Why are tabby cats called tabby cats? Published February 20, 2018 at 793 × 596 in Why Are Tabby Cats Called Tabby Cats? Picture of tabby cat copyright Helmi Flick. Continue reading →Because they have a certain type of coat with specific markings and the name is derived from the name of watered silk from Bagdad (Atabi). Please comment here using either Facebook or WordPress (when available).