All About Ginger Cats

Ginger cats or orange cats are very popular felines, though they’re not usually acknowledged as a distinct breed.

Even though, orange cats are among the cutest kittens in the world and are very common pets in many households. Most homes which own cats have, at some point, raised a ginger cat.

Much like most Tabbies, Ginger cats are very friendly and can make excellent pet cats. This kind of a kitten is very unique because of its striking orange shade.

What Makes Ginger Cats So Special?

You only know how special ginger cats are if you had one.

Their playful personalities and nice coat color is what makes them great. They are named Orange Tabby kitten because of their looks.

Many ginger tabbies will have a little black freckle around the mouth area and on their nose. This is usual after the first or second years of their lives.

Ginger moggies come in four beautiful coat types- spotted, classic (swirled), ticked (agouti), and mackerel (striped). Most owners of this particular type of amazing cat will say that an orange cat is very friendly with almost everyone.

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But as we all know cats are unique, and obviously, they may also exhibit shyness, among other traits. However, ginger or orange moggies are generally very high-spirited and friendly.

Another interesting fact is that there are no kittens with a complete and unmarked orange coat coloring. Also, the majority of orange tabby felines are males. That may explain why they are so incredibly playful.

Famous Ginger Cats

  • Orlando (The Marmalade Cat) is the cute orange star of a series of illustrated children’s book by Kathleen Hale, first printed in 1938. There is a total of 19 books in the sequence, recounting the escapades of Orlando and his feline family, with attractive illustrations and hilarious stories. Orlando’s explorations were subject of the “Children’s Hour” broadcasted on BBC’s Radio. The last book in the series of The Marmalade Cat was printed in 1972 and Kathleen Hale was granted an OBE – the most excellent order of the British empire, in 1976.
  • Orangey– This was the Ginger cat that starred in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with Audrey Hepburn in 1961. This astonishing television and movie acting cat debuted in 1952 with the movie “Rhubarb” and earned the Patsy Awards in 1952 and in 1962. He also participated in “Gigot”, and in the TV series “Our Miss Brooks”.
  • Orion– The ginger and white feline who has a galaxy cluster tied around his neck in the film “Men in Black” from 1997.
  • Jones– In the show “Alien” filmed in 1979, the orange colored kitten named “Jones” is one of two survivors of the violence on the ruined mining conveyance ship Nostromo.

Personality and Temperament

According to ginger cat enthusiasts, their pet cats have an easy going temperament, are happy and relaxed and quite dog-like in terms of their personality.

Ginger kittens are born wearing their unique coat, looking as dapper as can be and are even particularly friendly and easy going as kittens.

In the cat world, Ginger cats are considered to be the cool kid on the block due to their happy, and easy going nature. New research findings show that ginger moggies are feline owners’ favorite cats since they are thought as lovable and friendly.

Many times, white felines, are seen as distant and aloof, while Tuxedo cats and black cats are depicted as mysterious and bring bad lack, according to some folklore. Not so with ginger cats!

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Behavioural Traits

  • Bold– Most Ginger cats are pretty brave, and willing to approach unknown situations courageously. Being that this type of cat loves to hunt mice, boldness does help them in being better hunters.
  • Courageous– Their courage, which helps them in becoming great hunters, has become an inherent trait among them all, both indoors or outdoors. That’s why ginger cats don’t shy away from a fight.
  • Independent– Ginger cats are well known for their independence. While being independent does not mean that these cats love to stay alone, they have been known to dislike to be told what to do.

10 Facts You Did Not Know About Ginger Cats

  1. Some of the ginger cats can resemble small tigers.
  2. Nobody is actually sure where the nickname “tabby” came from, or when it came to be associated to this type of cat.
  3. These cats are known not to have thick, dense coats.
  4. They’re considered as fat cats because they love eating almost everything and from anywhere.
  5. Since these tabbies are not regarded as a breed, they may be attributed to many existing feline breeds.
  6. The lifespan of an orange kitten is not specific to their coloring. They have the same average lifespan as does the particular breed of felines they belong to.
  7. Most orange kittens are very social cats, either they are calm and loving or busy and outgoing. Still, there are some breeds that bear orange kittens that are uninterested in human friendliness and aloof.
  8. Tabby cats get their name because of their coloring patterns. Tabbies have four typical and distinct arrays of coat color arrangement. If a tabby doesn’t have one of those patterns, it is not regarded as a tabby cat.
  9. The orange cat needs to have some orange coloring on its body. Most of the cats are predominantly orange; however, there are those that have more whiter coloring than orange. These are rare and very hard to find.
  10. Orange cats usually have a brave character. The majority of them are not excessively afraid of other animals or children and they don’t have a problem in sharing the household with other animals or dogs.

Do you have an orange ginger cat? Tell us all about him / her in a comment below!

108 thoughts on “All About Ginger Cats

  1. AvatarTEAH ZANE

    My little tabby kitten (Billy … short for silly billy) is 9 weeks old.

    Following please find a description of his temperament:

    ?extremely intelligent
    ?cuddliest kitten ever
    ?loudest purr ever
    ?would gladly rip the
    skin off my arms and
    hands if he was
    allowed …. so savage.

    Savage and cuddly …. what a combination! Thank God for ginger male kitten!

      1. AvatarTina Presley

        Have a all ginger hes min hes fine all cuddles then in a strike hell have ur hand off.for no reason.spitting at ya claws ya.nasty lil git sometimes

        1. AvatarSarah Bond

          Have a roughly 10 week old ginger girl. Have had her for a month. Others named her Pheonix, I just call her Kittykat. Rescue kitty from bushfires, very sweet, very loving and very scatty. Overly energetic in the morning, including scratching and nipping me, then occassionally chases chickens and ambles through my cattle if they’re near the house, then sleeps and purrs all day. Just a beautiful little lady. Very happy I reluctantly said ok to taking her. Hubby was not happy, now they are inseparable. :)))

      1. AvatarTina Presley

        Have a all ginger hes min hes fine all cuddles then in a strike hell have ur hand off.for no reason.spitting at ya claws ya.nasty lil git sometimes

    1. Avatarsarah Fletcher

      He sounds exactly like my little Archer! He is approx 4 months and is a monkey, he can climb anything. He is a lover and a monster from one minute to the next. I love him to pieces!!

