Not too shabby

One type of cat breed looks so "silky" for a genetic reason

It starts before they even have fur.

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You know a tabby cat when you see one.

Trademark dark stripes and an M on the forehead are what make these felines distinguishable from their peers.

“Tabby” used to refer to a kind of silk taffeta, reports Merriam-Webster.

This fur pattern can be seen in a number of breeds — from fluffy felines like the Maine Coon to shorthairs like the Abyssinian.

But the secrets of how tabbies get their signature look are just starting to come to light.

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