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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?