Furry Friday: Tabby issues

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 11:25 14/02/2014

Sometime in the distant past, evolution came up with the tabby pattern. Evolution was trying, in its disinterested way, to find a design that would camouflage a feline well in most settings where a small predator would need it. There may have been early, failed attempts - tail feathers, sequins, that kind of thing - but those tabby markings were a hit, and stayed for the long haul.

Now we have the tabby pattern in all kinds of colours and combinations, and its chief evolutionary value is to make us humans go squishy at those that are thus liveried.

A second advantage to tabbiness is how well it stands out against most bed linen. Take Princess, for example.  

Princess

Daisy is a soft swirl of stripes.

Daisy

Maggie brings some pure white to the table.

Maggie

Mia has her initial inscribed on her forehead. Also, she can say her name quite accurately.

Mia

Handsome Hendrix is no doubt named for someone's hero.

Hendrix

RIP Doyle, you big softie.

Doyle

Shelby's ears have the safety catch off.

Shelby

Scruffy has a Maine Coon-type mane.

Scruffy

This is my Merrick, one of those tabbies with a broad black centre strip running down the spine - and constantly shedding into the carpet.

My Merrick

The clear eyes of Chopper.

Chopper

Austin is 12 - old enough to have gathered a few memorial notches on his ears.

Austin

Coruba has had some health battles but is a doughty fighter.

Coruba

Baz rocks the braceleted look.

Baz

Carter tries to blend into the background.

Carter

Meet Prozac Mothcatcher Speightsbox McSpike, whose eyes are chair-coloured.

Roselyn's cat

Introducing another beautiful Merrick - newly adopted by reader Gigi and named for my own Merrick (above). Which makes me, I don't know, his godfather?

Gigi's Merrick

Evidence that tabbies don't just sit around looking pretty: Lou (well named) makes a pack of toilet paper much less useful than it was.

Lou

Jasper sits for his portrait.

Jasper

Oh Billy, please, not in the fridge...

Billy

Going postal, in a peaceful way.

Heather's cat

Miranda Purr toys with your affections.

Miranda Purr

Sancho has all he needs.

Sancho

Wilson gets playful during the bed-making. Cute, but those claws can play havoc with the thread-count.

Wilson

Molly's nose is like a Tao symbol.

Molly

Pushkin dreams of flying. And being a vampire.

Pushkin

Turn that sun off, says Lisbeth.

Lisbeth

Bilko finds the camera app.

Bilko

Zeus paps himself.

Zeus

Kit wrestles with the focus control.

ZKit

A heap of sweet: sisters Bella and Lucy.

Sam and Milo

A pile of adorable: Sam and Milo.

Sam and Lucy

Finally, a mound of cute: Missy Moo gets to know her new tabby friend. 

Missy Moo and Tabby

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