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And Meow, A Word About Ginger Cats
October 1, 2021
Fall is here, and so are the fall color palettes. Some of our feline friends are also dressed for the season! Cats come in many pretty colors and patterns, and we think they’re all adorable. However, orange cats definitely have some raving fans! A vet discusses these miniature lions below.

Boys Club

The vast majority of orange kitties are boys. The gene that produces that ginger color is on the X chromosome. Since girls are always XX, that means female kitties need two copies of the gene to become redheads. So, you might wonder what your pet’s family tree look like? If your ginger is a girl, then both of her parents were gingers. If your furball is a boy, he had at least one ginger parent. His kids could be either gingers or tortoiseshell.


Kitties are all unique individuals, and they all have their own ‘purrsonalities.’ That said, ginger cats do seem to have some traits in common. Boy gingers tend to be chatty, bold, and active. Your red buddy might yell at you for being late with his dinner, or to tell you to pick him up right meow. Girl gingers, on the other hand, are usually much more gentle and laid-back. They’re also not *quite* as verbose.

Fluffy’s Fashion Sense

Ginger kitties are able to have either long or short fur. Some of them even have curls! There are five variations in the patterns Fluffy chooses to wear. These include classic, or swirled, as they are sometimes called; mackerel, or striped; spotted; patched; and ticked. Another interesting fact about orange cats? They’re all tabbies! However, not all tabbies are gingers.

Famous Gingers

The most famous ginger cat of all has to be Garfield, the iconic cartoon kitty. The beloved ‘Flabby Tabby’ was born in the back room of Mama Leoni’s Italian Kitchen. It didn’t take the tiny orange ball of fur very long to realize that lasagna is the best thing ever. The kitten’s rapidly growing appetite for it almost put the restaurant out of business! Fortunately, Jon Arbuckle adopted the sarcastic feline. The rest is history. Of course, we can’t forget to mention Morris, the cat food spokescat (or technically, spokeskitties) that captured millions of hearts back in the 80’s. Do you have any questions about your ginger cat? Contact us, your animal clinic, today!