All cats are unique and awesome in their own way, but orange tabby cats have a special place in many peoples’ hearts. These felines certainly live up to the hype and they have some features that are exclusive to their genetics. Here are some fun facts about orange cats!
1. Orange tabby cats are almost always male. This is a really interesting fact and it tells us that sex and coat color genetics are somehow related, at least in orange cats. Up to 80% of orange cats are male and nobody knows why.
2. Their coats come in 4 different patterns. The mackerel pattern is what everyone knows as the traditional orange tabby, but there are also cats in a classic pattern, a ticked pattern and a striped pattern. These are all found in regular tabby cats as well, but are an interesting fact regardless.
3. They are often called “marmalade cats” or “ginger cats.” These nicknames have been around for many years to differentiate the black-based tabby cats and the orange tabby cats.