Want a cat who looks just like Garfield? Or maybe you just love the vivacious look that orange cat breeds tend to have.
But don’t be fooled – just because these ginger beauties look like Garfield, they don’t take after him personality-wise.
Among the orange cat breeds, you’ll find some of the most vibrant, active, and athletic cats in all the feline world. The best part? They’re as sweet and affectionate as they come!
But before we meet these orange cat breeds, there are a few things about orange cats you’ll want to know…
Orange Cat Fun Facts
Many orange cats are just tabby cats. A tabby cat is simply any domestic cat that has a coat with stripes, dots, line, or swirling patterns accompanied by the typical tabby “M” on the forehead. Tabby cats have the distinction of being the most common felines, but they’re not actually recognized as a breed.
It’s easy to think they are a breed since their orange coats give them a very distinct appearance, but alas, they are not. That being said, tabby cats are adorable and make lovely companions – breed or not.
There are more orange tabby males than females. For some reason unknown to even the smartest amongst us, there are a lot more male orange tabby cats than females. In fact, it’s so statistically skewed that there are around 8 males for every 2 females!
No tabby cat has a solid orange coat. As mentioned above, tabby cats have stripes, dots, or some sort of pattern on their coats. There is simply no such thing as a solid orange tabby….’though there are orange cat breeds with more or less solid orange fur.
And that’s what we’ll be focusing on in this article: orange cat breeds. As ginger as the regular tabby is, a tabby cat is not a cat breed so he won’t be included in this list (sorry, tabby, we love you anyway!). Instead, all the orange cat breeds you’ll find here belong to a recognized cat breed.
So, without further ado, here are the bright orange cats of the feline world!
With bobbed tails as unique as human fingerprints, I’m a special cat. True to my wildcat looks, I’m not opposed to some rumblin’ tumblin’ fun like hunting and going for swims, but despite my powerful appearance, I have the gentle, loving disposition of a kitten and get along with pretty much everyone. Read more about the Kurilian Bobtail.
True to my wildcat lineage, I am a fearless feline – exceptionally fast on my feet and capable of heart-stopping feats of athleticism, like leaping six feet into the air! I’m clever, too, which means I’ll be able to navigate to the highest, most out-of-reach spots around the house…better stash away your valuables. Read more about the Chausie.
Love the cuddly good looks of the Persian but can’t deal with all the fur? Then I’m purrfect for you, since I’ve got all the adorable looks of the Persian minus the high-maintenance coat. I’ve even inherited the Persian’s easy-going, affectionate disposition, but with another crucial difference – I’m actually active and playful.
Another bonus? I’m the cat breed most cited to have been the inspiration for Garfield. Read more about the Exotic Shorthair.
I’m a high-spirited stunner with looks that rival the sacred cats portrayed in Egyptian murals. But I’m no elegant lap cat – I prefer to live life on the edge, fueled by my insatiable curiosity to climb to the highest heights of the home, investigate everything my humans are up to and explore anything that catches my ever-alert attention. Read more about the Abyssinian.
Vibrantly colored and with a full-plume tail, I look like – and have the cunningness of – a fox. Yes, I’m a clever cat and I use my smarts to investigate every nook and cranny of the house, learn how to open closed cabinets, and knock various objects off high places to see how they land. I admit, I can be a handful but good-natured, sociable nature makes me worth the trouble. Read more about the Somali.
With my huge eyes and droopy ears, I am possibly the cutest cat that ever lived. But my cuteness isn’t just fur-deep – I am cute to the core. Sweet, gentle, and good-naturedly docile, I get along with everyone and retain my kitten-like playfulness well into adulthood. Oh, did I mention I rock at posing for pictures? Read more about the Scottish Fold.
My large eyes and ears combined with my short, wavy coat has earned me a few nicknames, including ‘elf cat’ and ‘poodle cat,’ but the most accurate is ‘monkey in a cat suit’ for my dexterous climbing and jumping abilities as well as my people-pleasing performances. Read more about the Devon Rex.