There isn’t a cat lover on the face of the earth who hasn’t heard about ginger tabbies. I’ve been fascinated by them since I was a little child, and I’m a huge fan of all things Garfield. Female tabbies are considerably less common than male tabbies, although they do happen. However, as we all know, ginger tabbies are mostly male. And do you know what else we know about ginger tabbies? They’re typically laid-back, sociable felines who enjoy spending time with their pets and humans. Have you ever wondered why these orange cats are typically very friendly? Let’s look at it more closely…
While ginger tabbies are known for their sociable disposition, tuxedo cats are known for their over-the-top cattitude. Anyone who has ever lived with a tuxedo cat understands precisely what I mean when I say that these cats are the kings and queens of cattitude.
Even more intriguing is the fact that coat color/pattern as well as similar behavioral characteristics have been seen in a variety of mammalian species. Foxes and rats are only a few examples. While many redheads are considered to be fiery in people, this is not the case with ginger cats. A ginger tabby will, on average, be outwardly friendly more often than not. These cats are renowned for loving other people’s company, whether it’s humans or other animals. From the time I was a child, I’ve owned four ginger tabby cats. Pookie, Gus, Mr. Purple, and Tom, all of these four cats, have even gone for walks with me in my neighborhood, much to the surprise of my neighbors.
A lot of studies have looked at the relationship between cat coat and disposition to determine if the two are linked in any ways. While it looks that studies on all sorts of cat colors and patterns are not always definitive, male ginger tabbies were noted for being sociable, calm, and not readily frightened when compared to other cats. They’re also known for being sociable, but female gingers are said to be a touch more soft spoken than male gingers. As a result, they aren’t scaredy cats that are distant and standoffish. Which explains why they’ve been called the “friendliest” of all cats time and time again.
Female ginger tabbies, on the other hand, have been described as “flighty,” suggesting that not all ginger tabby cats are recognized for their placid demeanor.
Because the gene that makes a cat’s coat red or cream is also responsible for those stripes, you won’t see a plain red, orange, or cream cat without the characteristic tabby patterns.
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