    2. AvatarSteve Summerell

      Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) is my Ginger pussy and is excellent with kids. He also is fearless with any dog and is a massive 8kg at 10yo. Very healthy and can jump a 6m fence from ground zero. Follows me around like a puppy and loves attention. Favours fresh chicken and tuna. Loves to travel in the car.

    3. AvatarKatie

      I just adopted a orange Tabby from a shelter exactly how you described him, he’s two years old and the name he came to us with is “Billy”.

  2. Avatarsteve

    ha ha, this page is so right about ginger cats.

    my ginger boy is super laid back ridiculously friendly and very confident, he owns the street and is definitely top cat in the neighborhood.
    my other 2 cats tolerate my jack Russel but im ginger is good friends with him.

    i dont know if its a ginger thing but he also has a purr 3x louder than any cat ive ever had!

    1. AvatarSusan Riley

      I have a Jack Russell Shorty who is good friends with my ginger boy. She loves all the cats and I thought it was because she thinks she is a cat. But with a new ginger girl I find they are becoming good buddies as well.

  3. AvatarPrincess

    I recently got a ginger cat and I’ve been having trouble with it and its been hiding a lot, doesn’t like coming out. I’ve only had it for 3 days, Its starting to settle in and I agree with this information.

    1. AvatarVictoria

      Hi Princess, we adopted a 2 year old ginger male in late January 2018. He hid or more so stayed in his ‘settle in’ room for about a fortnight. He then finally came out and he is the funniest most sweetest cat I’ve known. He also gets along well with our 6 year old male Ragdoll.

    2. AvatarSimms

      It takes time for some cats. I have a white and ginger foster cat which I’ve had for a month.

      He hid behind the sofa for a week, eating his food when I left the house or at nights time.

      He then began to com out into the loungr area, sleeping snuggly in the corner behind the TV. I would wake up in the morning with him miaowing outside my bedroom door.

      He then began to sit or lie comfortably in the lounge to waiting

      He loves head and chin rub and scratches and a good old groom purring for eternity.

      This week he has jumped on the sofa to lie beside
      me or on me in cloud nine.


    I have a beautiful ginger girl called Pickles. She has stripes and spots and a white chest. She is quite shy but loves to cuddle up to me in bed.

    1. AvatarJoshua Fettig

      I have a female ginger too, which is really rare as you can tell by most of the comments
      Involve male gingers. My Abby is the sweetest most sensitive cat I’ve ever had. Saved her from a kill shelter 11 years ago when she was 10 weeks old

      1. AvatarStacey-Rae

        Hi I also have a female ginger kitty cat named Molly who is also 11 years old, she is the absolute sweetest cat I have ever had and we have a special bond. She is very fluffy especially around her bum and her tail with the tip of the tail being white her overall coat is a rather light ginger colour. She is super friendly to almost everyone and never scratches or bites at all. She has been known to catch a few birds unfortunately but she also catches mice around the house. I love her to bits.

  5. AvatarJannet

    My ginger boy would have to have the loudest meow ever. Loves his food and makes happy, loud yum yum noises when he eats. Super cheeky, curious and mischievous. Very clever and independent. Loves attention and a pat on the head. Doesn’t like cuddles, being picked up or sitting on your lap. He is also tall and long!

  6. AvatarMargaret Antony

    My stunning looking ginger male cat named Darcy went missing on the 21st august 2014 he has stripes and circles in his coat and is slim. I searched miles for him walking miles a day and advertising and making lots of phone calls to vets and rescue centres and on the internet. He was only two and a half and would now be six and a half. I pine for him every day and just want closure so I can stop feeling the constant heartache. My elderly neighbour told me that a few days after darcy went missing that a man in a white van went into a doctors practise in Docking close to brancaster pe318aq where I live and ask if there was a vet practise nearby as he had picked up a injured cat and needed to find a vet. this is the only information I have ever had .If this is true I would worship this man for information even if he found a vet and gave darcy a home . Just to know if he is allve and happy or if he is dead as he is on my mind daily and I will never give up hoping and looking for him as I adore him.

    1. AvatarNicky

      Did you ever receive news of Darcy?
      Our two and a half year old ginger boy Hendrick was hit by a car last Friday and was so seriously injured we were advised to put him to sleep but it was a serious paralysing fracture not internal or head trauma so he was on the face of it ‘fine’ – dont know what is worse – having to make a decision like ours looking into his eyes or living not knowing like yourselves. Both are awful 🙁

  7. AvatarMohamed el Habib

    i agree with this article i 100 %, ginger cats are really DOG-like. My crazy friendly wild savagely aggressive and cudly at the same time ginger is called “RODMAN” i named it after the legendary basketball player dennis rodman because they do share lots of things in common, rodman is the best cat i’ve ever had in my life so far. RIP my friend you’ll be remembred for ever in my mind and in my heart.

  8. AvatarDorothy Virgadamo

    I agree with this article. Ginger cats are friendly, affectionate, intelligent, courageous and independent. They are also dog-like and cuddly. I had one Ginger cat for sixteen years. He passed away from old age suddenly. Now I have another Ginger cat. Once you have a Ginger cat, you have a comrade by your side. There is a strong love given by Ginger cats. Once you have a Ginger cat, you will never want any other type of cat. Ginger cats are the best.

  9. AvatarMandy pearce

    My ginger male is 14 years old a very friendly boy who hunts rats and mice and purrs very loudly hes asleep on my bed at the moment .love him so much hes a beautiful boy

  10. AvatarClaire

    I have 2 black and white girls and a ginger and white with 3 legs.He is extraordinarily friendly and people seem to adore him. I’m not sure if it is that fact he’s ginger or legless or so friendly that makes him special.

  11. AvatarEd.

    My little lad…well he is nearly 2 and half now is a very cheeky Ginger. He knows the word sit, fridge, ham…he is a mega ham fiend…he also knows the word no, and he hates it he gets in a right mood. He tolerates a bath…just and loves kisses, he also likes to play and can be hard at times with his leaping and nipping-many a bruise on my upper arms.

    He came to us as a 4 month old, a stray, he bounded up the drive to me and my wife and decided to follow us into the house and he just stayed…we are not cat people but he melted our hearts on the spot.

