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Tuxedo Cats - What Makes Them Tick?

By Edited Nov 14, 2013 0 2

Do you know how I found out that there was such a thing as a Tuxedo cat? I had just gotten two black and white kittens and couldn't figure out what to name them. I did what any other person does when they are looking for names; I got on the Internet. I had been thinking about the name Tuxedo for one because he looks like a tuxedo; I mean, right down to his white paws that look like the cuffs on a white shirt. That's when I discovered there was such a thing as a Tuxedo cat. They are simply, black and white cats. Here is Tuxedo, trying to make bread in a basket:

Tuxedo in a Basket

Any cat will "knead" a little, but it seems like Tuxedo really loves it. He tries it on my leg, and I have to stop him - his claws are a little too sharp at times.Tuxedo likes to climb up under my chin and nuzzle. At times, I wonder if I should have named him Valentino which is what I named my other black and white cat.


Valentino got his name for just what I described with Tuxedo, except he nuzzles, then gets up on my shoulder. Before he got too big, he used to curl himself around and lay on top of my shoulder. Now, he just puts his head on it. Valentino has an issue with me being gone. I think it is actually separation anxiety. He has a stuffed fish which he puts in his mouth and bellows (the word my husband used to describe the sound). I've only heard a small remnant of it from another room, because he usually does it when I'm not there. Occasionally, as I said, he does it when I'm still at home, but in another room. By the time I check, he's got the fish out of his mouth and is meowing up at me in a normal voice. He's a cutie, isn't he?

Valentino on the Piano

As to what makes these two tick, I haven't a clue. Does anyone with cats know what makes them tick? That's what makes a cat a cat. One of my friends told me that the reason these two act so odd sometimes is because they are indoor cats. If that's true, they are just going to have to act odd. I've seen too many outside cats lying on the side of the road dead. Maybe I'm selfish; but Tuxedo and Valentino seem to be pretty happy to me, and they certainly are spoiled!



Nov 10, 2010 1:26pm
Please have them neutered, unless yo plan to breed from them.
They will be happier in an inside environment.
The 'kneading' is a response that they do when they feel a surface under
their front paws that reminds them of their mommies tummy.
They used to knead there to stimulate mammas milk.
Please enjoy their company as much as you can while you have them.
At the end, please do not let them suffer, and be with them as they go to sleep.
Nov 13, 2010 8:24pm
All my cats are neutered or spayed. I do not believe in contributing to the cat population (unless you are breeding them, like you said) - there are too many unwanted cats now. Since this posting, I have rescued two more kittens who wondered up under my house and whose mother disappeared and never returned. They were starving and naturally, I had to take them in. They are the result of an irresponsible pet owner who didn't get their cat neutered. These two kittens are now neutered and spayed (one boy and one girl). They have been a joy to watch and are very loving - they follow me around because I "adopted" them when they were so young. They think I'm their mother. Anyway, BillB, thanks for your post and I agree with being with them at the end.
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