5 Surprising Fun Facts About Orange Tabby Cat

Orange tabby cats have been a favorite among pet owners for years with beautiful coats and charming personalities. Orange tabby is a coat pattern rather than a breed of cat. It is a variation of the tabby cat. Almost every orange cat breed you see around is an orange tabby cat. It doesn’t matter whether you love their playful personalities or beautiful colors; orange tabby cats are irresistible to cat lovers. Still, want to know more? Here are a few orange tabby cat facts you might be interested in. 

Characteristics Of An Orange Tabby Cat

Due to the fact that orange tabby cats are not a breed, one might think that they have no common personality characteristics. The orange tabby cat breed is generally affectionate, but it isn’t entirely accurate. Purring and meowing are two common ways orange tabby cats express themselves to their owners. You can’t help but fall in love with orange tabby cats for either their glossy, shimmering coats or affectionate and loving personalities.

1. Orange Tabby Cats Do Not Have Their Own Breed

No matter how much a cat lover loves them, it is common for them to mistakenly believe that ‘tabby’ refers to a particular breed of cat. The word ‘tabby’ actually derives from a striped silk fabric made in Iraq and describes the unique markings on their coat. All orange cats are indeed tabbies, but not all tabby cats are orange.

2. Most Of The Orange Tabby Cats Are Male

No matter how much we’d like to separate orange cats from other breeds, they don’t qualify as their own distinct breed. People often wonder about orange tabby cats: Are they always male? People who love orange tabby cats often wonder about these questions because there are more male orange tabby cats than female ones. There is only one female orange tabby cat in five. Thus, 80% of the orange tabby cat population worldwide is male, and only 20% is female! There are fewer male calico cats than female tabby cats, but not as few as female tabby cats.

3. M Shaped Mark

If you closely examine an orange tabby cat’s forehead, you’ll notice that they wear an attractive ‘M’. Each of them has a distinct “M” marking on its forehead; even orange kitties have the same marking. Many stories are floating around as to why the M is there, but a slightly less magical explanation for orange tabby cats’ M is found in their DNA. In fact, their M marking is a part of the same gene that allows them to have a tabby pattern.

Characteristics of an Orange Tabby Cat

4. They Have Striped Patterns

Interestingly, you’ll never find an orange cat with a solid-colored coat. There are many breeds of pedigreed cats today with the tabby pattern, and the pattern is accepted and used by many popular breeders. Despite the variety of tabby patterns, there are four basic classes. “Tabby points” are also allowed within the color standards for some pointed breeds. All domestic cats also carry the gene for this pattern. Mackerel, classic, ticked, and spotted tabby patterns are the four known distinct patterns with a genetic basis. When part of a patched pattern, any of the four basic patterns can form a fifth pattern called a patched tabby. This pattern has been observed in all five random breeders.

  • Mackerel Tabby: Mackerels are the most common tabby species. These tabbies are the original fur pattern for cats, and they have been around for thousands of years. Despite the wide variety of colors available now, these tabby cats’ stripes are narrow and evenly spaced. They are also available in shorthair and longhair varieties. Besides Mackerel tabbies, they are also known as fishbone tabbies. 

  • Classic Tabby: The classic tabby pattern is distinguished from the marbled pattern by its lighter banded ground color. Tabbies have a distinctive ‘M’ pattern on their foreheads, but their body markings are thick curling bands rather than thin stripes or spots. Furthermore, both sides of their bodies bear distinctive ‘bull’s eye’ marks. A classic black tabby typically has a darker shade of brown against its black, while a classic orange tabby has a deep, richer shade of red than its mackerel counterpart.

  • Ticked Tabby: This cat is also known as an agouti tabby. As a result of even fields of agouti hairs, each having distinct bands of color. And their grey, the ticked tabby pattern makes them appear as if they’re sand-colored. They come in a variety of colors and patterns.

  • Spotted Tabby: The spotted tabby is the outcome of a mutation that breaks up the mackerel tabby pattern, giving it spots. The classic tabby pattern may also be broken up into large spots if the gene for spotted tabbies is present. So there’s no surprise that the most common spotted tabby looks more like the mackerel tabby, which includes those classic markings on the limbs, tail, and head, as well as the ‘M’ on the forehead.

5. Orange Tabby Cats Are Very Talkative

National Geographic has discovered that cat fur color can indicate a cat’s personality. It was found that orange cats are the most friendly cats. You probably know that orange tabby cats are like the Chatty Cathy’s of the cat world if you’ve ever owned one! They enjoy purring and meowing a lot and always want to be near humans. It is well known that they are very loving and don’t hold back when expressing themselves. 

Final Thoughts

Overall these are some facts about the orange tabby cat. They are undoubtedly interesting and adorable as pets. If you are willing to keep a tabby cat at home, don’t think much and bring one home soon.

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier is a New-York based freelance writer, professional blogger and certified dog trainer. She networks shelter pets to help them find homes and volunteers for rescue groups as she is passionate about dog rescue and adoption. From a very early age, she developed extensive animal handling skills from her dad, and that’s where her love for animals started.

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