In fact, the Toyger was originally called "California Toyger." As you may have surmised, the "Toyger" name is a sort of contraction of "toy" and "tiger." This is not a new concept; indeed, for many years, tabby cats , particularly red tabbies with the mackerel pattern have been referred to as "tiger striped." One of the most popular names for red tabby cats is "Tiger." In fact, one of my own favorite cats of the past was Tiger. The developers of the Toyger are hopeful that eventually, the resemblance to the "big tigers" will be even closer than those Toygers you will see on linked pages.