National Tabby Day: Celebrating Cats of All Stripes

By Friday, April 8, 2016

National Tabby Day is April 9th – a day set aside to celebrate cats of all stripes! I’m pretty paw-tial to tabbies because my very first cat was a grey tabby named, well, Tabby, of course!

Not only was Tabby my first cat, but my first pet rescue, too! We rescued him from a pet store that was giving him away to a good home. You see, Tabby had reached the ripe old age of 6 months old, and no one wanted to pay for a kitten that “big.” So he kept getting passed over for the little ones. But we thought he was perfect and brought him home.

Although some people think tabbies are a specific breed, it actually refers to a color pattern. Tabby patterns fall into several categories including classic, mackerel, spotted, ticked and patched. Occasionally, as with a black cat, the stripes can be almost invisible unless you happen to catch a glimpse of them basking in bright sunlight.

One thing they all share is the distinctive “M” on their forehead. There are several legends on how the tabby cat got this one-of-a-kind mark. The most popular tells us that a tabby cat snuggled up to the Baby Jesus to keep him warm in the manger. To show her gratitude, Jesus’ mother Mary marked the forehead of the cat with her own initial.

No matter how the tabby came to be, they are wonderful, loving companions who all deserve forever homes. That’s why the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Bideawee Rescue, and Triumph Books will celebrate the first National Tabby Day with a special cat adoption event and book signing on April 30, 2016.

If you happen to be in Manhattan from 10am – 6pm on that day, stop by Bideawee, located at 410 East 38th Street, to check out all their adorable cats and kittens looking for homes. In addition to the adoptions, author Sandy Robins and photographer Paul Samulson will be on-hand from 12 – 2 signing copies of their new book, Making the Most of All Nine Lives: The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat.

The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the CatThis charming book follows the adventures of Buffy, an orange tabby from the suburbs of Chicago. From working as a dental hygienist and bartender to relaxing on the beach and kayaking, this cool cat shows us how to live to the fullest – whether we have nine lives or one. The book signing celebration will feature a complimentary feline-inspired mocktail and desserts. Plus, a portion of book sales will benefit Bideawee.

Sounds like a purr-fect way to spend a day!