    He is spoilt rotten with with toys that he never plays with…a £50 scratching tree with house that he never bothered with…but, that is the way it goes. He does love chasing you and chasing after a ball.

    They say cats do not really respond to a name…well, Tigs certainly does, he comes when called or whistled.

    We couldn’t be without him now, our lovely Ginger boy.

    1. AvatarSarah Martin

      Ed, your boy sounds just like our Ron! He came to us as a stray and now rules the house! He also knows his name, no, fridge and is also totally obsessed with ham, never seen anything like it lol!
      He’s like a little dog, knows the sound of my car and waits at the gate when I get home from work….. best little guy ever. He likes to nip my husband, a lot lol, sleeps on our bed and loves to lick my toes… such a strange cat but just the best! Gingers rule😊

  12. AvatarLaura Boone

    my fat cat Garfield has potty trained his self to use the toilet… chases my mother in laws dogs…. hes fearless and smart .

  13. AvatarClaire drake

    My ginger boy Gorgeous died on 7th July 2018 age 15 or 16. I am devastated because he was all these descriptions and more! He stole my heart and took it with him.

    1. AvatarTeri Logsdon

      This made me sad about your ginger boy passing. Our hearts never heal from the loss. I have Lampasas Community Cats-TNR in Lampasas, Tx, we have a Facebook page. We have a beautiful Ginger Girl up for adoption and her name is Honey. Honey is 3 years old and is as sweet as honey too.

      1. AvatarJoanne burke

        We have a beautiful 6monrh old female gingers that’s also persian that’s looking for a good home,she’s such a sweetie but we already have 2 male kittens from the same litter so we just can’t keep her.if U maybe interested in adopting her feel free to send an email

  14. AvatarCarolynn draeger

    Our beautiful Ginger is a female, she is very unique and she knows it. she is very ladylike and a wonderful mother to 5 beautiful kittens 3 rowdy ginger brothers, a beautiful calico and a darling grey tabby.

  15. AvatarRobin

    I just got a 7 week ginger tabby we named Oliver. Someone rescued him from a bridge that goes over a gator infested lake and he was clinging to the cement divider. He was a bit banged up but otherwise in good health. This is my first ginger after having cats since I was 5 years old. He is a total love bug!

  16. AvatarSalman Mahmood

    I just bought a ginger cat but I don’t kno what breed it is but its full orange with darker shade of orange stripes in legs and tail even in belly. Very playful. Can you tell me what breed it is?

    1. AvatarEd.

      He isn’t a breed, he is a tabby cat and sounds like a Mackerel pattern (my cat has the same pattern) he will have the usual ‘M’ on his forehead.

  17. AvatarMarina King

    Found nothink about what I was looking for about my ginger and white cat . Were ever he sits he leaves and orange mark and he is the only one of my cats that happens to as my other cats are tabby / brindle.
    So why dose my ginger cat do this.?

    1. AvatarEd.

      Could be scent marking from his anal glands, cats have two glands in this region and they use them to mark territory or an object-saying: this is mine-does he bottom scoot across the floor, lick his behind a lot? If he does then it could be that he is having issues in expressing (releasing) the fluid in them. This is normally done when a cat defecates or is deliberately marking.
      Problems can arise so if you are in doubt get him checked over by a vet.

  18. Avatargerrie

    Please tell me what can be the cause of my two Ginger, male cats by the way ,to be constantly fighting like hell?

    1. AvatarEd.

      Hi Gerrie, sounds like it could be territorial or jealousy regarding their slave…owner. Are they both neutered? If not that sounds like it could be the cause-adult males will growl and fight especially if it mating season.

  19. AvatarJodi sciberras

    We have two rescued ginger boys. One is named Blue 5 years old and the other is Boss one year old. They are the most beautiful loving cats I have ever owned! Both of them were left as babies in the side of a road. My whole family is grateful to have these two little gingers in our lives. They play, talk, interact. I have grown up kids who love to come home sometimes just to hang out with the cats! They walk outside with us like dogs never leaving us! Blue has even attacked a snake to protect me! ( just a small one… we live in Australia) ginger cats should be revered as they are supremely special!

    1. AvatarJack “E”

      I most agreed with you in all of what you saying. I was never a cat person, but Obi my daughter’s 5 years old cat change my mind. He acts like a dog, he loves being around us, he ask for food and water if he needs it, and also complains if he needs to let us know whatever he is upset about. He also knows when and which one of the family members needs more cuddles at a time. He needs to be around people, he doesn’t like to be alone. He eats lots of food and hates his plate to be empty at any time, that’s why he looks like Garfield. I love him very much

  20. AvatarRayna

    I have a ginger cat, and he’s got a pure white tummy and neck, and the rest of him is ginger with darker ginger streaks inside the lighter. We named him Simba after the lion king 😛

  21. AvatarCameron

    LOL my cat Ginger is about 9 weeks old and I love how in the passage it says that they don’t like to be told what to do yeah I got that now I learned that the hard way but he’s like me LOL hard-headed

  22. AvatarTerra

    My sister and i adopted a ginger kitty when he was 11 weeks old and we named him Rhou or RhouRhou when we baby talk him. This is are first cat since we have always been a dog family and at first i wanted to adopt a pup instead but i swear Rhou was born to be a dog. He loves to swim and fetch and begs for snuggles in the cutest way. He was supposed to be my sister’s cat but he follows me everywhere and loves to be picked up and snuggled and has the loudest pur with cute little chirps here and there. He’s my furbaby now

  23. AvatarDonnamarie

    I adopted my Oliver, my beautiful, wonderful ginger male many years ago when he was only 2 weeks old. I found him in the parking lot of a restaurant near a farm in the winter time in the northeast in the bitter cold. Oliver was the best cat in the world and I loved him so much. He was my best friend and he was so smart and sleek. He knew he was special. These ginger cats really steal our hearts. I’ve had many other kitty cats but my Oliver was the best!

  24. AvatarBonnie

    I have a ginger female (“Tigger” — my then-young daughter insisted!) who is an angel, and a gift to me every day when I come home. We adopted her as a kitten, and she is the most laid-back and affectionate girl you could imagine. At age 10 now, she’s definitely dog-like…I’d say poodle-like, as she’s very clingy.

