Who doesn’t love a cat that looks like its always ready for a black tie event? Tuxedo cats are (obviously) known for their bi-colored, or piebald, markings on their coats.
But there’s plenty more to these dapper kitties than meets the eye. Did you know that they aren’t always black and white? Or that a tuxie was the richest cat in the world?
Read on for some interesting facts about these two-toned cuties.
Tuxedo cats aren’t actually a particular breed. We often think of American Shorthair cats with tuxedo markings, but they get their coat variations from genetics and it can occur across a variety of breeds. That means that a Maine Coon, Turkish Angora, or even a British Shorthair could wind up with these markings. You could have a long-haired tuxie!
On top of that, you could have a tuxedo cat that isn’t even black and white. Sure, that’s the common color combo, but they can also be grey, silver, orange, or even have tortoiseshell with patches of white.
Egyptians knew just how special tuxies are, too. Although it’s commonly known that cats were highly revered and worshipped by ancient Egyptians, they had a special place in their hearts for tuxedo cats.
Cats appear frequently in royal tombs and other arts, and several Egyptian goddesses were even depicted as cats. But nearly three quarters of all cats depicted by ancient Egyptians are actually tuxedo cats. These cats were the most commonly depicted and worshipped cats in Egypt.
Tuxedo cats have some really famous friends. William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, and Beethoven all had pet tuxedo cats. A cat also made its way to the White House as the first pet: President Bill Clinton’s cat named Socks.
Of course, tuxies don’t always need to ride someone else’s coattails. In 2012, Tuxedo Stan — a tuxedo cat, if you didn’t guess — ran for mayor in Halifax, Canada.
The richest cat in the world was a tuxedo cat. In 1998, a tuxie named Sparky inherited a cool $6.3 million when his owner passed away. That made him richer than any other cat, and to be honest, many of us humans, too.
Although tuxedo cats aren’t a particular breed, they still share one thing in common: they’re always first. These cats develop incredibly quickly in comparison to other domestic cats. While it takes most cats one to two weeks to open their eyes after birth, newborn tuxies open their eyes a whole 24 hours before any other kind of cat.
It’s also commonly accepted that tuxedo cats are geniuses of the cat world. Some claim these two-toned beauties are up to 200 percent smarter than other kinds of cats, although that could be somewhat difficult to prove. However, as a cat mom to a tuxedo cat myself, I think this one’s definitely true!