20 Interesting Facts About the Beautiful Orange Tabby Cat

Blessed Be Thee
There is a legend which says that an orange tabby cat was blessed by Mother Mary because it stayed with Jesus and helped him fall asleep. This is why all orange tabbies have an ‘M’ mark on their foreheads.

When anyone says orange cat, the first thing most people remember is Garfield. The sarcastic, condescending, cynical, and funny feline that keeps giving Jon a very hard time. He has made the orange tabby cat a very famous pet indeed. Orange tabbies are unique cats; the very genetics that goes behind the origins of their coat color is so complicated and specific that they automatically make these cats special.

It is not that they are rare to spot; orange tabbies are quite common and are found in many cat breeds. It is simply the prospect of having such a beautifully-colored cat that is appealing to many owners. The following are some rather fun facts about orange tabby cats that are sure to bring a smile to your face.

Appearances Speak Volumes
The orange tabby cat is not a separate breed. It gets its name due to its appearance.
You will find many orange tabbies with black freckles on their noses.
The orange tabby coat comes in 4 types, classic (swirled), mackerel (striped), spotted and ticked (agouti).
The classic tabby pattern gives the cat a tie-dyed look.
The mackerel pattern makes the cat look like a tiger.
Coat Patterns

Black Agouti Pattern

Agouti Pattern

Golden Spotted Pattern

Spotted Pattern

Golden Striped Pattern

Striped Pattern

Golden Swirled Pattern

Swirled Pattern
It’s All In The Genes
Males have the XY chromosome, wherein the X chromosome must have the orange gene. Females have the XX chromosome, wherein they both must have the orange gene, otherwise, the cat will inherit another coat color.
The orange color is produced due to the presence of the pigment pheomelanin, which produces fur colors in the range of red to cream.
Orange tabbies can have an orange-, red-, or yellow-colored fur.
More than 75% of orange tabbies are males. Similar statistics stand for female calico cats.
Some Famous Gingers in History
Garfield, the famous comic character that everyone knows, and Milo, from Milo and Otis, are orange tabbies.
Winston Churchill’s pet feline Jock was a ginger cat.
Some orange tabbies to star in movies were Orangey from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Spot from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Some More Fun Facts
Other names for this cat are marmalade cat and a ginger cat.
All orange cats are tabbies, but all tabbies are not orange.
The word ‘tabby’ originates from a striped silk material that is produced
near Baghdad.
No ginger tabby has a solid orange coat.
The personality of an orange tabby depends on every individual cat.
Some are friendly and outgoing, while some are aloof and like to be left alone.
The lifespan of an orange tabby depends on its breed, and not on its coat pattern.
The orange tabby loves to eat and has a tendency to become obese.
The orange tabby color is commonly found in Persian, Munchkin, American Bobtail, and British Shorthair, Bengal, Maine Coon, Abyssinian, and Egyptian Mau cats.


Now you know why the orange tabby is so special. These cats are just as loving as those of any other color, but there is a certain charm about their appearance. Get a pet feline of this color, and you will know what we are talking about.

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