Cool Facts about Orange Tabby Cats
Think of Milo, Morris, or Garfield - all orange tabbies! Some folks call them marmalade cats, red tabbies, or gingers. Many people have a soft spot for these beauties - but why is that? We've gathered oodles of facts about these gorgeous kitties, which will help you see why they are so loved.
First, an orange tabby (like all tabbies) isn't a breed; it's just a color designation found in various breeds. If a cat is orange - it is a tabby; they all are! But some breeds are more likely to produce a ginger; for example, an American Bobtail, Scottish Fold, Devon Rex, and an Exotic Shorthair.
There are 4 coat patterns for tabby cats: mackerel, ticked, spotted, and classic. All ginger cats have an "M" marking on their foreheads; look for it! Some orange cats have black freckles around their nose and lips. These freckles are called lentigo; they are harmless and adorable. The orange coloring can range from a deep pumpkin color to a sun-bleached peach. But again, they are all tabby cats, and all will have a striped pattern.
The same pigment, pheomelanin, that creates an orange cat is responsible for red-haired humans as well!
Marmalade cats only come in 3 eye colors: gold, green, or copper.
Most (80%) orange tabby cats are male.
Many orange cats seem to have warm-hearted personalities; they are considered outgoing, vocal, and friendly felines. They tend to be relaxed cats that like to snuggle with their person. Their character isn't always as fiery as their coloring, but many ginger pet parents say their cats enjoy creating a bit of trouble (but don't all cats?).
Orange tabby cats have a good appetite and can end up with weight problems - if you have an orange kitty watch her diet to keep her lean.
Winston Churchill was so fond of his marmalade cat Jock, that in his will he donated his historic home as a museum but only on the condition that Jock could live there for the rest of his life!
Hollywood loves orange cats and uses them frequently on TV and in movies. Orangy, was the cat in Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's and acted in many other films. He won 2 Patsy Awards which is the animal equivalent of an Oscar!
Stubbs, another orange cat - was the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 20 years. Interestingly, the town had NO human mayor.
Let's celebrate our pumpkin color cats this month! We all know how unique and loving they are!