10 Cat Lover Opinions: Is the Stereotype About Orange Cats Real?

Orange cats are more likely to be males than females, but are they the airheaded species of the feline world? Many hilarious videos of cat antics can be credited to fuzzy, ginger kitties, but can the urban legends be true? Can their sweet, affectionate, and simple nature be attributed to genes? 

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I never really knew that orange or ginger cats had a reputation. It wasn’t until I was running Floppycats that I found out that about their character. I also learned that the majority of orange tabby cats are male.

Let’s delve into what the online cat community had to say about ginger cats’ purr-personalities.

1. Boys and Girls 

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The science side promptly educated me; there is probably no clear relationship between your ginger’s coat and personality. Most cat owners report male orange cats are highly affectionate, unlike female orange cats. While females are considered curious, thoughtful, and somewhat reserved, male cats have no such boundaries. They will run straight into a wall for no reason. 

2. Cool Cats 

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We’ve got testimonials left, right, center, and under the table, next to your cat waiting to bite your feet. The verdict is that orange cats are the coolest cats you’ll come across. They want to be involved with the family, get loads of affection and will sit and sleep next to you with complete ease. They also get along with kids, which is a plus point if you want to adopt one.

“I think the male orange cats are the golden retrievers of cats.”

3. Intelligent Creatures 

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I encountered a lot of disagreement about the intelligence of orange cats. Most offered narratives suggest these cats are just as smart, if not smarter. For instance, many people report their orange felines can open doors and cross the street at a green light as they’ve seen humans do.

One cat lover even considers their cat wiser than most people. Another compared theirs to a private investigator. As a cat owner, it takes precision and skill for my cat to throw the most important items off my table when hungry.

4. Neutered 

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There’s a lot of information about behavioral changes in cats after neutering, like a lack of aggression. However, some believe neutered male kitties get into trouble because of their increasingly curious and friendly nature compared to females. The theory is that their maturation occurs differently after neutering. That may be why so many people joke about them having only one brain cell, which can often freeze up, too.

5. Confirmation Bias 

Three little kittens together with orange cat in the middle.
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This stereotype, as we found, is probably the result of so many people posting dumb moments of their pets online. However, people on the internet have neverending stories that point to another narrative: orange cats are master manipulators.

Think of it like this: they’re friendly, affectionate, energetic, and a pleasure to have around. They can manage to do tricks when the outcome is treaties and are vocal about their needs. But, of course, you’d want them around because of this and give in to almost every demand.

6. Garfield 

large plastic orange Garfield sitting in metal chair in store display

If you don’t know who this cat is, I assume you were never allowed to watch TV or access the internet. But, as someone commented, the most famous orange cat in the world, whose name so many others share, disliked Mondays and enjoyed lasagna. If that’s not smart, we don’t know what is.

7. Hidden Menaces

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It’s not all sweet and fuzzy with these cats. Some of them are downright evil geniuses. They make excellent thieves; many cat owners claim their orange cats steal food from the other cats in the house. They have secret hideout spots to stash their hidden treasures and will not like you getting close.

What’s funny is the resemblance between cats and dragons; both hoard shiny things or stuff to play with. We’d be in real trouble if cats were the size of dragons; I don’t want to think of a gigantic feline swooping down from the sky, grabbing all the jewelry and spare change they could find. This may account for the global shortage of hair ties.

8. Oxymorons 

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People think they’re intelligent dummies. A fond owner speaks of a ginger who would open doors and wake the owner up for food, although his feeder was automatic. He always hoped the owner could force the feeder to speed up the meal delivery. The same cat would run at walls at full speed, a behaviour he never learned to stop.

9. Canine Cat

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A lot of orange cat behaviour is similar to that of dogs. Not only do many people receive the comfort of emotional support from their cats on a bad day, but they are also offered these cuddles and purrs freely. These cats cuddle their owners through rough patches and can identify emotional turmoil.

One moment that had me emotional was when two cats would walk on either side of a kitten so he could hold their tails; the kitten was learning to walk and needed support.

10. The Memes 

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The most apparent explanation is just how internet culture treats cats. Orange cats are considered dumb and sweet; black cats are spooky and elegant. White cats are snobby and pampered, and so on.

We agree they can be extra funny because they’re excellent communicators. They’ll greet you at the door, meow your ears off for treats, and purr comfortably after claiming your lap as a cushion. All in all, they’re lovable, adorable, sweet babies.

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Orange cats aren’t any crazier than any other color of cat. It’s just a stereotype. Yes, you can get crazy orange cats, but you can get crazy cats in any color or pattern. There’s this widespread feeling that orange cats are a little more kooky than others, but it’s not true.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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3 Comments

  1. Patti Johnson says:

    Purrfectly pawesome post, Jenny honey! Lurve me some orange tabbies! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love & purrs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    1. Dougie Max says:

      I have not long had my first children’s book published and
      And the hero in the story is called spanner and he’s a ginger cat. My sales are going reasonably well but thought the book would be of interest to the people who love cats like yourself or other cat lovers. Let me know if you can do anything. I’m happy to send you a copy or go onto Amazon and read reviews on
      minx and spanner
      Thanks for reading
      Dougie Max

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