Why Ginger Cats are Irresistible

18June 2016

For the longest time I never had an orange cat.


I’ve shared my life with black cats, white cats, tabbies, greys
and even a pinkish pussycat.

But never an orange cat.

Then, as good fortune would have it, I suddenly had 2 ginger cats added to our family.
And now, there’s orange orange everywhere!

Hamish has passed his orange tabby cat genes on to his little boy, Hector. Both these boys add stripes and white bellies to their bright orange outfits.
It’s a bold fashion statement that they can’t really back out of.

Hector and Hamish are a double dose of personality overload.
They make me laugh every single day.

They’re living proof that once you go orange, you can never go back.

6 Reasons You Just HAVE to Love Orange Cats

Ginger cats are the natural comedians of the feline world.
They’re hilarious without even trying.
Here are just some of the ways they can make you laugh without lifting a paw.

1. Ginger cats are always wearing high-vis vests.

An orange tabby cat doesn’t exactly blend in to the garden like a professional hunter.
This is the worst attempt at camouflage ever.

You couldn’t miss Hector or Hamish even if you closed your eyes.
But that doesn’t seem to bother them at all.

orange cats are highly visible

Crouched like peak predators, these boys are ready to take down passing bids in a single leap.

Never mind that the birds are about ½ a mile above in the sky. Some of them are actually bigger than these glow-in-the-dark striped pussycats.

But even if the birds were tiny and within reach, there’s zero chance of a successful ambush attack. These ginger cats are nowhere near being invisible.

2. Ginger cats are optimists

Hector and Hamish are quite different, but both have incredibly sunny personalities.

It’s rare to catch them in a bad mood.
They expect good things to happen, and they’re never disappointed.

ginger cats are happy

Even if the food bowl is empty and I haven’t moved for an hour, they’ll still trot over to check if dinner has miraculously arrived, their tails up and hopeful.

And if the bowl is still empty, that doesn’t worry them either.
They simply howl until they get what they want.

Life is good when you’re an orange tabby cat.

3. Ginger cats are pleasure seekers

An orange cat has no shame when it comes to seeking out the best things in life.

If there are cuddles on offer, ginger cats are first in line.

orange tabby cat is a pleasure seeker
If there’s a fire blazing in the grate on a winter’s night, I know where to find Hector and Hamish. Front and centre on the hearth, stretched out on their backs, super heated, and too deeply relaxed to even remember to purr.

Orange cats also take immense pleasure at the sight of dinner arriving.

Their whole heads deep in the cat food bowls, you can hear their lip-smacking delight and joyful crunching clearly from the next room.

4. Ginger cats often snore

Until Hector and Hamish came into our lives, I’d never had a snoring cat.
Now I have two.

these cats snore

But these boys whiffle and snort away on the sofa as they grab another quick 8 hour nap.

The rest of the time they breathe perfectly silently.
But once they head off into dreamland, those bright orange snoring machines are off again.

5. Ginger cats don’t just purr – they roar

In my experience, orange cats don’t bother with a quiet little vibrating purr.

When something makes them happy (and that’s about 100 times a day), they open their pussycat motor to a full throttle rumble.

If an orange tabby cat is feeling good about his life, you’ll hear all about it.

6. Ginger cats are intense

Some cat behaviorists believe that cats are uneasy with sustained eye contact. In the cat world, a stare can be seen as threatening.

But that rule simply doesn’t apply if you’re an orange cat!

These pussycats like any kind of contact, and the more extreme the better.

these are intense cats

Hector and Hamish will stare at me until I start chatting to them.
They sit between me and my computer when I’m trying to write.
They throw themselves directly in front of my legs when I’m making dinner.
They actively search the house for a friendly human when they need company.

Hector even leads me over to the food bowls so I can chat to him while he has dinner.

Orange cats are outrageous. They’re demanding.
They make you laugh out loud with their larger than life personalities.

How could you not completely adore them?

