Do you have an orange kitty? If so, you may want to give Fluffy some catnip, or perhaps a special treat: it’s Ginger Kitty Appreciation Day! Cats come in all sorts of patterns and colors, and we think they’re all adorable. However, ginger kitties definitely have some raving fans! A vet discusses these miniature lions below.
One interesting fact about ginger cats? Most of them are boys. The gene that produces that ginger color is on the X chromosome. Since females are always XX, that means female kitties need two copies of the gene to become redheads. So, what does your pet’s family tree look like? If Fluffy is a girl ginger, then both of her parents were gingers. If your furry pal is a boy, his kids could be either gingers or tortoiseshell.
One thing we know about cats: They are all unique individuals, and they all have their own ‘purrsonalities.’ That said, ginger kitties do seem to have some traits in common. Boy gingers tend to be chatty, bold, and active. Your fuzzy red buddy 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 usually much more gentle and laid-back. They’re also not *quite* as outspoken.
Fluffy’s Fashion Sense
Ginger kitties can have long or short fur, and can even have curls! There are also several variations in their coat patterns. These include classic, or swirled, as they are sometimes called; mackerel, or striped; spotted; ticked; and patched. Another interesting fact about ginger cats? They are all tabbies! However, not all tabbies are gingers.
We can’t really discuss orange cat without talking about the most famous one: Garfield! The beloved ‘Flabby Tabby’ was born back in 1978, in the back room of Mama Leoni’s Italian Kitchen. It didn’t take the tiny ball of sarcasm very long to realize that lasagna is the best thing ever. The sardonic kitten’s rapidly growing appetite for it almost put the restaurant out of business! Fortunately, cartoonist Jon Arbuckle adopted the sarcastic feline. The rest is history. Of course, we can’t forget to mention Morris, the cat food spokeskitty (or technically, spokeskitties) that captured millions of hearts back in the 80’s.
Do you have questions about your ginger cat? Contact us, your animal clinic, today!