Orange Female Maine Coon

by Lila
(Topeka, KS)

Orange Maine Coon cat added by Michael (Admin) to illustrate article - this is a tabby MC - photo krisandapril (Flickr)

Orange Maine Coon cat added by Michael (Admin) to illustrate article - this is a tabby MC - photo krisandapril (Flickr)

We found our princess as a stray in Arkansas. She was young and had fleas and worms and was very thin, so we had no idea she would be so beautiful. After vet visits and good care, her fur began growing and her beautiful tail emerged, as well as all the paw and ear tufts!

On our first vet visit, when they found out her name was Bridgette, and saw her, they all (receptionist to the Dr) tried to tell us she was probably a boy because she's completely orange.

Of course, they looked, and she's a girl. Even the vet had never seen an all-orange girl before. So we knew she was special. We all adore her trills and chirps, and her playful habits and marvel at how high she can jump!

Obviously, no one would dump a purebred female Maine Coon, so we're pretty sure she must be a mix, but she so perfectly fits the descriptions.

Wondering how many Orange (no white spots) female Maine Coons are out there?

She seems to dominate my Chartruese and Tuxedo neutered males, who are 6 and 15 respectively.

She's about 10 months and very large. She loves to play tag and fetch!

Lila


Hi Lila... Thanks for visiting and sharing. I admire you for rescuing Bridgette. The genetics as usual are complicated, very complicated but this is how I think it comes to pass that males are more often orange (there are some some great male orange cats - see Orange Persian cat for instance).

The O gene that produces the red (orange or sometimes called yellow) colouration is sex linked being carried by the X chromosome. Males have only one X, females have two.

Males only need to have the orange gene on one chromosome to become ginger, while females have to have it on two chromosomes. For this reason ginger males outnumber females 3 to 1. For a cat to have both orange and black (
for instance) it has to have two different X chromosomes per cell, which leads to calico (or tortoiseshell) female cats outnumbering males by between 200 to 1 to 3,000 to 1. This is a simplified explanation and may require refining.

The O gene eliminates all the eumelanistic pigment (black, chocolate and blue etc.) from the hair strands. The pigment granule is lighter with "different optical properties" (Robinson's Genetics 4th edition).

Here is another orange Maine Coon cat:

female orange maine coon cat
Photo copyright Helmi Flick
Please email me a picture of Bridgette if you have one:

mjbmeisteratgmail.com

substituting at for @

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See also: Yellow Cat (an orange feral cat)

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Jan 30, 2012 Miss my Stanley
by: Marsha Rupe

I had a beautiful orange-and-white Maine Coon named Stanley for 10 years. He was such a sweetie. He died of heart failure about three years ago. I still miss him.


Aug 27, 2011 I have one too.
by: Alejandra

Hey,

I found my babe in a shelter here in Mexico City, I just found out today she is a Maine Coon and how rare orange females are, she is so special. I can not describe you how happy I am :)

I believe she is a mix but I do not how other she is.

Kisses!


Dec 19, 2010 I have an Orange Maine Coon too!
by: Nicole

I have an orange maine coon too.

And she's a female.

And she's a mix!

Maine Coon / Birman mix.

I have a video of her here when she was just 3 months old.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150150456860012

She was REALLY HUGE at the age of just three months, but now she's 11 months and only grown 2-4 inches longer. I love her to bits!


Feb 28, 2010 Ms Bridgette
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Lila. I too would love to see a picture.
There are many purebred orange females at the shows, most likely because it's a popular colour, but when it comes to mixed breeds I actually only recall seeing very few. As Michael explains they usually become calico or tortoise.
So it's no wonder your vet had some questions about Bridgette, especially so if she also has inherited the typical square MC muzzle.
Our moggie Snow White has a very broad face and also looks a lot like a tom. We actually lifted her tail and checked her carefully before picking her up at the shelter. Her old name Scooter was then changed for another that sounds more like a princess... ;-)

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Orange Female Maine Coon — 3 Comments

  1. We think our ginger and white cat is a mixed Maine Coon Cat mixed our Trouble has the *M* mark on his Head.. But he also has alot of white, he also has the stripes legs Does this mean he may be a mixes Coon cat? How would I know for sure does anyone know???

    • Purebred Maine Coons can have tabby ginger and white coats because they are allowed under the breed standard. But the coat type does not tell you if your cat is a Maine Coon mix or not as many other cats, random bred and purebred, have a similar coat. You won’t know if your cat is a Maine Coon mix unless you have first hand evidence as to what his parents were or grand parents. If there was some purebred Maine Coon in the family then he is a Maine Coon mix. Appearance of the cat can give you an idea that he may be a Maine Coon mix but it is a bad test because purebred mix cats can look like moggies (random bred cats). In short you can’t be sure he is a Maine Coon mix. You have a really nice cat though and thanks for asking.

  2. we also have a much loved ginger female main coon/cross too ,she also was abandoned by somebody we live in the bush in outback australia.
    she walked out of forest and into our house about 4 years ago and never left again she is very spoilt now. one of the first things we noticed was different about her was her voice not like any other cat id heard before. loves showing off by running up trees we spend time in the bush together if im standing looking in one direction she stands between my legs and looks in the opposite direction. we live on 40 acres she walks with us everywhwere but we have to carry her on the way home.if she doesnt like somebody that comes to our house she growls like a dog beautiful breed of cat.

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