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Orange Cats

Updated on October 9, 2014
A beautiful orange cat rests on a green fence.
A beautiful orange cat rests on a green fence. | Source

Orange Cats Aglow

We love our orange cats! Fiery balls of fur the color of autumn or soft drops of pale apricot fluff, orange can be trimmed in white or conceal a secret spot of black.

Mythology has it that all orange cats are male. This is not true. Orange females do exist. Color is on the x-chromosome and orange is recessive. So if a female has two orange genes, she will be orange. A male, however, only needs one, making orange males more common than females. However, these females are more common than many people believe.

Those who live with orange cats say they are the most affectionate and fun-loving of all the cat colors. I have had the pleasure of caring for two of these kitties. One of them is living with me now and he is a delight!

An Adoptable Orange Cat


This is Hart. He was scheduled to be euthanized on Valentine's Day 2013 at a high kill shelter about two hours east of Louisville. My friend contacted me about the cats in this shelter on February 13, and we devised a plan to rescue the cats.

Hart, along with four other kitties from the same shelter, all on the euthanasia list for February 14, are now in my home. Hart (and four of the other kitties) are currently available for adoption.

Hart is a very laid back boy. He never complains. He enjoys being held, but this easy-going fellow just goes along with the program, whatever it may be. Hart has a sister, Valentine, who needs to be adopted with him.

Update! Hart and his sister were adopted by a wonderful family in March 2013!

Dewey: An Orange Cat Who Saved a Library and a Town

First of all, I had to list my favorite orange cat book. The students at our school read this book two years ago, and I had the privilege of listening to an audio copy with one of the early morning classes that met in our school library.

I found Dewey and his librarian to be both delightful and inspiring. This uplifting book will make you realize that regardless of how bleak and discouraging things may look today, tomorrow can be better. With a great appreciation for the small things in life that are the most important, Dewey shows us that they cannot be overshadowed by problems that look big but in the grand scheme may not be as important.

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

This is one of my favorite books! If you have not read about Dewey, especially if you love orange cats, you really should!


Please Answer a Poll!

Orange cats are eager companions.
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More Books About Orange Cats

While cuddling with your orange cat, you would do well to read a book about an orange cat....maybe an orange cat who solves crimes!

Orange as Marmalade (Biscuit McKee Mysteries Book 1)
Orange as Marmalade (Biscuit McKee Mysteries Book 1)

When Marmalade (a saucy cat) and Biscuit (her librarian human) find a body in the library, clues seem to point to someone local, but nobody asks Marmalade. Besides the dead guy, Biscuit has her own upcoming wedding to deal with - and there's a weirdo stalking her sister.


Orange Kittens! Who could possibly resist these little guys?

What is more fun than a litter of orange and white kittens?
What is more fun than a litter of orange and white kittens? | Source
Cat Spitting Mad: A Joe Grey Mystery (Joe Grey Mystery Series)
Cat Spitting Mad: A Joe Grey Mystery (Joe Grey Mystery Series)

This is a series of mysteries involving two felines with the ability to read, speak and solve crimes. Teens and adults will love this mystery series.


The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery

This is a delightful mystery series starring three kitties who live with a quilt-making mom who keeps stumbling upon murders, although she would rather not.

The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery
The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery

Get this mystery novel as a paperback, or download to your Kindle today. There are lots of other books in this series for you to enjoy, if you like this one.


Orange Cat Decor

Fill your home with cats that won't scratch the furniture! These decor items make wonderful gifts. They are sure to please the cat lover!

More Orange Cat Links

If you are a fan of sunny kitties, looking for marmalade cat facts or just cannot get enough of these beautiful felines, then you've got to check out these links!

Another Poll

A distinguished ginger cat
A distinguished ginger cat | Source

What is your favorite orange item?

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© 2011 Frischy

Thank you for stopping by! - Please tell us about any orange cats you know!

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      3 years ago

      I now have three gorgeous orange female kitties ..... All rescues that seemed to find me.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I do indeed like the ginger toms (fixed of course)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Scarlett O'Hairy is white and orange and a girl. She's beautiful. I loved Dewey, the Library Cat.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Am I getting old? I chose the safety vest as my favorite orange item. Besides the orange cats of course.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I love cats of all colors. Orange cats always make me think of an alley cat but I think that is the image they have been given in cartoons and books.

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      6 years ago

      We are on our second orange cat. First ws a male, second a female. They were/are great cats.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      We had an orange cat with white paws when I was a kid. His name was Boots, but I like some of your suggested names better.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      All cat colors are wonderful. One of my kitties is orange tabby. He was named Pumpkin by his foster mom before he came to me, but I would have named him something not color related if I had named him. He was unadoptable and also unreturnable (as in trap-neuter-return), as a feral born kitten who was neither feral nor tame/domestic. But now he is my sweetheart, very loving and warm. It amazes me that most people would not adopt a cat like him -- and it is their loss. He is living with my friend temporarily due to some unexpected issues, and her family loves him too, as well as her neighbor. He is just too sweet!


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