We all know the original ginger cat, Garfield. This lasagna-eating kitty with a sarcastic sense of humor has pretty much-raised generations of kids, from comic books to live-action movies. So you’re probably here to find your own little Garfield cat breed, right?
Finding the right one for you can be challenging with so many different orange cat breeds. There’s the naughty Devon Rex, the active and playful Bengals, and the lazy Scottish Folds. There are even some breeds that you didn’t know had a ginger version. So, to help find your own orange kitty, let’s dive into 27 common orange cat breeds.
27 Types of Orange Cats
From the Abyssinian to the Turkish Angora and everything in between, here are 27 adorable ginger cat breeds.
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The adorable and regal Abyssinian is a cat breed with one of the richest orange colors. It is unclear whether they originate from Ethiopia or Egypt, but what is clear is that they are absolutely gorgeous and super graceful.
These kitties have short coats and are very low maintenance, even though they look like they come straight out of a beauty ad. Abyssinian orange cats are very social and intelligent, which means they love to hang around you or your family or friends and can also be taught some party tricks.
2. American Bobtail
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As their name suggests, American Bobtails have a cute bobbed tail that gives them a distinctive look. These playful cats can weigh between 7 and 16 lbs, so they can get quite big. However, they’re super sweet and affectionate.
Their long coats come in a range of colors, including ginger shades. However, they can also come in black, white, blue, and fawn colors. They’re very energetic and active and need to stay stimulated, so they need a lot of toys and playtime. You can even get a leash and teach them to go on walks with you. They also form strong bonds with their owners and are pretty loyal.
3. American Curl
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The American Curl is a bright and sweet ginger cat with unique curly cue ears. These fluffballs have short or long silky fur that comes in gorgeous colors, including red, calico, orange, tortoiseshell, and gold. American Curls are the embodiment of 50 Shades of Ginger.
They have sweet, outgoing personalities and love to be around people. They also adapt easily to their environments, making them great kitties for travelers.
4. American Shorthair
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The American Shorthair is a big baby, weighing between 6 and 15 lbs. So, you have your work cut out for you when it comes to carrying these furballs around. Because of their size, they’re known as working cats and are thought to have arrived in the US via the Mayflower.
The shorthair has a short, thick coat that can come in various colors, from calico to tortoiseshell. They can even have a tabby pattern with thick stripes, which make them look similar to tabby cats. These babies are great family pets due to their loyalty and sociability – they love being around people but stick closely to their owners.
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Bengals are pretty much tiny leopards. They were created as a hybrid between the domestic cat and the Asian leopard. Thanks to their ancestors, they also have gorgeous spots on their fur that come in various colors on an orange-tinted base. They can weigh between 8 and 15 lbs, so luckily, they’re not as big as actual leopards.
They’re one of the most expensive cat breeds, though, as people pay thousands for these jungle doppelgangers. However, they’re very sweet and playful, and incredibly active. You need to have cat toys around to continue having a couch to sit on.
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Birman cats are among the most recognizable orange cats due to their unique tabby pattern. Their markings are usually symmetrical and extend from their chest to their legs. Birmans have a single coat that can range between medium and long in length. However, they don’t need nearly as much grooming as other long-haired breeds.
These kitties are super friendly and make great family pets due to the bonds they form with children. They’re also super playful and enjoy a good lazy cuddle with their humans. So, a good cat bed is a must for these furballs as they are drawn to warmth and comfort.
7. British Shorthair
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The British Shorthair is a sturdy and heavy kitty, weighing between 8 and 16 lbs. They’re usually known for a silvery gray coat but come in various colors, including calico and golden tabby patterns. Their fur is short and thick, contributing to their heavy build.
A British Shorthair is perfect if you want a sweet kitty who isn’t too clingy. They’re a calm and independent breed, owing to their British ancestry. So you can grab a cup of tea and sit in the sun while sipping it, and your cute kitty will be lounging right next to you. However, they won’t follow you if you decide to do something else.
8. Chausie Cat
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The Chausie Cat is an adorable kitty commonly known as a miniature cougar. This Ancient Egyptian breed has distinctive physical features and cat behaviors from their wildcat lineage, such as being skittish and good at climbing.
These elegant kitties are low maintenance with their short coats and adorable big ears. They also come in various colors and patterns, including shades of orange. These short hair orange cats are very extroverted and love being around people. However, their skittish nature makes them untrustworthy of strangers. Chausie cats are also quite curious and love to explore.
