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I had the wonderful pleasure of caring of Mackerel while I was a nurse at Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care hospital in Newington (VECC). He was an extraordinary cat and I loved him dearly. He was and still is one of my favorite patients. I know how much you loved him and what an important part of your family he was. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
The classic tabby markings are comprised of a mixture of light and dark banded hairs and black hairs. The black hairs are clustered together in patches or apparent stripes to create the tabby pattern. In the Mackerel Tabby, the resulting pattern is of dark stripes on a lighter background. The stripes are long, thin, mostly vertical, and moderately curved. They often break into short bars or stripes on the sides and stomach of the cat.
Domestic Shorthair cat .. Brown mackerel tabby DSH
Male Mackerel Tabby Cat by CalistaZ
The cat fancy recognises four basic types of tabby (ticked, mackerel, classic, spotted) with breed-specific variations on each of these types. For example the "marbled tabby" seen in Bengals is a variation on the "classic tabby". Nature isn't so restricted in its patterns and there are numerous variations found in random-bred cats and emerging breeds (particuarly those with hybrid ancestry) that aren't recognised by the cat fancy. So as well as the cat fancy definitions, I've covered as many variations as I can and there are no doubt many more out there! Both the mackerel tabby and the classic tabby have stripes and bars on the legs and tail and the classic "M" (or fleur-de-lys) marking on the forehead and the belly is usually spotted. The background colour is an agouti pattern, meaning that each individual hair has several bands of colour along its length. The foreground colour is the solid colour (non-agouti) of the markings. The tabby pattern occurs in various colours where the markings are a darker version of the background colour. There are also versions where the markings occur on a silvery (grey) background colour. It can also be mixed with the tortoiseshell pattern to produced torbies or patched tabbies. In Britain, the classic brown/black tabby is most common especially in towns, to the point of being considered the quintessential "British Cat". Because the classic pattern is recessive to mackerel tabby, classic tabbies breed true for that pattern. Their bold blotched markings are considered to be more attractive or desirable than the mackerel tabby. Meanwhile, the typical Australian domestic pattern is described as neither truly spotted nor striped, but having a pattern broken into bars. This can be seen in feral cats which have reverted to a wilder-looking mackerel tabby pattern that may offer them better camouflage. Meanwhile, in the California Toyger breed, the mackerel tabby pattern has been selectively refined into a more tiger-like pattern of thin but solid stripes (sometimes called candle-flames) which do not break up, while in red self Persians, the classic tabby pattern has been refined to coalesce and to mask the background colour as far as possible in order to create the illusion of a "solid red" cat.