Different groups of people use different descriptive words for the red (usually tabby) cat.
- Geneticists use orange
- Breeders use red. Although I’d like you to read at the base of the page about Marc and the cat he loved and who he named ‘Red’.
- The public use ginger
- Story tellers use marmalade
- In the old days people used yellow
The definitive book on cat genetics (a poor book in my view – sorry, just my personal opinion), Robinson’s Genetics for Cat Breeders and Veterinarians describes the orange gene as follows:
The recognised symbol for the gene is ‘O’. The action of the O gene is to eliminate all melanic pigment (black and brown) from the hair fibres.
Dr Morris tells us that:
In the early days, the term ‘orange’ was also applied to various pedigree cats by breeders, before they switched to the official term ‘red’.
Orangey was a long-haired ginger cat with a temperament to match the color. He was a professional cat who featured in a number of films such as the title role in Rhubarb which aired in 1961. He appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) with Audrey Heburn. He was knows as ‘Cat’ in this film. Here he is…
Or see Marc’s memorial to Red – this is a big and detailed page.
And finally a touching video to Red and the friendship between Red and Lilly (click this to see it).
There are some great orange tabby cats on this website. Ten examples are below but there are lot more. If you like red cats please use the Google custom search tool at the top of the page.
SOME RED CATS….