Did you know that orange cats get their hue from the same pigment redheads do? Orange cats are certainly one of the most charming types of house pets to have. In addition to that, they are found to be friendly and affectionate compared to other cats.
Today, I will talk about the most popular orange cat breeds. Whether you are planning to adopt or are just a fellow cat enthusiast, you’ll certainly appreciate all the facts!
We are starting off with the oldest known orange cat breed, the Abyssinian. They are believed to be of Egyptian or Ethiopian origins, although scientists still haven’t figured out where they are truly from. I, for one, can definitely imagine this exotic breed getting worshipped by ancient Egyptians!
Abyssinian cats have a short coat, with deeper orange and brown tones to it. They tend to be athletic, playful, curious, and sociable. These qualities make them a great family cat. But they are not the cuddliest, so they don’t make good lap cats.
They are very active, which makes them perfect for training to do cool tricks. However, because Abyssinians are such active cats, you will have to find ways to keep them engaged. This could be done by interactive games or toys. Their short coat makes them less maintenance, as far as cleaning is concerned.
If a beautiful coat is what you are looking for, this is the breed you must check out. Bengal cats are a hybrid breed. They get their genes from several types of cats, including the domestic cat breed, Egyptian Mau, and the Asian leopard cat, which is a wild cat.
These cats are loved for the distinct spotted pattern on their coat, which makes them look like a jaguar or a leopard. Because of the wild cat genes, Bengals have a high prey drive. As a pet, however, they are very gentle and loving. So, they are the perfect combination of gentle yet wild for big cat lovers.
Bengal cats are playful and active, so you can spend hours with them during playtime. They tend to be on the larger side, weighing around 9-15 pounds. They are intelligent cats, which makes them highly trainable.
Their coats come in a range of colors from brown and blacks to orange and cream hues.
Maine Coon Cat
Maine Coons are one of the U.S.’s most popular domestic cats. It is also the largest domestic cat breed, holding the Guinness world record for the longest cat. It is easy to see why they are loved – they are large, fluffy, and extremely friendly.
These cats can grow around 9 to 20 lbs. Some can even go as big as 35 pounds. The growth is slow. It requires 3-5 years to get this big. Do not get alarmed by the large size, though, because they love people very much. Some people refer to Maine Coons as the gentle giants because of their people-loving nature.
These cats come with long, fluffy, and silky coats, which makes them look even bigger. The fur is water repellant and has ebony, orange, cream, brown hues. This coat is high maintenance, however. They have to be regularly groomed and checked because they are susceptible to diseases.
Are Maine coon cats hypoallergenic? They are considered a good choice for people who have cat allergies as they produce less dander than other cats despite their long fur!
One unique thing about Maine Coons is that, unlike most cats, they love water. They can scoop up food and water with their paws.
Persians are the most popular cat breed, and besides orange, they come in other colors such as grey, black, and whites. These luxurious and elegant cats have been loved for decades. The combination of the adorable fluff and laid-back personality is the reason for such popularity.
They are very peace-loving, quiet, gentle, and affectionate cats. This is a breed that enjoys lounging all day, basking in the warmth of sunlight.
Traditionally, Persian cats had a round face and a regular nose. However, many flat-faced varieties can be found now, some of whom have serious health concerns. The short muzzle is cute, but look out for the health of your kitty.
Persian cats are medium to large, weighing around 8 to 12 lbs. Their long fluffy hair requires a lot of maintenance. They need to be brushed daily in order to prevent matting. You should also bathe them monthly to preserve the soft and luxurious feel of their furs.
This might just be the cutest cats featured in this. British shorthairs are loved for their adorably big & dreamy eyes, plush build, and cute round face. They are sometimes compared to stuffed teddy bears because of the thick fur, which needs regular grooming.
Much like Persians, British Shorthairs are also not very demanding. In fact, they are one of the laziest cat breeds, preferring to stay inactive most of the time. That doesn’t keep them from being friendly and highly affectionate, however. You will enjoy owning one for sure.
Some British Shorthairs have Sunfire or orange eyes, which look absolutely gorgeous. The orange tabby British Shorthairs are not very bright orange. Rather, they have the ‘cream’ orange color, which is a diluted variety of the orange gene.
In contrast to the previous breed, Devon Rex is one of the most active and sportiest cat breeds out there. You can always find them exploring the surroundings, jumping, and climbing something.
They are restless and always up to something, which earned them the name ‘monkey in a catsuit.’ In fact, they act more like a dog than their own species. Their coats can take the pattern of any kind imaginable, but the tabby is the most common and comes in a variety of colors from orange through to greys and blacks.
These cats have a rare type of coat. It is short, sparse, and wavy. This unique-looking coat earned them another nickname, the ‘Poodle cat.’ Because of this type of fur, they often get cold. So, don’t forget to make warm beds for your Devon Rex.
Turkish Angora Cat
Hailing from Turkey, the Turkish Angora is one of the most ancient domesticated breeds. Their lineage traces back to the 17th century. These cats have a muscular build, tall ears, and medium to long coats.
Originally, Turkish Angoras were all-white cats. But you can find many different orange coats on them now. In terms of coat patterns, you will find many varieties. These cats can have calico markings, tortoiseshell marking, tabby patterns, and even a solid uniform color.
Turkish Angoras are fond of people as well as their surroundings. They will greet your guests at the door and not shy away from them. This social and playful behavior makes them a very desirable breed. In the case of surroundings, they do not react to changes well. So, it’s better if they are kept in permanent homes.
They are also highly intelligent, which makes them trainable. Since they are very playful, you do need to spend time with them regularly to keep them occupied, but the result of that will be a lifetime bond. So, it is worth it!
These cats have the cutest bobbed tails you’ll ever see on cats. This tail is a result of a genetic mutation. It is also the reason for their popularity, as the genetic mutation also gives them short legs and a stocky build, making them extremely cute.
These friendly cats are intelligent and trainable. You can teach them to walk on a leash, and they will make good walking buddies. They are playful and energetic, too.
American Bobtails are known to create strong emotional bonds with their humans. They are devoted and loving and require constant attention from people.
Interestingly, American Bobtail cats do not meow much. Instead, they prefer to ‘talk’ to people by making cat noises. They even chirp, click, or trill sometimes when they are happy.
I am ending the list with a rare spotted breed of playful cats. Arabian Maus originate from, you guessed it, the Arabian peninsula. They have a medium build, with a white and orange coat.
The coat has a base color of ginger with white stripes on top. It is short, so they do not need much grooming. Apart from the stripes, they may also have spotting like Bengal cats.
Arabian Maus are very quick and agile, accompanied by an athletic body. In fact, they are the fastest domestic cat breed. You need to have enough space for them to move around and exercise.
These full of energy cats are also very fond of people, making delightful friends. They greet people at the door and are known for being sweet to their families. However, it takes a while for them to warm up to new people.
As you may have noticed by now, despite other differences, orange cats are very friendly and loveable. There are more orange cat breeds you can find, but these are by far the most popular ones. Hope you have learned more about these gorgeous feline friends from this article. Thanks for reading!