Fun Facts about the Silly Orange Cat
As anyone who’s lived with an orange cat can attest, their personalities make them stars. They’re infinitely fascinating felines, so here are some fun facts about the awesome orange cat.
1. All orange cats are tabbies
Did you know there is no such thing as a solid orange cat? Instead, all orange cats are tabbies. It doesn’t matter how faint their stripes are; they’re still there. So all orange cats are tabbies, but not all tabbies are orange.
2. The majority of orange cats are male
The ratio is about 80 percent male to 20 percent female. And it’s not a coincidence — it’s genetics. The X chromosome is what carries the orange coloring. In females, there are two Xs, while in males, it’s XYs. In order to pass on the orange genes to a female orange tabby cat, the sire and dam must be orange. Males, however, only need the orange gene from their mothers.
3. Orange cats have an M on their forehead
If you look closely, you’ll notice an M on your orange cat’s forehead and a pattern in its fur. They’re sometimes called red, ginger, and marmalade tabbies, and their fur patterns can be classic, mackerel, spotted, or ticked. They can even get freckles on their little noses and lips.
4. Orange tabbies are known for being clingy cats
Orange cats are known for loving attention and being snuggly. In addition, orange cats are infamously known for being friendly, silly, outgoing, and funny.
5. Winston Churchill owned an orange cat
Perhaps it’s just a little too fitting that the man who said, “Never, never, never give up,” had an orange tabby cat. Winston Churchill shared his life with an orange tabby cat named Tango. But, of course, he was probably trying to get some sleep in his bed when he came up with the famous line.
6. The creator of Garfield couldn’t think of a better color for his iconic cat
When the creator of Garfield, when asked why he made Garfield orange, said, “In my head, the sky is blue, the grass is green, and cats are orange.”
7. It’s an internet theory that orange cats’ goofy nature is due to them sharing one collective brain cell
In the subreddit “/r/OneOrangeBraincell/,” orange cat owners love showing off their orange tabbies’ silly and often boneheaded nature. The subreddit’s description states: “A sub dedicated to derpy orange cats! “It is widely believed that all orange cats share one communal brain cell” -Unknown.”
Orange cats are as bright, beautiful, and varied as their coats; whether hogging the pillow or purring until you pick them up and pet them, we love our orange babies!
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