Fun Facts About The Tuxedo Cat And Are Tuxedo Cats Rare?

Tuxedo cats, we’ve all seen them, and we all love them, but what are they exactly? Are they a special cat breed? Are they only a type of coloration or pattern, and are they rare? We’ve gathered all the essential info about tuxedo cats to answer your questions. Here are some entertaining facts about the adorable tuxedo cats!

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Gus photo by Rory V

**Thank you to all the readers who contributed photos for this post**

Tuxedo Cat Facts:

Fact No. 1 – Tuxedo Cats Are Not a Breed

Even though these pet black and white felines have a name, they are not a breed. Tuxedo refers to the combination of colors on the cat that makes them look like a person wearing a suit. The name for these cats “Tuxedo” refers to a specific type of coloration, but this can occur in virtually any cat breed. You can get a bicolor male or female tuxedo pattern in other cats.

Lucy Tuxedo Cat
Lucy kitten tuxedo cat

Moreover, their coat tuxedo markings can occur with colors other than black and white. So even though the best-known tuxies are black and white, there is virtually no limit to the color combination for tuxies. And that’s not all.

Love rescued me Sam a Tuxedo Cat
“Love rescued me”

This coloration varies and can occur in cats with long coats, short coats, shaggy coats, silky coats, or any other coat type. This is why there are plenty of variations when it comes to tuxies. But how does it all happen? This takes us to the second fact on our list – genetics.

Fact No. 2 – The Black And White Cats Coloring Comes From Their Genes

That’s right, it’s all in their genes. The bi-color pattern that makes these pet cats look like they are wearing a tuxedo comes from their genetic background. Cats can get the tuxie gene from their parents or from some other member of their family tree.

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Boo loved by Fiona

The gene will make them have a dominant and a second color coat that is less represented on their bodies. Among the specific traits are the socks (in the second color, usually lighter) and the mask – the effect created by the color combination on the cat’s face. If you want to learn more about tuxedo cat breeding, go to www.tuxedo-cat.co.uk, which is dedicated entirely to tuxies.

Fact No. 3 – There Are Several Types of Tuxedo Cats

As we’ve mentioned above, the tuxedo gene can affect any cat. This makes the variation of tuxies absolutely enormous. The best-known type of tuxedo kitty is black (dominant) and white patches with short silky fur.

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Purdy

But there are so many types of tuxies in many colors and breeds. Orange and white cats, or grey and white cats, are relatively common, but there are others too. So yes, there can also be Ragdoll tuxedo cats, and they are gorgeous.

Tuxedo Cat Tanger-Wanger Melissa Berg Luffy
Tuxedo Cat Tanger-Wanger, loved by Melissa Berg Luffy

Fact No. 4 – Tuxedo Cats Are Smarter Than Other Average Cats

Not only are they more elegant than many other cats, but tuxies are also more intelligent. Tuxedo kittens develop much quicker than other cats, both physically and mentally. They tend to hit cognitive milestones much earlier as well. These cats make a wonderful, brilliant pet, making them excellent companions.

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Benji photo by Rory

Fact No. 5 – Tuxedo Cats Are Not Rare

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Tuxedo Cat Boots

The gene that gives tuxies their famous color pattern is quite powerful, which has produced quite a few tuxedo cats over the years. So they are certainly not rare, but if you are looking to get a tuxedo cat of your own, you have better chances of finding one in a shelter than at a cattery.

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Socks loved by Jennifer

Fact No. 6 – There Is Such a Thing as “Tuxitude”

The term “tuxitude” refers to the particular attitude of tuxedo cats. What makes these cats easy to spot is their black and white coats and their elegant attitude. However, despite their solemn appearance, tuxies are said to have dog-like personalities.

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Marshall, foster failure turned broken heart healer

They have wonderful characteristics and are extremely friendly, playful, outgoing, and affectionate, making them very nice to be around. They create close bonds with their owners and have a friendly attitude to new people.

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Tuxedo Cat Rio loved by Melissa Berg Luffy

Fact No. 7 – Tuxedo Cats Might Have Magical Powers

People say that their black and white coats make tuxies virtually invisible during a vernal or diurnal equinox. In fact, some regard this as proof of their magical powers.

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Tiki the toddler cat. Who’s the baby Credit Lauren O’Neill

If you are open to the spiritual side, then a tuxedo cat might be the companion you are looking for. Or a tuxie might care to show you the magic in the world.

Fact No. 8 – Tuxies Were Worshiped in Ancient Egypt

As you might already know, ancient Egyptians worshiped cats. So much so that several Egyptian goddesses were actually depicted as cats.