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Liz Hardy is the founder of, where cats are not just pets – they’re family.
  • I agree! My ginger cat runs to me when I come in and meows while he looks me in the eye. He is larger than life and very affectionate/1

    • Hehe, that’s more ‘evidence’, Jenny! The gingers are intense little creatures alright! Hector’s climbing on my keyboard right this second…

  • I had a ginger years ago who I called Chuck. By far, of all the cats I’ve had the pleasure to care for, Chuck was the mellowest, most easing going creature ever. No drama, no demands, just there for hugs and love. Such a sweetie. I’ve noticed a similar mellowness with other gingers I’ve met.

    • How lovely, Noelle! Yes, there’s a real simple goofiness about all the orange cats I’ve met. They’re just here for love! It’s that simple.

  • My Dublin – named for the pub where he was found – is full of gingery goodness. This article describes him almost purrfectly, & I chuckled over the anecdotes you shared.

    I’ve had a soft spot for ginger kitties since Sam, my family’s ginger when I was a small girl. When Dublin entered my life, he chose me out of everyone else in the room, & it was love at first paw & chin on my knee.

    We’ve been together, you could say, since 6 December 2008, & I look forward to many, many more years together. <3

    • “Love at first paw”! – how gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, Michelle – Dublin really does sound like he’s full of gingery goodness!

  • When I was a girl, our first cat was a ginger girl. That was when they were rarer. Ginger boys are laid back, but the girls are a bit feistier.

    • Interesting, Teri! I think ginger girls are still quite rare, it’s much more common for them to be boys. But a ginger cat of any kind is a great addition to the family, I think! 🙂

  • I have two ginger cats (and a webcomic series dedicated to them ), but I have to say that their camouflage is very far from the worst… when it’s summer, and all the grass is yellow/orange, they blend so well with it that I can’t even see them! While it’s very easy to spot a white or a grey cat. And Lily is always (or almost always) successful with her hunts: even the birds can’t see her! Also, our ginger cats purr and don’t roar, none of them ever snored (and we always had ONLY ginger cats) and they never stare. But if there’s a thing that both you and I think it’s that ginger cats are irresistible… for a lot of motivations 😉

  • You found me on twitter and I love your website! We have 4 cats inside and a colony of 5 outside (they adopted us when we moved in!). One of our inside cats is a female ginger, Jasmine Aka Devil Cat! She is very loving but extremely curious and mischievous! She snores like a freight train! We had a make ginger, Maney and he was much more laid back. Despite his flaming orange, Max was a fierce hunter. Back to Jazzy. She has taught our other cats all sorts of terrible tricks! But like a dog, she is always waiting for me by the door. She begs for food at the table (hubby has no restraint!) Jazzy expects him to scoot over so she can crawl up behind him to wait for a bite of whatever we’re having. If the bite doesn’t come fast enough, Jasmine is quick to reach out with her paw and nudge his arm. She is more patient with me because I won’t put up with that. No, her approach with me after she has exhausted Dad’s generosity is to hop up in my lap and purr as loud as possible. She gives me the kitty eyes–the blinky eyes like Puss in Boots in Shrek. She does it nonstop till I feel sorry for her, can’t resist those eyes and that purr! She is a fearless, troublesome bundle of love and possibly the smartest cat we’ve ever had (sorry guys). Thanks for the great article and website!

    • Thanks for your lovely comments, Angela! Wow, so you’re effectively living with nine pussycats!! Can we call that a tribe?? 😉

      • We call it a colony but tribe works too. We have a rehabilitation suite (sometimes used as our college son’s bedroom). A male ginger from the outdoor colony is using it now, recovering from a nasty bite to the bum. He spent a week in the hospital and will have spent over a week in our “rehab” before rejoining his family outdoors.

        Yes, it’s crazy cat city here! We wanted a rescue farm … still waiting for the farm! My stories and their daily antics are on FB and Ibstagram. You can’t believe what I just caught Jasmine doing 2 stories high! Love your page! I shared it on FB. I’m on there as Angela Thompson Howell. Meow for now!


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