  25. AvatarSandra Miller

    I have a female Tabby with green eyes, a pink nose, a white kerchief around her neck and white booties on all four feet… her beautiful coloring of course. I got her 10 years ago as a stray someone had abandoned when she was approximately 5 weeks old. She took to me immediately, even sleeping on me every night. My neck, my head, my leg, my arm and still tries to do it now but she’s a bit big for it… lol. My then partner was so jealous as he wanted her to attach to him. HaHa. She loves attention and closeness. She is very intelligent and has learned to lay down when I tell her to,,, every single time. She is a bit sassy though, which I adore. She will mind me but has to sass just a bit first to let me know she has her own mind. She loves to stare at me and lay beside me almost all the time. She has to be really sleepy not to be by my side as she will be awake most of the time when she is. I don’t think she wants to miss a moment with me. She also greets me most days at the door when I get home and comes when I call. She’s a laid-back girl with an easy going nature who loves her lovings. Vocal,,, yes, but not overbearing with it. We chatter back and forth every day. I love my sweet Tabby girl ! She’s a purrfect pet 🙂

  26. AvatarStuart

    I have a female ginger she is a bitch when in season would like to mate her think she would make a great mum she has just tuned two she lives in East Sussex

  27. AvatarFrances

    I’m a dog lover but sadly my beautiful dog died in april. Then in September my daughter brought a kitten home. He looked at me meowed, jumped onto my lap….there he has stayed! He grooms me, talks to me, falls asleep on me and oh boy! Does he like to kiss me. He gently bites my earlobes. He gets jealous too. If I’m talking or on my laptop he will sit facing me on my lap and use two gentle paws to pull my face down to him for a lick and purr!
    This cat was sent to fix and fill my lonely heart. He hasn’t caught a mouse yet but so far has filled my kitchen with leaves (its autumn/winter here in uk).
    I am getting him neutered soon. I appropriately named him Jaffa because he is orange and seedless lol.

  28. AvatarJoyce

    Ginger…my three month old Ginger furred kitten loveeees seeking attention, like a lot and if u don’t give to him, he runs to u Nd jumps so that u would notice him

  29. AvatarSicili

    My Sam(Samuel L Jackson), is 18 months old. He has a yellow tabby saddle as well as face mask and the rest the softest white fur. He technically is my son’s emotional support animal as my son has Spina bifida and is paralyzed. He is the first yellow tabby we have ever had….and he is wonderful! He falls into every stereotype of yellow tabbies, from the big appetite to the black freckles in his mouth. He is also the most affectionate cat we’ve ever had and we are a cat family, having many rescues and fosters over the years. I love my ginger boy.

  30. AvatarOlivia

    My ginger cat is basically the loudest little thing ever. All he ever does is SCREAM for absolutely no reason. He is very laid back, but overall he’s just a fat crackhead. I love him.

  31. AvatarColin

    20 : 80

    that’s some really silly maths.

    You should say 1 in 5 is female, or 1 female to every 4 males.

    Please don’t propagate the myth that cat people are foolish.

  32. AvatarCharly

    My almost 3 year old loves the dogs and humans residing in the house but anyone else he will attack when entering our home. Just got 2 baby female gingers for him as friends. Btw he is ginger as well and the most docile I’ve ever seen.

  33. AvatarKimb

    This article certainly describes our ginger Milo. He was abandoned & starving when he found us & we adopted him. He loves his food, brings us mice presents lovingly displayed on the front mat & loves playing hide & seek with our 12 year old daughter. He’s a bit bossy & gets in a huff when he’s not fed on time.

  34. AvatarTiffani

    My ginger boy, Agent Orange, passed away in my arms 3-nights ago. He was about 17-yrs old.-Showed up on our door step in the spring/summer of 2006, and instantly adopted my husband, our enormous gentle giant yellow lab (Oliver), and I, and, our son, from the moment we brought him home as a newborn baby. As well as our early generation Savannah cat, Klepster, who we adopted over a year ago. Orangey got his name as he was very territorial of us when he first adopted our family and home… he would spray the putter Peronist of our yard and beat up any mean strays that would try to come around. But Orangey was the sweetest, gentlest boy. Always wanted to be near and sit on us whenever we weren’t standing. He was talkative, and the moment he was touched he’d start to purr. He has given us insurmountable, truly unconditional love, loyalty, and friendship. Our lives will never be the same without him. He slept on my sons
    Pillow every night (He’d tuck himself in and if we weren’t there at “bedtime” he’d come get us and stay awake through story time with our son every night.). He met me at the coffee pot every single morning, and he’d be waiting to greet us at the door every evening upon our return home from work. There is a hole in our heart that can only be filled by Orange. Struggling to accept that he is gone. I try to find peace trusting that he has reunited with his best doggie friend/brother somewhere over the Rainbow Bridge.

  35. AvatarSicili

    My Ginger Boy Sam, is getting so big, with a huge appetite! I work in a seafood restaurant so he waits up at night for me to come in with shrimp, scallops and crab legs. He’s due for more shots soon so we will see what he weighs. I’m thinking 12-15 pounds now and he isn’t even 2. I love having an orange tabby❤️

  36. AvatarJess

    I just got my first ginger kitten a month ago and this post describes him to a t. As soon as we bought him home he wasn’t afraid of my big German Shepard, it was the other way round! He’s very affectionate though but will start biting at you in a split second! He loves to eat including my dogs food which he’s obsessed with and cries, well more screams, at you when he sees you holding his bowl meaning food time. He has stripes all over him, such a beautiful boy! Our little tiger, we named him Tigger!

  37. AvatarBarbara McNeill

    My ginger Catzilla Ratkilla is, I am convinced, autistic. He detests any form of cuddling or patting, has major meltdowns if a strange human enters the house, goes hysterical if a book or shoe is not in its normal place, and uses sign language to indicate his wishes, rather than vocalising. He will eat only one kind of wet food, and before serving it, we have to go through certain rituals before he condescends to touch it. No ritual, he goes on hunger strike. All he wants out of life is food, sleep and nightly rodent-slaughter. I have accepted his eccentricities, ( but, oh, how I wish he’d let me cuddle him!) because on the plus side, he has never been ill, or run away, and has kept the neighbourhood rats under control for the last 12 years.

