Do you have an orange kitty? If so, you may want to give your feline buddy a special treat: It’s Ginger Kitty Appreciation Day! Our feline pals come in all sorts of colors and patterns, and we think they’re all super cute. However, ginger cats definitely have some raving fans! A local vet discusses these miniature lions below.
When you see or meet a new ginger cat, the odds are your new feline buddy is a boy. The gene that produces that ginger color is on the X chromosome. Since girls are XX, that means female kitties need two copies of the gene to become redheads. So, what does Fluffy’s family tree look like? If your ginger is a girl, then both of her parents were gingers. If your furball is a boy, his kids could be either gingers or tortoiseshell.
Our feline friends are all unique individuals, and they all have their own distinct ‘purrsonas.’ That said, ginger cats do seem to have some traits in common. Boy gingers tend to be chatty, bold, and active. Your little red buddy may yell at you for being late with his dinner, or to tell you to pick him up right meow. Girl gingers, on the other paw, are more gentle and laid-back. They’re also not *quite* as verbiose.
Ginger cats have long or short fur. Some even have curls! There are also several variations in the patterns Fluffy chooses to wear. These include classic, or swirled, as they are sometimes called; mackerel, or striped; spotted; ticked; and patched. We think they are all adorable! Another interesting fact about ginger cats’ coloring? They are all tabbies! However, not all tabbies are gingers.
We can’t really discuss ginger cats without talking about the most famous one: Garfield! The beloved ‘Flabby Tabby’ was born in the back of Mama Leoni’s Italian Kitchen back in 1978. The tiny ginger immediately realized that lasagna is the best thing ever, and his growing appetite for it almost put the little restaurant out of business. Fortunately, Jon Arbuckle adopted the little guy. The rest is history. Then there’s Morris, the cat food spokeskitty (or technically, spokeskitties) that captured all of our hearts back in the 80’s.
Do you have questions or concerns about your ginger cat? We can help! Contact us, your animal clinic, today.