Ginger Cats: 5 Reasons We Love Them

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Garf the Cat.
Photo Credit: Joanne MacDonald

I love ginger cats.  My first cat, Bo, was a ginger cat and one of the big reasons I love them so much.  Today is Kiss A Ginger Day, and although it’s intended to honor red-haired, blue-eyed humans nicknamed “gingers,” we decided to focus on our favorite ginger cats.

We know ginger cats are special, and the site found some interesting facts about these fabulous felines;

Ginger Cats Have Patterns In Their Fur

These cats come in five different patterns. The patterns are:

  • Mackerel: Narrow stripes running in parallel down sides of the body
  • Classic: Bold, swirling patterns along its sides — similar to a marble cake
  • Ticked: This coat pattern has tabby markings on the face and agouti hairs. The individual hairs are striped with alternating light and dark bands, known as the agouti hairs.
  • Spotted: Spots on sides of body
  • Patched: Commonly referred to as tortoiseshell, with shades of brown and red in the coat

They Have Freckles

As they get older, ginger cats often develop freckles.  My cat Bo had them. Orange cats that don’t develop the black freckles that they are so famous for will keep a soft pink nose.

No Solid Coat

We mentioned the coat patterns above that are found in orange cats, and as it turns out, orange tabbies always have one of the five coat patterns.  Although there are tabbies of other colors thet have solid coats, orange colored tabby coats are always patterned.

Some Look Like Tigers

Although some orange tabbies have striped coats that make them look like tigers, they are not related to tigers

Several Famous Ginger Cats

Many famous cats are or have been gingers: Garfield from the cartoon of the same time; Morris the Cat that has starred in numerous 9Lives cat food commercials; Marmalade from the YouTube star team of Cole and Marmalade; and internet sensation Garfi the cat, considered one of the angriest looking cats around.

Need we say more, ginger cats rock!  To see more of the Fully Feline ginger cats, check out our Facebook page at or Instagram at



Written by Karen


Karen is Publisher of Fully Feline. She also owns a pet care business in Overland Park, KS called Joy of Living.