  38. AvatarRgrg14

    Recently, 2 months ago, we took in 2 out of the 6 kittens that were born in our shed 5 months ago. Mom started to move them the day we were to gather them up to take to a cat haven. 2 BLACK (1 male, 1 female) 2 tuxedo (1 male and 1 female) and
    The 2 ginger boys that we now have as indoor cats.
    “Loki” is a very pale blonde cream w white tuxedo pattern and
    “Titan” is the deep burnt orange almost reddish orange in some areas w the mackerel pattern.
    And TITAN is afraid of nothing. He’s Not afraid of our two German shepherds in fact he bullies them. He gets insanely rambunctious and will “drive by” anyone or anything with a fast run and then a leap at whatever body part he sees on you. He WILL eat anything. And I mean anything to the point where we have to lock the cabinets.

  39. AvatarDave

    My ginger cat is called Garfield, he’s amazing, I’ve taught him to come to me, jump up on the settee next to me, sit down, give me a kiss and…… Wait for it…… Shake hands. I love him so much, he’s my best friend. Is there a way I can post a short video of him?

  40. AvatarLisa

    I saved mine and he died today he got stood on by a horse i am devastated so very heartbroken he finally found a loving home where he wasn’t lonely anymore and he got killed the price of love is so painful sometimes , so very upset cant stop crying he loved sitting on couch with me follow me every where outside , was to trusting with the horses i moved him so many times away from them I wasn’t there to help him this time gutted

  41. AvatarSteve

    Hi, my orange and white tabby named Topaz(at the shelter) is Topi to me. She picked me right off, quite bold and assertive that she wanted to go home with me. She’s a sweetie, bright, courageous and bold. Sometimes crazy and runs like such. But she loves to snuggle. She’s friendly to everyone. A wonderful friend, and I am quite lucky she demanded I take her home!!!

  42. AvatarMeow

    I am fostering an outdoor ginger tux tabby who bit me, any ideas how to train him not to? He frantically rubs against my legs and then bites if I try to walk away. He is a big guy. Very beautiful, i am so scared he will bite me for real again. I stopped him with a piece of cardboard this time and coins in a can. But the can scares him away completely.

    1. AvatarSam

      Usually, a spritz of water at a cat is a good deterrent. Although some cats like water and this is not effective.
      Some cats are only doing ‘love bites’ and don’t actually do a real bite. It can be alarming if you are not used to it.
      I used to have an orange manx who would nip at our ankles if he wanted something. Usually it was food, sometimes water, going outside, or affection.
      Jackson Galaxy is a cat behavior expert and gives pretty good advice, you should google him, he gives out tips.

  43. AvatarDanny

    Just had to have my ginger cat, Ross put to sleep. I’m heart broken. He was the most loveable cat with all the personality traits of a dog. Loved sitting on my lap, half on, half off. Loved a head scratch, chin tickle, a good old brush and even loved a belly rub!! Never known a cat that’s liked that!! He purred so loud and now he’s gone the house feels so empty. So sad right now and 4 days before my wedding. Me and my future wife have been blubbing like crazy. He’ll be making and appearance atop the wedding cake though. He was always gonna be there, but now it’ll be even more special. R.I.P. Ross Boy. Missing you loads munchkin. Xx

  44. AvatarJan

    We have just lost our gorgeous Tango, 27th october, he was 10 years old, he died at home and was buried in our back garden, its still so raw for us, and we aren’t coping well. He was such a cheeky cat, fantastic personality, made us laugh, made us cry.. He was hit hard by a car when he was 1, he lost his tail, broke his jaw and pelvis, he was in a bad way but we took him home and nursed to back to health.. everyday was precious and we managed to have 10 years of him, everyday.

    1. AvatarBonnie Anderson

      I just lost my Bubbs. He was 15 and simply amazing ! So so smart more like a dog than a cat. He walked on a leash and greeted me at the door every night when I came hime from work. He talked to me and I understood everything he said. He understood me too
      Every night at 7:30 he would come and tel me it’s time to go to bed and get his treats, his face rubbed and his massage. I would say ok time to go to bed and rub a face. He would run down the hall and jump onto my bed and get in “his spot”. I spoiled his with the best food and treats
      2 yrs ago Christmas Eve he was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor they said he wouldn’t make it 24 hours
      He lived a happy normal life for another 2 yrs until this thanksgiving when his kidneys failed
      I miss my Bubbs. There will never ever be another cat like him.

  45. AvatarNellie McConnell

    We have 6 month old litter mates, Marigold and Oscar. Marigold is larger and more daring she does everything first. Oscar is the runt in litter. They are so friendly, even to our 3 year old granddaughter. Everyone who meets them loves them. They are just too cute! I wanted a female ginger and the local shelter posted photo of one. She was cute and I wanted her but the little boy stole my heart. My husband said let’s get them both and we did. Our 13 year old granddaughter was with us and wanted to name her MARIGOLD from a comic she reads. i choose Oscar for our little boy.

  46. AvatarTonyaBingham

    My niece was about to have her baby and needed to re-home my baby pookie. He is so sweet he will put his paw on my cheek when I’m rubbing him. Him and my pit bull love each other. I wish I could post their video. Pookie loves to sit and wait on me to come out of the bathroom then while I’m walking grab my leg. He is all these things in this article. He is always purring and it’s so loud. I’m so happy I brought him home. 💙💜💙💜

  47. AvatarVicki S

    We have two ginger girls, Loki and Tulip. Tulip was a kitten posted for adoption on our neighborhood page. I fell in love. Then we got Loki 6 months later. She is a fluffy long haired baby, whereas Tulip is a sleek deep orange with white legs and one white shoulder. I call her Flashdance sometimes. I love my girls. Their personalities are night and day!!!

  48. AvatarRobert Polland

    My orange and white cat ( BENNY BOY ) so called because he reminds me of Benny from top cat … never out of trouble and sometimes comes home smelling of cigarettes and coal ?? He is super friendly with everyone .. loves catching butterflies then letting them go .. he wont budge if a dog walks towards him he would rather face him down or try to be his friend .. hes very brave but hates the rain .

