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.  I am not alone in this, there’s even Kiss A Ginger Day. Although it’s intended to honor red-haired, blue-eyed humans nicknamed “gingers,” we decided to focus on our favorite ginger cats instead.

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.

18 Responses to "Ginger Cats: 5 Reasons We Love Them"

  1. The number one reason should be personality: orange cats are usually personality plus and like other animals. The orange cat next door comes to visit often whether my dog likes it or not.

  2. Ginger cats are definitely special. So full of personality. I was actually afraid of cats for years because when I was 5, an unvaccinated barn cat (a ginger!) bit me. All of the adults around me freaked out. Later on in college while living in an upperclassmen dorm, a friend had a secret cat (we weren’t technically allowed any pets) named Jake who was a ginger. He liked sneaking up on me but overall he was a sweetheart and helped me get past my cat fear.

    1. The ginger cats I’ve known have been real sweeties. There’s a bit of fascination for many people now surrounding red haired people nicknamed “gingers”. Not sure the reasoning

  3. I’ve never had a ginger cat, but the ones I’ve met always seem so mellow. Isn’t it also true that most gingers tend to be males?

    Prior to getting Truffle and Brulee, I almost brought a ginger Persian kitten home. I didn’t because Praline was much older and getting sick and I didn’t want to stress her out.

  4. My great aunt had a wonderful orange cat named Mr. Buff. He was so soft and friendly. He loved people, including kids. I am not sure if he was representative of most ginger cats, but if he was, I can see why people love them.

  5. Ginger cats really are beautiful! One of the stray cats in our neighborhood we “adopted” was a ginger kitty. My mom adored her and named her Peaches. She was so sweet!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  6. Ginger cats are really special! It is neat that they have freckles just like many ginger humans do. I have a ton of freckles! Garfield was always a favorite of mine when I was growing up. His holiday specials are still some of my favorites to watch during those special times of year. 🙂


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