Tuxedo cats have low-grade white spotting. In other words, these cats have a solid black coat with white color restricted to certain parts. The name ‘tuxedo cat’ refers to those cats with a specific color pattern on their coat. In order to be considered a tuxedo cat, the feline must have a solid black coat with white patches on the paws, belly, chest, and chin. The white patches must be limited to those regions. Some of them have white patches on their face too. In case of paws, the white fur may appear as anklets or lengthy socks. Some individuals have a small patch of black fur on the chin, like a goatee. Even the tip of their tail may have a small white patch. Those with a prominent white patch around their nose and mouth may appear as if they have black masks that cover the head. So tuxedo cats are also known as black mask cats. These cats can be easily identified with their special coat pattern and the white-colored ‘V’ on their chest.
You may also come across cats with a tuxedo coat pattern in color combinations other than black and white. There are tabby tuxedo cats that possess a tabby coat with white patches. Another type is smoke tuxedo cats which have grayish blue color instead of black. However, only the black-and-white cats with the tuxedo coat pattern are usually referred to as tuxedo cats.