Ginger Tabbies: Michelle’s Weekly Pet Share

Ginger tabby is a coat pattern and not a breed, but any human who lives with one of these cats will tell you her baby has a distinct personality. Evidence is mostly anecdotal, but color and some aspects of temperament are genetic, so it’s certainly possible these traits are linked.

If you think your orange baby is easy-going, you’re not alone. In the early 20th century, George Ware, the owner of a cat boarding center, formed his own theory of color and temperament and described ginger tabbies as “big softies and laid back to the point of laziness. Like being stroked, but dislike being picked up and cuddled.” A 1973 book published by Pedigree Foods described ginger tabbies as “quiet, docile and affectionate.” In a recent study at the University of California, cat owners were asked to attribute personality traits to their cats. Orange cats were most often characterized as friendly. –[The Nest]

In 2010 we ended up with three little male tabby kittens in our garage who soon migrated into our home — two ginger, Charlie and Freckles, and one black, Moxie.  Here is a bit of their story.

2010-07-04 Freckles_Fotor

Freckles is our biggest cat.
You can see a short little video of Freckles here.

2013-09-06 Charlie_FotorThis is Charlie, Freckles’ brother. He had a bit of a rougher time when he was younger. He suffered from urinary blockage as a young kitten and spent two weeks in the hospital. It was touch and go. Even the vet wasn’t sure he could clear him up. But he’s a little fighter. That was in 2011 and he recovered nicely. We keep him on a special diet and he’s doing great. He always wants to be close but he doesn’t like to be picked up.
You can see some more shots of Charlie here.

2014-11-19 Charlie-Freckles_Fotor

They love sleeping together.

I mentioned a third brother, Moxie, pictured below with Charlie. He, too, developed a urinary blockage shortly after Charlie. I’m sad to say we weren’t so lucky with him. We were not able to save him.

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53 comments on “Ginger Tabbies: Michelle’s Weekly Pet Share

  1. fozziemum says:

    Poor baby 😦 and yes the ginger tab! we have had two ginger female tabbies..both smoochy Squash we lost at 17 her brother (a friend adopted) lived to 16 ..Dinnermintz is 8 ..pluxurious and yes a tad ..lazy …but ever so gorgeous..gingerbread kitties are divine 🙂 lovely pics 🙂 loves BEV XX

    • They are unique! Love that word – pluxurious! Wow, two female gingers? Fairly uncommon to my understanding. I heard 75% of all ginger tabbies are male! 😀 ❤

      • fozziemum says:

        Very unusual..Dinnermintz came as a foster ..three times! due to flu..third time lucky we adopted her..not ling after our ginger Squash passed away..was meant to be ;)mand yes pluxurious is the word I invented to describe Dinnermintz …and her size 😉 xxx

  2. ksbeth says:

    i agree, i have nacho, one of the family, and he is an expert napper.

  3. As a cat devotee, I enjoyed your various portraits.

  4. DailyMusings says:

    Ginger Tabbies are very special. They have amazing natures. Yours are beautiful, I am sorry you lost Moxie ❤

  5. oh a sweet story Linda and great photos of your furry babies!! Sorry about Moxie !!

  6. Mumsy's Little Chancy Man says:

    So sorry about sweet Moxie, you did what you could. Loved the bowl of Freckles video, so cute and his little toes are special. I had a very loving male ginger tabby back in the 70’s. I still miss that sweetie today. I cried for weeks when he was shot by a neighbor. Love all your pictures of your sweeties. Hugs and nose kisses

  7. That is so interesting about ginger cats. I love that video of Freckles in the bowl, that is the sweetest. So sorry about Moxie. Thank you for your lovely contribution Linda 💞 🐥

  8. giselzitrone says:

    Sind wunderschön die Katzen liebe liebe Gruße und einen schönen Mittwoch Gruß Gislinde

  9. Paula says:

    I am sorry to hear about Charlie, Linda. These are great pet shots!

  10. Oh what a beauties! and of course so fortunate to have ended up at your peaceful home! And I am sure that Moxie had a good life with you.
    The video is hilarious. I was so amazed when Freckles stepped out of the bowl…how did than ginormous cat fit in there, and groomed himself without tipping????

  11. rommel says:

    The character traits are very Garfield. 😀

  12. Amy says:

    So sorry to hear about Charlie, Linda. Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing.

  13. Beauties…love animals!! It’s interesting the different traits different types of cats have…. we have always had cats and periodically over the years mixed with dogs….we currently have two Maine Coons that think they are dogs (sisters) very social animals!! Great pics!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. treerabold says:

    I am so sorry to hear Moxie didn’t make it. They are all 3 beautiful babies.
    I am excited to share that I have a dog named Freckles!

  15. Sue Slaght says:

    Such sweet cats. Loves the photos. 🙂

  16. DG MARYOGA says:

    Instead of writing my humble comment,I am reading and re-reading their story,your commentary and I am watching the video from your previous post,which I had then enjoyed … Looks magnificent in the ball .. Loved your post,glad Charlie is fine now,but sad for the lost black beauty … Hugs to you dear friend 🙂 ❤

  17. Oh, thank you so much, Doda. I must say I do love that video of Freckles! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Have a fabulous rest of the week! Hugs! 😀 ❤

  18. becca givens says:

    I ❤ gingers, and one day, I am SURE one will appear!! 😀

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  20. We had a ginger tabby too. He run away when he was two and a half years old 😦 We noticed that they all are very easy to handle in comparison with other coloured kitties. Freckles and Charlie are lovely, also your little Angel Moxie was. Too bad they have to leave us…sigh… Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤

    • Oh, I’m sorry you lost your little ginger. I might have been tempted to agree with you on the “easy to handle” but lately Charlie seems to be taking delight in trying to intimidate my two youngest — a black and a black & white (females). Sigh… Have a wonderful weekend! 😀 ❤

  21. Aquileana says:

    Lovely kittens Linda… I am also a feline lover and have two cats. Love, Aquileana 😀

  22. inesephoto says:

    Ginger tabbies are very elegant and beautiful. I am so sorry for Moxie…

    • Thanks, Inese. I often wonder if our regular vet had been there when we rushed him in if we might have had a different outcome. I never had any confidence in the other vet and felt she waited too long to begin treating him. But it’s over and done and Moxie is free and happy and playing with all our other furrbabies who have moved on!

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