One of the numerous erroneous beliefs regarding Tabbies is that the word ‘tabby’ means female; in fact the name probably derives from the markings on watered silk originally made at Attabiy, in Baghdad. Tabbies are over-achievers, holders of numerous world records including: heaviest cat, Himmy weighing in at 21kg. Longest lived, Ma at 34 years. Most kittens, Dusty had 420. Most toes, Larry had 28. Another Tabby, called Larry, has been brought in by the Camerons to deal with the rat problem at No 10.