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.
Freckles is our biggest cat.
You can see a short little video of Freckles here.
This 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.
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.
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! 😀 ❤
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
i agree, i have nacho, one of the family, and he is an expert napper.
They have made napping a true science! Nacho is a cute name but I couldn’t use it cause I’d always be thinking of food! 😀
As a cat devotee, I enjoyed your various portraits.
Thanks, Sally! 😀
Ginger Tabbies are very special. They have amazing natures. Yours are beautiful, I am sorry you lost Moxie ❤
They certainly are special! Thank you so much. 🙂
oh a sweet story Linda and great photos of your furry babies!! Sorry about Moxie !!
It was really tough at the time. He was so young. Thanks, Cybele. 😀 ❤
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
Thanks, Mags. Oh my gosh, how awful for your little cat. I can’t print what I hope happened to your neighbor. Suffice it to say it’s not Christian thoughts… Hugs! 😀
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 💞 🐥
Thanks, Michelle! I love that video, too! 😀
Sind wunderschön die Katzen liebe liebe Gruße und einen schönen Mittwoch Gruß Gislinde
Thank you, Gislinde! I hope all is well! 😀
I am sorry to hear about Charlie, Linda. These are great pet shots!
Thanks much, Paula. Charlie is healthy and well now, thank goodness. It was tough losing Moxie, though at such a young age.
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????
I have to tell you, Johanna, I am surprised that the bowl still exists! It’s been like a waiting game for me. But, he may be huge but he’s graceful! 😆
The character traits are very Garfield. 😀
That is definitely one true statement there, Rommel! 😆
So sorry to hear about Charlie, Linda. Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing.
Thanks, Amy! Charlie is healthy and strong now. 😀
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!
Thanks, Kirt! We have seven cats and one dog at the moment and they are all very individual! One is a Maine Coon rescue who just happens to be the most laid back cat in the house. He’s also the alpha cat! 😀
Lol….the alpha cat has it down pat….has control without effort:)
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!
Thanks, Tree. Aw, now you’ve got to post some pictures of your Freckles! Can’t wait to see him/her! 😀
I will do that! “He” is very photogenic and has a great story!
I’ll be looking for it! 😀
Such sweet cats. Loves the photos. 🙂
Thanks, Sue! 😀
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 🙂 ❤
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! 😀 ❤
I ❤ gingers, and one day, I am SURE one will appear!! 😀
Or two… or more! LOL 😆
Ohhh only one at a time — eight is my inside limit!!
And eight is plenty. We’re down to seven and it’s a handful! 😀
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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! 😀 ❤
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Lovely kittens Linda… I am also a feline lover and have two cats. Love, Aquileana 😀
Thanks, Aquileana! You’ll have to post some pics one of these days! 😀 Hugs! ❤
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!
I know what you feel. I believe that they are in a happy place reserved for the best of all the creatures, because they are innocent and loving, and I hope we will see them again.
I firmly believe we will see them again. I don’t believe God would allow such a loving bond and then let it end. Love is for eternity! ❤
Absolutely! Love is bigger than anything else in this world.