Breeders often speak of a "tabby" gene, when it should more correctly be called the Agouti gene. It is the Agouti gene that creates visual tabby cats.
Coat Color, Part 4: The Agouti (Tabby) Gene
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“Perhaps one reason we are fascinated by cats is because such a small animal can contain so much independence, dignity, and freedom of spirit. Unlike the dog, the cat’s personality is never bet on a human’s. He demands acceptance on his own terms.”
*Lloyd Alexander (American fantasy novelist)