Secret Stripes.

Secret stripes. Are those the same as Tabby stripes? Aren’t those just faint Tabby stripes? Isn’t a stripe and stripe, no matter how bold or light?

Last year we were very excited to discover Olivia had secret Tabby stripes hiding under her short black fur. This, after finding Tessa, a.k.a. Danger Cat had faint striping in her gray and white Tuxie fur too! This made us proud to have a family of seven Tabby cats!

But we understand you probably want proof. Understandable. We’d probably demand it. Or not. Depends on the day really. Just in case you’re having one of those days, here’s Olivia and her secret stripes:

Olivia and her secret Tabby stripes - 2012-2013 © Colehaus Cats

Olivia and her secret Tabby stripes – 2012-2013 © Colehaus Cats

Olivia and her secret Tabby stripes - 2012-2013 © Colehaus Cats

Olivia and her secret Tabby stripes – 2012-2013 © Colehaus Cats

Olivia's cheeks showing her secret Tabby striping - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Olivia’s cheeks showing her secret Tabby striping – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Well, there you go. We realize not everyone’s computer monitor is set up the same and it’s possible that you’ll only see a pretty black Olivia without a stripe to be had. We’re always on the lookout for the right lighting that shows off her stripes and whenever that happens, we’ll have a camera ready!

Olivia, with her secret Tabby striping, is proud to be Tabby Cat Club member #86.

Olivia, with her secret Tabby striping, is proud to be Tabby Cat Club member #86.

37 responses to “Secret Stripes.

  1. Now neat! A hidden pattern.

  2. da tabbies o trout towne

    olivia….my stars….your stripes and your coat are simply gorgeous !!! this reminds me of the panther//leopard…when he is in …just the right light…you can see his spots !!! we all hope every one has a FABulous week end ~~~~~ hugs girl from dai$y =^..*=

  3. Olivia…FYI…I love your name. I’m gray and white too and have alternating gray and pink pads….wonder if am a tabby in disguise too?
    hugs madi your bfff

  4. Gorgeous.. Have a wunderful weekend’z xx00xxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  5. Hannah is trying to find some tabby stripes but unfortunately for her there is no hint of a stripe. On the other paw I am full of them.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  6. We see them! We love those secret stripes! Ours definitely aren’t secret, so we think hers are extra special.

  7. Our Henry has secret stripes 🙂

  8. Wow, Olivia, those stripes are pawsome. I don’t have stripes nor secret ones, in comparison to you I look like a cow.. well, they’re pawsome to. Pawkisses for the weekend 🙂

  9. I think I see some super super faint ones! Way cool!

  10. We see your gorgeous stripes. Cool Olivia. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  11. We DO see Olivia’s secret Tabby stripes! Welcome to the Tabby Cat Club!

  12. OMC! Look how they are sleeping together! I can see the stripes on Olivia. Oh Wow! And her cheeks too! I can see them. She is so beautiful! This is unique.

  13. Hooray! We LOVE Olivia’s secret stripes! Welcome to the TCC, Olivia. 🙂

  14. I see the secret stripes!!! They are very cool.

  15. I can just barely see them! Cool!

  16. See the stripes, love the stripes, thank you for sharing the stripes!! :))

  17. Rupert has those too!

  18. Secret stripes are cool! We would love to know what percentage of black cats have them. One of our cats who came before had secret stripes, but two others didn’t, so it’s not something you can see on every black cat you shine a flashlight on. That makes Olivia that much more special.

  19. I saw the stripes!! Does that mean she can join the Tabby Cat club? 🙂

  20. Very cool Olivia. Our angel cat, Louise, was all grey, but she had those stripes as well, especially on her tail. Mom says that she is going to have to look at the rest of us very carefully. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Lisbeth, Astrid and Calista Jo

  21. Katie Isabella

    I see the secret strips! All I have in the suns is cinnamon underwear!

  22. Olivia’s black on black stripes are very elegant.

  23. We saw Olivia’s stripes! Welcome to the Tabby Cat Club!

    Wally & Zoey

  24. Our Tillie is a black cat. Her furs are red-brown in the sun. When she was at the Vet for her checkup, the Vet said she thinks Tillie has Tabby in her.In the right light, you can just make out the odd stripe. The Vet said she saw a faint “M”
    This is too cool 😉
    Either way, you are pretty Olivia 🙂
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie

  25. Nope, couldn’t see them. I prolly have tabby in me since I’m a street cat. I’m part Russian Blue but we don’t know what my other parent was. Concats on Tabby Club membership.

  26. Raz says welcome to the Tabby Cat Club!!! Tabby Cats rock!!

    The Florida Furkids

  27. Well, I dunno. I think they coulda been airbrushed on in Photoshop just they could infiltrate the Tabby Cat Club or sum nefarious dealio.

  28. …just SO they could….

    Sheesh. The Human is sooooooo careless.

  29. Well that is very interesting. We will have to look at our black cats and see if there are any secret stripes. We do see them we think. That is a great discovery. Hope all have a great day.

  30. Olivia, nós conseguimos ver as suas listras secretas, bem agora elas não são mais secretas hehehe. A Pretinha também tem listras nas pernas traseiras, mas são poucas, você tem mais listras do que ela.
    Tenham um ótimo fim de semana.

  31. they look so pretty with their secret stripes,xx Rachel

  32. Olivia we see your stripes and I know you are mighty proud of them!

  33. I see your secret stripes , Olivia !
    Welcome to the TCC 🙂
    XOXO

  34. Olivia, those are beautiful striped. I can see them very clearly! My black kitty Yoda has stripes in his short black fur also, 1 big white whisker in all the black ones!
    Concatulations on your Tabby membership!

  35. Ahhh, the mysterious Olivia!