    1. AvatarRhiannon

      We just got a little orange boy with his two long haired dark fur sisters, he has small white socks and a mackerel pattern. He likes his space so we give it to him but when he feels affectionate he’s the cuddliest little kitten in the world. He likes to hide under things to show he doesn’t want to be handled and we always take care to leave him be when he’s like that. I think it really helps him know we want nothing but the best for him. He likes to cuddle with his sister’s and with his humans and will sometimes try to groom us. He has the sweetest personality, but sometimes he just wants space. His name is Oliver after the little cat in the Disney movie Oliver and Company but he mostly goes by Ollie. He gets along well with other cats I think because he has stayed with his sister’s which makes him sociable. Ash and Robin (his sister’s) bully him a little, ganging up against him in play fights and stealing his toys, but he doesn’t seem to notice. He’s very relaxed. He does get scared of heavy stepping but other than that is fearless.

  49. AvatarBrittany

    We just adopted a ginger who is 8 weeks old and named him Max. He is a complete lovebug and Jews fornus to hold him! He’s very brave and not afraid of anything, loves to play and explore. Our 2 year old Tortie is a bit hesitant about him so far, but hoping they’ll become good friends!

  50. AvatarGillian Hilton

    I have a ginger/white beautiful 6 year old girl called Amber .She loves company ,and is extremely talkative .She gets into bed next to my husband every night .She adores her recently discovered tummy tickles ,she demands them now .She’s a lovely bubbly girl ,but she lets you know when she wants to be left alone ,by giving you a bit of a bite ..naughty ginger X

  51. AvatarVivian

    We adopted two tabbies who are siblings. They are now seven months old and we have had them for two months. The female is an orange tabby with swirls on her sides and stripes on her legs and tail. So adorable she is shy sometimes and other times very friendly and loves to snuggle with either of us. She is super smart and sometimes is aloof. She plays with her brother a lot and tends to lead him with her unique activities—he copies her. He is more friendly most of the time and tends to get into trouble. The trouble is just kitten-try and he is learning slowly. She learns much faster. They live to clean each other; their short fur is so soft and beautiful. Oh yes, also he is a cream colored tabby, with swirls and stripes.

    They love climbing together the (sturdy outdoor, we keep inside) Christmas tree! They often eat at the same time. They act like twins. We are so blessed to have found them from a fantastic no kill pet rescue.

  52. AvatarKristin Gracy

    On Christmas Eve 2019, a young ginger kitty showed up at our house. He started to run when he saw me but I spoke softly to him and he came over to me, rubbing on me so I picked him up (he was so light), and he HUGGED me and started purring louder than any cat I’ve ever heard. He is our fifth adopted stray so my husband named him FN5. Like all the others, he is neutered, dewormed, vaccinated and defleaed. He gets along so well with our other cats, used the litter box without being shown where it was and rides in the cat carrier to vet without making one peep. My other cats sound like they are being murdered on the car ride to vet. It was nice to travel in peace and quiet. I don’t think there is anything he is afraid of. He was so relaxed at the vets office; he laid down on the scale. He is now my favorite, although I love my other cats too, this one stole my heart. He was a wonderful Christmas gift.

  53. AvatarMargaret Kirkland

    I have a ginger cat. He is almodt 12 months old. He is beautiful most of the time, but grabs your feet and bites your leg as you walk by. This is becoming a problem as I am a diabetic. I’ve wondered if this looking for play. If someone can help I’d welco.e your comments.

  54. AvatarMargaret Kirkland

    We have a ginger cat and most of the time he is beautiful. But he bites us on the leg and grabs your feet. I’ve wondered if this is wanting to play. I would welcome any comments.
    Thank you.

    1. AvatarEd

      Hi Margaret.
      It does sound like play, my cat does it, he loves pouncing and especially biting my wife’s booty-slippers. The problem is when they start to get too aggressive-play/petting aggression this can escalate into leaping and biting hard.
      One thing to do is use a distraction toy, laser pen or a long handled feather type toy- this will distract the hyper kitty, also have a bag of treats at hand so that you can then calm the situation with some dental bites or treats-not too much as you don’t want to reward the behaviour if it gets out of hand.
      If you can, ignore the cat if it is too aggressive, do not stare at it or move your hands near, turn away and leave alone. Cats get bored quickly so will play with you hard if there is not a lot going on also, this behaviour normally calms down as the cat gets older.
      Another thing to think about is that it maybe your cat letting you know it wants more play/me and mommy time but using toys to tire out instead of your legs.

  55. AvatarEd

    As I write this, Tigs is in my arms snoring but, earlier we had a spat.
    He wanted his fish, that was boiling, he wanted it that instant and because he couldn’t he got cross-tail swish, ears back, slanty eyes and the you could see him thinking how he could be naughty.
    I told he he would have to wait, so he bashed me then hissed, I hissed back and backed down-for a moment, more bashing and another hiss and was picked up-please only do this if you know your cat, Tigs is all noise and knows when he has done wrong-he was then put outside to cool his heels.
    He came back in 10 mins later still had a small fit because his fish was in the fridge cooling, he finally got it and everything was right again in Tig’s world.
    Now I look down down at this snoring bundle of ginger fur curled up and you think how much such a little thing can be so full of cheekiness, naughtiness and yet so adorable…just given him a big kiss.

    1. AvatarEd

      Hi Nicolas, the ratio of Male to Female gingers is around three to one.
      It is to do with the X chromosome and the ginger gene (that makes the colouring) is on the X chromosome , males need just one while females need two X’s so, the ratio of males is higher.

  56. AvatarEd

    We feed a few strays that come by us, one is very friendly to me and likes a stroke and chin rub.

    I came back from a friends house to find her leaving me a present near the backdoor-she had brought me a mouse.

    Not to be outdone our ‘Fat ginger house cat’ brought in a rat and left it downstairs for us.

    Thanks guys, love you too.

  57. AvatarRobin

    Ruby T Cat Slayer of Mice is a ginger and white female, around her about she has a white band, so looks like she got caught dipping in the marmalade jar. She picked me at the rescue centre. She was the first cat I saw, she ran up, made such a fuss of me. I went to see the other cars, they all ignored me! I went back and she cane out meowing away and rubbing me up. I went and told the ladies in the office which cat, tea few everywhere, the said I had the wrong cat. I was dragged through and into her pen. She cane running up and sat next to me. The lady was amazed, she was normally such a grumpy cat they thought they’d never rehome her! I brought her home after passing my checks. A few months later I’m at the doctor, “where have you been, normally see you twice a week, what you been doing for…seven months?”, Nothing I tell him, he pushes me, “well, I did get a cat”, he sits back, laughs, “if I’d known it was that easy I’d have prescribed you one!”.