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Gus

You may also know that cat decorations were a trendy choice for the country of Egypt. Egyptian tombs had plenty of cats featured in hieroglyphics. But you should be aware that over 70% of these cats are tuxedo cats. So again, this shows a clear preference towards cats for the Egyptians.

Blaze loved by Vanessa
Blaze loved by Vanessa

Fact No. 9 – One Particular Tuxie Cat is a Millionaire

In 1998, a tuxedo cat named Sparky inherited a vast $6.3 million when his owner passed away. It’s safe to say that Sparky the cat is the richest cat in the entire world. This story should emphasize the special bond between tuxies and their owners.

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Jasmine loved by Jill & Aaron

Fact No. 10 – Simon the Tuxedo Cat Is a War Hero

During World War II, one tuxedo cat named Simon enormously contributed to the war. He did what cats do best – he protected the food supplies from mice and other pests, which made him an invaluable asset to the Allies. As a result, Simon received the highest honor for a cat, for Animal Military Gallantry, and his story is fascinating.

Fact No. 11 – A Smart Tuxie Once Ran for Office

This might be news to you, but a while ago, a cat named Tuxedo Stan ran as a candidate for mayor in Halifax, Canada. While Tuxedo Stan wasn’t able to formally run, as he didn’t have a birth certificate, he was able to raise awareness of the feral cat population in the town.

His political party, The Tuxedo Party of Canada, gained international attention (including an endorsement by Ellen DeGeneres). As a result, the town built a new spay and neuter clinic for feral cats.

Fact No. 12 – Tuxies Are Popular With Famous People

Bongo Tuxedo Cat
“All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go”
(Except to the Vet or the Groomers, rats!!)

Whether it’s because of their dashing look or their superior intelligence, quite a few famous people owned tuxedo cats as pets. Among them are William Shakespeare, Beethoven, Sir Isaac Newton, and even President Bill Clinton. That’s right, tuxies have also made it into the White House!

Bolt loved by Vanessa
Bolt loved by Vanessa

Fact No. 13 – There Are a Lot of Famous Tuxies

Over the years, these gorgeous kitties have been depicted in many works of artistic fiction. Tuxies have conquered the small screen as well as the big screen. Here are some of the most famous tuxedo cats in animations and films:

Tuxedo cat, Persian style Louie loved by Pat DeWald
A rescue Persian from Ocala, Florida. “Look into my eyes, and you are mine forever!” Louie.

Sylvester the Cat – Sylvester and Tweety – Looney Tunes

Sylvester the Cat

When people think about tuxedo cats, one cat comes to mind much more.  Sylvester the Cat is the ultimate representative for tuxies everywhere. He is the typical tuxedo cat with black and white fur, and his amusing antics alongside Tweety have made generation after generation fall in love with him.

Regarding tuxie diversity, Sylvester has longer fur than most “classic” tuxies display. What you may need to learn about Sylvester the cat, is that the character has at least three Academy Awards under his paw. Impressive, right?

Tom – Tom and Jerry – Warner Bros. Metro-goldwin-Mayer, and Others

Probably the most famous cat in cartoon history, Tom of “Tom and Jerry” is a tuxedo cat. While he does not have the classic black-and-white tuxie cat coloration, Tom is part of the incredible variety of tuxedo kitties.

Tom and Jerry

Millions of children have grown up watching Tom the cat, chase Jerry the mouse. Known and loved by so many generations of children and adults alike, Tom is one of the most charming cat characters ever to grace the small screen.

Penelope Pussycat – Pepe Le Pew – Looney Tunes

Penelope Pussycat

Yet another Looney Toons favorite is Penelope Pussycat. This lovely kitty has stolen the heart of hopeless romantic Pepe Le Pew. She is portrayed as Pepe’s love interest in one of the most beloved episodes in the series, “Odor-Able.” Even though she does not speak, Penelope is undoubtedly a sight for sore “cat” eyes.

The Cat in the Hat – The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat

One of the most famous children’s books of all time, Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat,” tells the story of two children who have their world turned upside down by a talking cat. There were several cartoon series based on the book, including a recent one where The Cat is voiced by Martin Short and a film starring Mike Meyers as The Cat.

Figaro – Pinocchio – Disney

PINOCCHIO

Another adorable animated tuxedo cat is Figaro from Disney’s “Pinocchio” (1940), Geppetto’s cat that becomes Pinocchio’s companion. Figaro was Walt Disney’s favorite character in the film. He liked it so much that he requested that Figaro be featured as much as possible. Over the years, his decision has made many children extremely happy as the adorable kitty steals the show.

