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 intended to honor red-haired, blue-eyed humans nicknamed “gingers,” we focused on ginger cats instead.
We know ginger cats are special, and I found some interesting facts about these fabulous felines;
They 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
Orange Cats 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.
They are Usually Male
Not ALL ginger cats are male, but they outnumber female gingers 4 to 1!
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 Orange 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 after making his debut in the Shrek movies, Puss In Boots starred in his own animated feature film!