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UPDATED: Nov 18, 2020

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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.

An orange tabby’s behavior depends mainly on its early socialization.

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Orange Tabby Cat

We all know that our orange tabby cats have either an orange, cream or reddish background in their fur.

Their color intensity can be as varied as our human hair.

They also tend to have little black speckles that we humans call freckles.

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Orange Tabby Cat Weight Issues

As it turns out, Orange Tabby cats love to eat AND tend to be overweight.

I had to put Sammy, my orange tabby cat, on a diet at about two years old.

Ever since I have monitored his food, he has kept his weight off and is as active and healthy as ever.

Right now, I have him on a Halo Pet Cat Food, and he loves it.

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How To Keep Your Orange Tabby Cat From Overeating

I have learned that a mix of both wet and dry food keeps the Orange Tabbies from overeating.

I give Sammy a third of a can of wet food in the morning (which he gobbles up in three minutes) and a little dry food during the day.

Unlike other cats, I can not leave a full bowl of dry food or he will eat it all in one sitting.

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Buy High Quality, Nutritious Cat Food

I have always spent the money to give Sammy, the orange tabby, a nutritious high-fiber food.

While it is a little more money upfront, it will help keep the weight off your Orange Tabby and he or she will be healthier in the long run (think fewer visits to your vet!).

I, personally, eat a healthy diet to keep fit so why wouldn’t I do the same for my beloved Sammy?

Plenty of Water

Make sure to give your Orange Tabby plenty of water so he or she keeps hydrated.

Again, like humans, Orange Tabbies need water especially if they are consuming a high fiber cat food.

Play and/or Exercise Your Cat

As with all cats, it is important that they keep active.

I usually throw a toy mouse around with Sammy for him to fetch.

There are a variety of toys on the market that you can tempt your cat with to get them active.

Try catnip to get your cat up and running!  Even at fifteen, my Orange Tabby loves to run around and play with toys.

It really is pretty basic. If you monitor your Orange Tabby’s food and make sure he or she is active, your beloved cat should keep the weight off and live for a very long time.

Characteristics of Orange Tabbies

Tabbies have different 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 throughout their life and they will, in turn, behave more friendly and confident later in life.


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Additional Cat Breeds:


American Curl Cat, American Wirehair Cat, Arabian Mau Cat, Ashera Cat, Balinese Cat, Burmese Cat, Chartreux Cat, Chausie Cat, Cymric Cat, Domestic Medium Hair Cat 

Himalayan Cat, Japanese Bobtail Cat, Manx Cat, Nebelung Cat, Norwegian Forest Cat, Orange Tabby Cat, Oriental Cat, Persian Cat, Pixie-Bob Cat, Russian Blue Cat

Scottish Fold Cat, Selkirk Rex Cat, Siamese Cat, Siberian Cat, Singapura Cat, Somali Cat, Thai Cat, Toygers Cat, Turkish Angora Cat, LaPerm Cat, Maine Coon Cat