Mohammed, who loved tabbies. Still others believe it is the blessing of the Virgin Mary. Whatever you believe, I think it’s pretty special!
OK, now I should tell you that Tabby is not a breed! The term Tabby refers to our coat pattern. I think we should be our own breed, but that’s just my opinion. Famous tabbies include Morris, Garfield, and Lil’ Bub. (And me! MOL)
OK, onto the fun stuff! The first ever National Tabby Day is motivated by the release of Buffy the Cat’s new book, Making the most of all Nine Lives (which we'll be reviewing soon, so keep checking back.)
The festivities will be held at one of New York City’s most reputable shelters, Bideawee. Adoptions will run from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm with a special celebration from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The celebration will feature the official book launch with author Sandy Robbins, with drinks and treats for both two and four-legged attendees. Bideawee Animal Shelter is located at 410 E. 38th Street in Manhattan. If you’re in town be sure to stop by! Mommy will be there so please look for her and say hi!
Do you have a Tabby Cat? How will you be celebrating National Tabby Day?
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalTabbyDay for this event. Let's get it trending!