    So, she’s therapy cat, best friend, pet, and treasured and loved, and she’s officially good for me! Plus…while she’s out if the room, she’s daddy’s little spoiled princess too, but don’t let her know that!

    1. AvatarEd

      Lovely story Robin.
      Cats do choose and sometimes they know that their human needs more than just a mouser. My cat knows when I am down, I suffer from depression. Or ill, he comes and has that knowing look in his eye and acts differently.
      I am so pleased you have a companion that is helping you in your needs and that she is also getting the love from a good home and loving Mummy and Daddy.

  58. AvatarVictoria Bartlett

    I am on my second Ginger cat right now. My first ginger cat was my amazing survivor Jack. Jack was a rescue that I took into my home after my Dad saw someone throw a bag out of a moving vehicle while driving in the desert. Something told him to go back and find the bag. He did and found an extremely tiny and abused ginger kitty. He brought him right to me and I couldn’t believe how itty bitty he was. He was 3 weeks old with a broken back paw, burnt eyelid, and he was starving. Jack was a fighter though and within a month I had healed his eye and had started to fatten him up through bottle feedings. He was still a hungry boy. He would steal food right off your plate if you weren’t paying attention. I’ll never forget when he was 3 months old I was eating some chicken from KFC when Jack jumped right onto my plate and stole my chicken breast. He grabbed it and ran even though it was almost as big as he was. We tried to get it back from him but he was growling like a wild animal. He won that battle and every time we had chicken my daughter would say guess what, chicken butt, guess why, chicken thigh, want to know the rest, Jack stole Mama’s chicken breast. He was a sweet boy that loved you on his terms. He would cuddle when he wanted to cuddle, but if you picked him up and tried to give him attention you might get a wild beast in your arms. He had the tiniest meow that I’ve ever heard and the loudest purr. The older he got the more attention he wanted. Poor guy was a little too adventurous for his own good. He had been attacked by a dog when he was a year old that required some drains placed on his head and some stitches. It added some character to his gorgeous face. On his 10th birthday he got between a dog and his little brother, and while fighting to protect him Jack had been bitten on his ears. He saved his little brother but ended up with swollen ears. His vet didn’t want to lance his swollen ears because of his age. They ended up healing on their own but he ended up with feline cauliflower ears just like what boxers get. He looked like Dobie with his curled ears and boy did he love having his ears scratched. Sadly we lost Jack on last Christmas Eve. He was 3 months away from turning 12. Three weeks after what would have been Jack’s 12th birthday we found our 2nd ginger Kitty. His name is ConorMcGregor AKA Little Man, and he is my gorgeous, talkative, instant best friend. I’ve had Conor for 2 weeks and he feels like we’ve had him forever. Whenever he leaves my room at night if I close the door he will tap on the door and do this meow that sounds just like he’s calling me Mom until I open the door. He loves me and I instantly fell in love with him the first time I held him. I look forward to years and years loving my precious Conor just like we had with our wonderful ginger cat Jack.

  59. AvatarJiongi

    Mine is awesome he isn’t afraid of anything i bought a dog home he didn’t run away he stared at the dog and when i carried the dog and brought near him he tried to fight the dog he’s so courageous

  60. AvatarWendy Hunter

    My female brown tabby gave birth to 4 ginger kittens on xmas eve 2019 and she had 1 boy and 3 girls!!! 😁 they are all wonderfull friendly loveing cats – i have dad also hes a ginger tom. I love them all ❤

  61. AvatarTim

    We have a pale ginger cat named Leonardo. He is a character. He has a very loud purr. He was fearless as a kitten. We once caught him stalking a kangaroo! He is clever. We first realised this when he cupped his paw under the tap to drink water. He also opens the sealed container of biscuits with his teeth and then scoops the biscuits out with his paw. If this fails he knocks the whole container on the floor so the lid comes off and he can free range. He’s also quite vocal. I tend to over feed him. One day my wife noticed he had too many biscuits in his dish, which he had temporarily left. She started taking biscuits out and he came out of nowhere meowing in protest. He loves being towelled down if he gets caught in the rain (or in a light shower). His most distinct personality trait is that he is obsessed with my wife. If she goes for a short walk he often follows. Otherwise he waits at the end of our drive until she comes home. He tolerates her carrying him the whole length of our drive. He hops onto the edge of the bath when she’s in there. He sleeps on her chest and loves sleeping on our bed (when she’s in there). He is quite placid but on a very rare occasion can grab hold with his claws. I believe he thinks he is playing. Our previous cat was also the same colour and had a similar personality. When we lost him we just had to get another pale ginger tabby.

