Cats are known to be finicky, but they also make great pets, and unlike dogs they can be left home alone for a couple of days, unattended of course.  The orange tabby cats actually have the same predominant pigment (pheomelanin) as found in humans with red hair. Most tabby’s have a classic stripe-looking pattern in their fur, often like the mackerel pattern which you see in tigers. The orange cat is sometimes referred to as ‘Marmalade’ and, or ‘Ginger’ for its’ distinguished, colorful red and orange hues.

The orange feline has many traits, but did you know that 96% of their DNA is the same among tigers; but for whatever reasons, the orange tabby cats are mostly male; 4-1, or shall I say about 80%. I had an orange tabby cat, and I can tell you this…his traits were similar to a dog; the minute I arrived home from work (or wherever) he’d greet me at the door. He’d follow me around the house until I gave him attention. In the late evenings, he would wait outside the bathroom door and the minute I opened it… he’d run to the bedroom and jump up onto the bed waiting for me to snuggle. I have had cats before, but this orange tabby was unlike any other cat I had; though some have come close.

The orange tabby is a friendly one for sure, and enjoys eating. One must be careful with cats, because like dogs they will eat too much if you don’t monitor them. Felines love their freedom, but usually won’t indulge in all their food at once; they like to leave some in their dish for grazing. Cats can become obese, so it is important to watch their diets, as they can also become lazy if you don’t exercise them (they enjoy playing with a variety of toys, just like dogs). Their life span in today’s world is approximately 15-20 years with regular vet visits and the right care. Also noted, this feline is a vocal one…and will express themselves whether you’re playing, or are just comforting one another, they are not as shy as other domestic cats. That being said, it takes a little practice using some socialization skills with your feline friend early on, as it helps to build trust (bonding) and helps form (to shape) your cats’ personality.

The ‘M’ marking on this feline tabby, is a historical one (though it’s not been proven) according to certain myths around the world. The story I’m familiar with is the one about how this cat kept the baby Jesus warm, and so…the Virgin Mary began to pet (stroking cats’ forehead) which marked this particular feline with the letter ‘M’. There are similar legends to this one, but in reality…it’s all about the love and characteristics of an animal we choose to call our pet. If you are looking to have a social cat, this orange tabby could be for you…but like many will tell you, let your next furry friend pick you out; the results are fascinating when this happens. Like humans…everyone wants to be loved.

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