Do you have an orange kitty? If so, you might want to give your feline buddy a special treat: It’s Ginger Kitty Appreciation Day! Our feline friends come in all sorts of colors and patterns, and we think they’re all super cute. However, ginger cats definitely have some loyal fans! A local veterinarian discusses these miniature lions below.
When you see or meet a new ginger cat, it’s probably safe to assume that your new feline buddy is a boy. That’s because the gene that produces that ginger color is on the X chromosome. Since girls are XX, that means girl kitties must have two copies of the gene to become redheads. So, what does Fluffy’s family tree look like? If your ginger feline is a girl, then both of her parents were gingers. If your furball is a boy, his kids could be either gingers or tortoiseshell.
Cats are all unique individuals, and they all have their own distinct ‘purrsonas.’ That said, ginger kitties do seem to have some traits in common. Boy gingers tend to be chatty, bold, and active. Your little red pal may yell at you for being late with his dinner, or to tell you to pick him up right meow. Female gingers, on the other paw, are more gentle and laid-back. They’re also not *quite* as verbiose as the boys are.
Ginger cats can have either long or short fur. Some of these pretty kitties even have curls! There are also several variations in the Fluffy’s coat patterns. 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? They are all tabby cats! However, not all tabbies are gingers.
We can’t really discuss ginger cats without talking about the most famous one ever: Garfield! The iconic and beloved ‘Flabby Tabby’ was born in the back of Mama Leoni’s Italian Kitchen back in 1978. The tiny ginger soon realized that lasagna is the best thing ever, and his growing appetite for it almost put the 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 cat? We can help! Contact us, your animal clinic, today.