  62. AvatarRobie

    I I have a cat named Todd he’s very unique strong-minded and determined he believes he is a dog he walked on a leash and when he wants to go for a walk he will go to the door stretches his paw out towards the door knob then sit and wait for you to put his harness on him to go for a walk he’s not afraid of any dog no matter how big when I take him to the pet people are amazed cuz he walks in and looks at big dogs looks at him like what’s up dog he is so confident and he has a personality like no other cat that ever had he was given to me by my daughter after I lost my cat Alby which was a Siamese Lynx Point he was told you was Egyptian Mau he is a very light colored cream Orange mostly White in fact when he wants food he will go to the Pantry door asbestos tile just like for a walk but he will make the sound Mau mau which means food the way I see it I say that word he will automatically go to the vault he actually thinks he can talk also very strange cat if he gets mad at you is the ears go flat he will put his head down and come straight at you and has a tendency to bite my ankles when he’s very mad he’s a very confident cat and he rules the roost I have another Lynx Point cat and I saved his life and Todd didn’t like butter very much Butters easy-going and Todd acts like he don’t like him when butter comes by God will smack him for no reason at all just to let him know that he’s a boss Thunder is in a situation God is the first one there Tubac Inn in any situation you mess with butter you get Todd and Todd does not play in fact of a dog comes over which my sister seems to bring toddler smacking every time he goes by her pitbull or her Chihuahua doesn’t matter which like I said he thinks he’s a dog and is not afraid of any dog that’s kind of scares me I’ve never had a cat like him he will come up when I’m laying down satisfy I’ll put it on my face I then have to cuddle my arm so he can lay down he will put his foot in the air for me to hold then I have to take my other hand and cover his face so he can go to sleep he’s a character if I don’t do that he will gently by my hand and make me put my hand up her seats key Pizza Time when you can love him and let you know if he does not want to be cuddled it’s on his terms always he tells you everything he wants but he’s very soft-spoken he’s not loud he does the most extreme of heights anywhere high in the house that’s his spot sometimes he likes to get out on me and he makes me go through hell he gives me calling him and won’t come out for me and watches me eat so much fun in panic mode I fear of losing you he is my best friend but if I have someone else call for him he’ll come out like haha you can find me like I said is very different he lets me know he is my best friend and thinks he owns me which he does he has my heart if I walk to the mailbox yes to either go on his leash like a dog or he’ll write on my shoulder same goes for the cars he does a car does laying in the back window for writing on my shoulder he has a certain spot in a chair if someone comes over and sits in that chair he will let them know that he wants them to get out if they don’t they will be smacked up on the head like you better get out of my chair he doesn’t scratch or hurt usually it’s no claws just a big thud with his pads of his paw he does talk and in a way you can actually understand him strange As It Seems he doesn’t all the time so much you do know what he saying when I go to the store he has to have the bags I come home and take things out of the bag I put the bag on the ground holding it and he will run into it and expects me to pick him up and swing him around sometimes he does break the bag and flies out but he comes right back for more he is the most strangest cat I’ve ever had I love him to death he loves to take showers if I get in the shower he would jump on the edge he don’t get direct me to water but he does get soaking wet I never had a cat that loved water like him every time I come home he expect something from me and of course always having something is favored is a plastic mouse that has a little ball in it he was tearing apart by the end of the night they’re done his other little thing is he’s fixing to have roast beef and only roast beef when he wants it it would go to the refrigerator and demands me to open the door giving some it’s his little tree he’s very photogenic and does so many crazy things like I said I’ve never had a cat like him he does so much I could go on and on about him Saturday my sister took him from me and I’ve not been able to see him for the last 8 months which kills me I talked to him on the phone a little bit and he meows back at me tell me to come and get him with this week I am going to get him at all cost my sister realizes she was wrong for stealing him and that I want him no matter what I will bring him home Todd and butter are in separable and as for me I cannot live without him I think you feel the same way I wish I could tell you all how he is he is so different from any I’ve had or ever seen it’s hard to explain him it would be easier to play video of him doing some of the stuff he does he is so confident and so sure he’s the boss he is a big dog in the house wherever he is let everyone know he is the man everyday there’s something new with him I have snakes he’s not afraid of them one had gotten out and I could not find it Todd being tied started acting funny Caleb it was really for assistant that I following He showed me where my snake was and of course the snake was really pissed off at. Todd AKA Ta Ta I could go on about him for days there’s so much to tell about him I do got to say it sounds like a lot of you have great cats and if he is a ginger I can see why you all love your Ginger cat cuz Todd is my best friend and I love you so much unconditional love every time I come in he’s happy as hell to see me and that means a lot to me he is my first ginger cat and I can see why you all love your ginger cats so much God bless you all and take care of your buddies they are very special PS I never write blogs or post but so many of you have hit my heart with what you said about your cat’s I just had to tell you about my buddy Todd I wish I could post a video or a picture to show you this unique little dude they are truly one of the most special cats out there you’ve never had a ginger cat I would suggest you go and get one you will have buddy unconditional love throughout their life there is something special about them like no other take care of your cats God bless you all

    1. AvatarRobie

      I talked into my phone 2 leave this comment and it obviously messed up a lot of words but I hope you get the general idea how I feel about Todd I would have wrote it out but I was in a hurry to go to work so many of you had my heart I had to leave a comment

  63. AvatarNancy Jean Gilles

    My house and RV just became the “furever” home to the sweetest and gentle three yr old rescue ginger girl that we named Maisie. She is a light ginger color with classic tabby markings, and white chin, chest, belly, and stockings. She doesn’t scratch or bite and thus far, is amicable to our 3 yr old lab/kelpie mix who wants to be her new best friend. If approached slowly, she doesn’t hiss, but if Effie gets a little too rambunctious, she will swipe and hiss without making contact. Fifty years ago I had a bright colored ginger boy named Skeezix (best boat cat ever) with no white that lived aboard our sailboat with my dad for 10 years and his brother named Boots who was a bright ginger with white like my Maisie who lived with me at my mom’s house for 12 yrs. Both boys were lovers and very adventurous. They liked to play rough. My last ginger kitty named Gracie was colored like Maisie and a very sweet and gentle little girl with a love of exploration. She loved dogs and unfortunately got out after we had her a couple of years and decided to cozy up to a coyote without fear. I’ve lost kitties to hit and run and old age, but never coyotes. Each loss is heartbreaking! I’ve had many kitty cats during my 60 years and my ginger girls were and are the most gentle and sweetest of all the tabbies, siamese, tuxedo, calico, pure white, and black kitties who owned me. They were all loveable, but when the others didn’t like something, they would scratch and or bite. Gracie and Maisie were not and are not biters or scratchers. All my other cats loved being outdoors, Maisie doesn’t care to step outside, so she makes a wonderful travel companion when we travel in our RV. She made her maiden voyage a week ago with 4 hours of travel to and from campground and a week and a half in camp.

  64. AvatarBarb

    I got my ginger, Bubba, when he was 6 weeks old. He had HUGE feet! He is a big cat (27 lbs and can reach higher than my hip when he asks to be carried), and sweet and friendly. My 6 lb calico smacks him in the face from time to time just to let him know who’s boss. He just looks at her like, “whatever”. Big beefy and mellow. Gingers are the greatest cats ever

  65. AvatarChrizelda

    Our ginger and white cat (Tiger) is huge at 6 months at 34cm height and weighing 5.5kg… highly intelligent and has no fear, very friendly and when we talk to him, he replies back his language… he wakes us up to go out at night. Is his size normal… looks like a tiger pup.


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