9. Cornish Rex
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The Cornish Rex is known as a weird-looking cat. However, their weirdness contributes to their unique beauty. These kitties are known for being charming and playful. Their coats are short and curly or wavy and range in color from black, gray, white, lilac, red, calico, tabby, and tortoiseshell.
The ears and cheekbones of the Cornish Rex give them their distinct look. These adorable kitties are goofballs even though they look very serious. They’re super alert, eager to play with you, and do not like being left out and ignored. So if you have an orange Cornish Rex, invest in many interactive toys to keep them entertained.
10. Devon Rex
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Another rex, the Devon Rex, also has a distinct look that ties into their mischievous nature. These babies can weigh between 5 and 9 lbs and have short fur that’s also curly or wavy. They come in various colors, with ginger and orange shades being rarer than others.
They might look a bit serious, too. However, they want to have fun and enjoy the company of their owners. These loving kitties are super social and can learn tricks, so be sure to teach them some fun stuff from a young age. They’re also super devoted to their owners.
11. Egyptian Mau
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Their unique markings and slender bodies can identify the Egyptian Mau with a slight muscular build. These sweethearts have short, thick fur with a mau marking — a series of dark spots that run along their backs.
These fur babies are very active and playful. They love to chase toys and play games, so interactive and electronic toys are a must if you don’t have the time to keep them entertained. They are also super sociable and love being around their humans.
12. Exotic Shorthair
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The gentle Exotic Shorthair was bred from Persian cats. They were specifically created to have shorter and denser coats that are easier to care for than their Persian counterparts.
Luckily, the different colors of the Persian cats have been passed down to them, so with some luck, you can find a gorgeous red, gold, or orange Exotic Shorthair. They also come in calico, tortoiseshell, and tabby patterns. These sweet cats are incredibly affectionate and love to lounge on your lap and cuddle.
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The LaPerm’s name was chosen for a reason. These kitties look like they indulged in the perm craze of the 90s. Their coats can be short or long. However, the standout is the curly texture of their fur. They’re adorable little balls of curls.
These kitties can be found in different hues of bright red and orange. They adapt easily to their environments and are doting, sweet furballs. They also love to play, so be sure to have a lot of toys around for them.
14. Maine Coon
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The Maine Coon is one of the biggest cat breeds out there. They’re enormous, weighing between 12 and 25 lbs. Add on the long, silky coats, and they look even bigger than they are. So if you want a cat the size of a medium dog, this is the breed for you. They also come in various colors, with deep red and bright orange being part of that range.
Even though these kitties are so big, they’re super sweet and intelligent. These fluffy orange cats are also one of the friendliest cat breeds. The main point of their coats is not to be intimidating but to keep them warm in the winter or if they’re outside (although whether they want to be outside is up for debate).
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These goofy kitties are super adorable with their round faces and tiny little bobtails. The Manx breed weighs between 8 and 12 lbs and can have a short or long coat. They come in various colors and patterns, including red, orange, tortoiseshell, tabby, and calico.
They’re also working cats believed to have originated in the Isle of Man. They’re incredibly loyal to their owners but very goofy and playful.
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Munchkins are true to their name. They were named after the Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz, so it’s no surprise they’re tiny kitties with big personalities. These babies weigh between 6 and 9 lbs and have tiny little legs. These adorable furballs have short coats in various colors and patterns, including any possible orange variation.
Munchkins are intelligent and playful creatures who love to play even with their shorter-than-average legs. However, they love to steal things and hide them away, so keep an eye on your valuables, especially if they’re shiny. Munchkins are the crows of cats.
17. Norwegian Forest
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Norwegian Forest cats are incredibly majestic creatures. They can weigh between 8 and 18 lbs, most of which is just hair. Their coats are super long and coarse, and they also have a double coat to keep them warm since they originated in complex mountainous areas in Norway. They’re known for their tabby mix, which is usually white and either a gorgeous red or orange color.
These kitties are independent and strong-willed but also loving and super sweet. They’re giant in both size and personality. If you want a fluffy kitty with a lot of love and affection, this orange and white cat breed is the one for you.
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If you’re looking for a domestic cat that looks like they came straight out of the wild, the Ocicat is the one for you. These kitties were bred to create a spotted wild-looking animal while maintaining their domestic nature. These little leopards are known for their short spotted coats, with the darkest parts around the tip of the tail and the back of their legs.
Their colors range from cinnamon to light orange with darker orange markings. There is even a silver cinnamon color, where the base of their coat is silvery while the markings are orange. They love spending time around their humans and have a lot of energy – perfect for playtime with the kids.