Mr. Mistoffelees – Cats

In the 2019 movie of musical Cats, and traditionally in stage productions, Mr. Mistoffelees is portrayed as a tuxedo cat. He has magical powers that he cannot yet control – another example of a tuxie cat being portrayed as magic.

Strangely, many people believe that Felix the Cat – from the original 1920s comic – was a tuxedo cat. But they are misremembering – his belly is solid black, and only his face is black and white. Not all bicolor cats are tuxies!

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Benji photo by Rory V

Are Tuxedo Cats Rare?

As you can see, tuxedo cats are trendy. While they may not be a breed, they are certainly a phenomenon. Tuxies have stolen the show with their dashing looks, elegant attitude, superior intelligence, and irresistible dog-like personality.

What do you think about tuxedo cats? Are they your favorite? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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15 Comments

  1. Auntiepatch says:

    When I have a migraine, my black and white Tuxie, Crash, stays with me until it’s over. I call him my nurse cat. Lately he has taken up art. He arranges his mouse toys in circles, crosses, and straight lines. All under the cover of darkness! I go to bed with all his toys in his basket and wake up to his newest masterpiece.

  2. Natalie Williams says:

    I have a tuxiecat. Mr. Checkers, and yes i believe he’s magical, smarter than ur average dog, he’s part human also. If u start from the beginning as a kitten, tuxies learn amazing things on their own. For example , never taught him to walk w/a leash, i put it on him when he was a baby kitty and at 8 yrs old he commands the leash better than most dogs. Very kind to any body, humans and all other animals that walks. i could go on and on about my companion. Mr. Checkers

  3. I have a tux I found him under my house and it took me a month to get him to let me hold him now he’s my best friend

  4. Kelly Harrison says:

    I have a black and white tuxedo cat named Leo but aka Baby. I got him when he was 10 weeks old and now, he is 8 years old. I can’t wait to get home to see him whether I am gone a few hours or days, it makes me happy to see him.
    I have taught him to “sit pretty” for his treats. He loves to drink water out of his fountain as well as the bathroom sink. I will miss him when he crosses the rainbow bridge but for now I spend as much time with him as I can, I’m pretty sure he enjoys it too.

    1. That is so sweet! Thank you for sharing! I am glad you have one another.

  5. I had a tuxie who lived for 19 years. It truly broke my heart when he passed away. Currently, I have 4-month old twin (they’re from the same litter) tuxedo girls who I named Caviar and Champagne. They are ALWAYS together whether it’s sleeping, eating, playing, getting in trouble (i.e., sleeping in my plants), looking out of the window and “checking out” my guests. Caviar does not like people (other than me) but will tolerate them for a little while. However, Champagne (my wild child) is VERY social and will “force” my guests to lovingly engage with her. I LOVE my twin tuxies!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have a tux and she is the smartest cat I have ever had. I Love her the best
    cat I have ever had. I am 78 yrs. old. I had a male tux that passed in 2010
    and he used to jump through windows. My little girl is so sweet. Both my
    tux were so precious I can’t say enough about the tux.

  7. Linda Lewis says:

    I had a wonderful Tuxedo that I had since he was 6 wks old till he was 16yrs old,,,he was the sweetest cat, he was also half Main Coon…..He lived with me longer then any other animal or person….I really miss him.
    He was smart, and very loving

    1. Richard St. Martin says:

      I also had a tuxedo cat his name was Eyore. He was with me for 16 years before he passed. He was my best buddy. I was devastated when he died. Now one year later I adopted a Ragdoll tuxedo cat . He had been abused. He has been with me for three months. I named him Otis .

      1. Sorry about your Eyore! I am glad you adopted Otis =)

  8. Jennifer A Rausch says:

    Tuxedo cats are the best. I lost my black and white tux in January and I am lost without him. He was so special, he sensed when I was upset and comforted me when my mom was dying. He was a crazy boy and loved as intensely as he was crazy. I also have a gray tux and a blind orange tabby tux who is smart as a whip.

    1. I also have a tux but it’s black and white the annoying thing is that it keeps on jumping through the window

  9. ABSOLUTELY SUPER PAWESOME & FABULOUS post, Jenny honey! What a AMAZING & FASCINATING topic! I have never had a tuxedo cat but now I want one…lol! LURVED all the facts and the playfulness of the addition of the famous cartoon tuxies! Tuxitude…LURVE THAT, TOO! TYSVM for such a delightful and educational read! I truly enjoyed this post today sooooo very much! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love & purrs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3 <3 <3

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