Photo: My Foster Cat

I like this photo which I took this afternoon:

He is “Downtown”, my spotted tabby foster cat. I like this photo because it is stripped back to basics and the tabby cat can look a bit like a curled snake when resting like this. Small wild cats look very much a snake when resting in this position.

It has been suggested that it is a matter of evolution that the tabby cat has ended up being able to camouflage himself by looking like a snake which is also protection from predators.

There is another link to the snake that we know: the cat hiss. This mimics the snake to frighten off animals and other cats that would harm him/her.

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23 thoughts on “Photo: My Foster Cat”

    1. Oh…I like this photo. His coat has evolved to look like a duvet cover for protection in the wilds of the bedroom ๐Ÿ˜‰

      It shows how tabby cats can look completely different. I think these two photos cover the ends of the spectrum of tabby cat coats. Great picture and a fabulous cat too.

    2. Classic red and white tiger tabby, medium to long haired.
      Beautiful. He’s a happy and trusting boy to sleep that way.
      Good job.

      1. Ha-Ha thank you, I have yet to see her in the classic curled up cat sleeping position, as in the lovely photo of Downtown, but I like she sleeps this way it always makes me smile and I think she must feel safe to sleep in such vulnerable positions.

  1. Ruth aka Kattaddorra

    What a lovely photo, he is absolutely magnificent ๐Ÿ™‚ Perfect! And he has the M on his head from Mary’s blessing of all tabbies.

  2. Something else I noticed on my Bigfoot, is the the coloring around the eyes make it look like he is wide awake staring at you. I wonder if that is also the evolution of self protection. Stand back from the picture of Downtown and squint a little. You will see what I mean.

    1. Yes, good point. He has what cat breeders call “spectacles”. Breeders of the Bengal cat like this. If you close your eyes the black line of fur above the eyes surrounded by white looks like an eye. I think that is what you mean and it is a good observation.

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