Orange Tabby Cat Behaviors
15 July, 2011
Sammy loved this article from eHow.   In addition to the below, I do know that Orange Tabby’s have a genetic pre-disposition to be overweight.  Think of Morris the Cat.  I encountered this with Sammy about five years ago who eats everything humanly possible. I put him on a diet that has a fiber enriched food and he loves it, eats a ton of it and lost six pounds in a couple months.


An orange tabby’s behavior depends mainly on its early socialization.  Orange tabby cats come in many different shades of color, ranging from red to a more yellow-golden orange, and all of them have a pattern of stripes on their fur. These cats come in different breeds, both long- and short-haired.
The orange tabby is not a specific breed of cat; rather it displays a type of color pattern that occurs in many breeds. A tabby of any color, including an orange one, has stripes on its coat, lines on its face, lines around its eyes and a tabby “M”-shaped pattern on its forehead. The stripes themselves appear a shade or two darker than the main orange color of the cat. They are gorgeous!
Did you know that Orange Tabbies are primarily male? (Sammy is!) And certain breeds share of tabbies have simialr personality traits…a long-haired, orange tabby Persian has a sweet, docile temperament and usually stays more sedentary than a cat of another breed. A Maine Coon, another long-haired breed, has an intelligent, friendly nature, and gets along well with other pets.
While some say that orange tabbies have specific behaviors, the main influence of a cat’s behavior is its early socialization. The most important period of development for a kitten is between the ages of 4 to 12 weeks old. A kitten in this age range that is loved and pampered will extend throught their life and they will in turn behave more friendly and confident later in life. 


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