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8 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Ginger Tabby Cats
Do you have a ginger tabby? They're pretty special!
Cheryl Knight
12.27.18

What is so special about cats, especially ginger tabby cats? Orange in shade, many popular cats throughout the years have been orange, including 9Lives cat food mascot Morris the Cat, lasagna lover and cartoon cat Garfield, and Orangey, who was a movie star in his time, starring alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Here are some things you might not have known about ginger tabby cats.

Ginger Tabby Cats are Totally Chill

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Ginger tabby cats like to chill out during the day and stick close to their owner’s side. The temperament of a orange cat is such that not only are they more friendly, they are also more affectionate than the average house cat. This penchant for chilling can lead to other problems, such as weight gain due to lack of exercise.

Ginger Tabby Cats are Have a Variety of Names

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The names of ginger tabby cats vary across the spectrum, but most seem to refer to their colorations. Some examples of popular ginger tabby cat names include Marmalade, Tabby, Gingy, and Ginger, among many others. They even garner nicknames in addition to the names given to them by their owner.

Ginger Tabby Cats are Not a Specific Breed

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Ginger tabby cats are not a specific breed, ranging across several different breeds. The name ginger tabby actually refers to their orange coloration. As a matter of fact, you can find ginger tabbies in breeds such as Persians, Oriental Shorthairs, and Main Coons, just to name a few.

Ginger Tabby Cat Coats Come in One of Four Patterns

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While ginger tabby cats seem to come in a variety of patterns, the actual number of patterns they come in is four. The four patterns include spotted, mackerel, striped, and ticked. And while all of the patterns have a slightly different look, ginger tabbies are always their signature color of orange.

Ginger Tabby Cats Can Get Fat Really Easily

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If you own a ginger tabby cat, keep in mind that they put on weight very easily, even becoming obese in some cases. This boils down to the fact that ginger tabbies like to lay around and chill, as well as eat. To prevent them from gaining too much weight, control how much they eat and make sure they get plenty of exercise.

They Supposedly Were Marked by the Virgin Mary

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If you believe people of the Catholic faith, ginger tabbies get the distinctive “M” on their foreheads from th34e Virgin Mary. It would seem that an ginger tabby comforted the baby Jesus. As a reward, Mary marked the forehead of the tabby cat as a reminder to the world of its kinds service.

Ginger Tabby Cats Have Freckles

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Many ginger tabby cats have freckles on their noses, which are also pink. This is a result of their genetics and is linked to their orange color. In addition to their noses, orange cats have freckles in other places on their body, including their eyes, lips, and gums. As they age, the freckles become more widespread.

Most Are Male

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About 80 percent of ginger tabbies are male. This is because the orange coloration of the male comes from his mother, who has two X chromosomes. Males only need one X chromosome to get orange hair, while females need two, which greatly increases the number or male ginger tabbies.

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By Cheryl Knight
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Cheryl Knight is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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