Every cat is unique and awesome in their own way, however, orange tabby cats have a special place in many peoples’ hearts.
These gorgeous kitties certainly live up to the hype and they have some features that are exclusive to their genetics. Here are just some fun facts about orange cats!
#1 Orange tabby cats are usually male. This is a truly interesting fact and it tells us that sex and coat color genetics are truly somehow related, at least in orange cats. Up to 80% of orange cats are male and nobody knows why.
#2 Their coats come in a total of 4 different patterns. The mackerel pattern is the one everyone knows as the traditional orange tabby, however, there are also cats in a classic pattern, a ticked pattern and a striped pattern. These are all found in regular tabby cats as also, but are an interesting fact regardless.
#3 They are often dubbed “marmalade cats” or “ginger cats.” These nicknames have actually been around for many years to differentiate the black-based tabby cats and the orange tabby cats.
#4 The color actually shows up in many different breeds. Tabby cats are not a breed of cat. In fact, tabby just refers to the coat markings. But orange tabby cats are genetically possible in many different established breeds like Maine Coons, Persians, American bobtails and British Shorthairs.
#5 The orange coat color is actually produced due to the presence of the pigment pheomelanin, which indeed displays colors in the red to cream ranges. The deepness of the orange depends fully on the individual cat and some orange tabbies will be very dark while others will be very light.