19. Oriental Shorthair
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The Oriental Shorthair is another unique-looking cat on this list. However, they’re adorable and very regal looking with their unique features. They can weigh between 5 and 10 lbs and were bred to explore the possibilities of different colors and patterns, so red and orange are definitely in that mix.
These sweethearts are very smart and quite affectionate with their owners. They love to be near you, whether you’re in the bathroom or making food (although the latter might have more to do with the food).
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Persian cats are well known for their distinctive fluffy white fur. However, did you know they also have an orange version? Persians come in various colors and patterns, including calico, tabby, and tortoiseshell.
Their coats are thick and luxurious; however, they do require a lot of grooming. These babies can weigh between 7 and 12 lbs and have quiet demeanors. They’re charming and would prefer to lounge around on your lap than be out exploring.
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Ragdolls are another breed of cat known for their characteristic coat pattern. While most Ragdolls are white with darker tabby markings, some orange and tabby versions of these sweet kitties exist too. The thing that will attract you is their big cat eyes that make them look like little dolls. Nobody can say no when Ragdolls flash their eyes at you.
Their coats are semi-long-haired and very plush, almost feeling like rabbit fur. Ragdolls are very friendly and docile, preferring to lounge around and nap all day. They love attention and pets and also get along well with other animals.
22. Scottish Fold
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The Scottish Fold is usually identified by its folded ears and silvery gray color. However, these kitties also have a ginger version. In fact, they can come in red, gold, and orange versions of tortoiseshell, tabby, or calico patterns. Their coats are very soft and can be either long or short.
Their personalities are incredibly loving and sweet. Be prepared to have a Velcro cat if you own a Scottish Fold. Even one of Taylor Swift’s cats is a Scottie, so if you’re a Swiftie, you can live your dreams by adopting one of these sweet babies.
23. Scottish Shorthair
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If you think the ears of the Scottish Fold are a bit too cruel and unusual but still would like a sweet-tempered kitty with the same lifespan and size, then the Scottish Shorthair is the cat for you. These kitties are the same breed as the Scottish Fold, except they don’t have the folded ear gene.
Like their counterparts, their coats come in gorgeous colors. These furballs are not very active and prefer lounging in the sun. They’re very calm and attached to their owners, which means you have a real lap cat breed on your hands.
24. Selkirk Rex
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The Selkirk Rex is another adorable curly kitty. They have short or long dense coats with curly fur that give them a distinctive look. They also come in various colors, including red, golden orange, and light orange (kind of like a creamsicle).
They weigh between 6 and 16 lbs, so we have another big orange cat on our list. These furballs are adorable and friendly. They love being around people and are great with kids.
25. Somali Cat
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This vibrant orange cat is known to be as cunning as a fox and highly intelligent, scrutinizing everything in its wake and observing the people and animals around them.
These kitties from Somalia have a medium coat that’s easy to maintain. Their intelligence allows you to teach them tricks, and within no time, they can learn to open doors (although if you want any privacy, we wouldn’t recommend that trick).
However, these furballs can be mischievous and enjoy leering at you from high up and knocking things over while looking you dead in the eye. We have to say their cute faces make up for all the mischief, though.
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Technically there isn’t a tabby cat breed, as this is more of a pattern. However, we have identified a specific type of orange domestic cat as the tabby cat – they look like little tigers with a white base coat and orange striped markings.
Some say this type of cat originated from the Mau. Others say this cat stems from a cat mentioned in the Bible that Mary said had an M-shaped marking after she bestowed her initials on the kitty protector of Jesus.
Wherever this cat came from, we all know and recognize this adorable fur ball as a tabby cat. They are known to be friendly, affectionate, and outgoing. They can also be goofballs. It’s rumored that all tabby cats share a single brain cell and take turns owning it due to their ability to get into the strangest situations.
27. Turkish Angora
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These gorgeous kitties have long, luxurious coats that come in different colors, including ginger. They’re a large breed that can weigh between 8 and 15 lbs, most of which is also just hair. Turkish Angoras need a lot of grooming to maintain their gorgeous locks.
They were domesticated in the early 17th century in the Ankara region of Turkey, where their names originate. These orange long hair cats are affectionate and very loyal. They’re also super playful and need a lot of stimulation. However, after a good day, they love to spread out on your lap and take a long nap.
Final Thoughts on Orange Cat Breeds
We don’t blame you if you fell in love with any ginger kitties on this list. Orange cats are adorable and come in a lot of different personalities. You’ll surely have a house filled with love and excitement if you have a ginger furbaby. There are many other cute cat breeds out there if you want to explore, such as this list of black cat breeds.
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