101+ Ideas for
Orange Cat Names

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Are you trying to find the best orange cat names for your new feline friend? If yes, then we have some great ideas for you, so that you can find the perfect name to give to your ginger pet. 

Continue reading to find inspiration for choosing a cute name for your colorful cat!

If you are bringing home a new kitten with a fiery-colored coat, you may want to find a suitable name that gets its inspiration from the beautiful fur of your cat. Orange cats are not that common, which is why many owners decide to celebrate their ginger color with a name that fits the appearance.

If you're struggling to find the perfect one, we have some fantastic alternatives for you.

But first,

orange kitten

What you need to know
about orange cats

We all know the most famous orange cat, Garfield. He has quite the personality, as do many of our ginger-furred pet cats. But what makes these bright-colored cats so unique?

Orange cats are not a particular breed, and you may actually find orange-colored cats from many different cat breeds. Their coats vary from long to short hair and from stripes to spots and patches.

All orange cats are tabby cats, which is not a breed but a particular pattern on the cat's coat. Although tabby cats can be recognized by their striped pattern, there are actually five different types of a tabby coat: classic tabby, mackerel tabby, spotted tabby, ticked tabby, and patched tabby. All orange cats are tabbies, although the stripe may be faint. However, not all tabby cats are orange.

The orange tabby color is often found in breeds like Persian, American Bobtail, Munchkin, British Shorthair, Maine Coon, Abyssinian, and Bengal cats.

The red color is inherited, and the dominant red color gene controls the production of the red pigment called pheomelanin in these cats. Because the red color gene is carried in the X chromosome, male cats are orange-colored more often than females. Actually, only about 20% of red cats are female while 80% are male.

People often associate ginger cats with a warm and mellow personality, but it is a common misconception that the color of your cat's fur determines their personality traits. Some studies have found there to be some differences between different colored cats, but the results are not conclusive, and many experts don't agree with this theory.

Cats are individuals with different personalities, and although there may be some differences between breeds, the color of the coat will probably not reflect the nature of your pet. Instead, a cat's personality is mostly affected by the traits they have inherited and their experiences in early life.

Good names
for orange cats

If you want to pick a name that purely refers to the color of your cat, you might want to try one of these names that reflects the beautiful orange color of their coats:

  • Ginger
  • Marmalade
  • Butter
  • Caramel
  • Butterscotch
  • Amber
  • Copper
  • Coral
  • Pumpkin
  • Rusty
  • Sunshine
  • Tiger
  • Goldie

When choosing a name for your orange kitty, you may also want to consider their history and personality. Their appearance and beautiful fur may be an excellent source of inspiration, and by adding something unique about your pet, you may be able to find a name that suits them perfectly.

Celtic names for your orange cat

The orange hair of these cats may bring to mind the Celts and particularly the Irish. So, some of the excellent names you can give to an orange cat could be something that celebrates the Irish heritage. Maybe one of these Irish names would suit your cat?

  • Flynn
  • Rory
  • Connor
  • Ciara
  • Sinead
  • Molly
  • Quinn
  • Keegan
  • Rooney

Orange Cat Names Inspired by Food

There are many colorful foods that may inspire you to think of the perfect name for your cat. Foods that are orange and may spark your imagination include:

  • Apricot
  • Bourbon
  • Buttercup
  • Cantaloupe
  • Caramel
  • Cayenne
  • Cheddar
  • Cheese
  • Cheetos
  • Chili
  • Curry
  • Dorito
  • Fanta
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Mango
  • Nacho
  • Paprika
  • Peach
  • Saffron
  • Whiskey

Orange Cat Names Inspired by
Famous People or Characters

You could also use famous redheads or characters as an inspiration for finding a cat name.

If you're looking for male orange cat names, you could draw inspiration from one of these famous redheads.

  • Chuck Norris
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Prince Harry
  • Ron Weasley

Or maybe an orange-colored character would fit your cat's personality better? Perhaps one of these orange boy cat names might be the one you're looking for?

  • Beaker
  • Carrot Top
  • Chester the Cheetah
  • Chucky
  • Elmo
  • Ernie
  • Garfield
  • Hobbes
  • Simba
  • Tigger
  • Tony the Tiger

Of course, there are many female characters you can use to draw inspiration from when you're looking for an orange female cat name. Some examples of famous redheads or characters with an orange hue are:

  • Annie
  • Ariel
  • Fiona
  • Ginger Spice
  • Lucille Ball
  • Merida

Unique and fun names for orange cats

You might want a name for your cat that no one else would have. One of the best ways to think of fun and unique names for our pets is to use the imagery we think of the moment we image orange color.

Orange might inspire imagery of heat, so we might use names of deserts or some other hot locations. We could also think of other geographical locations that bring in mind the orange color. Here are some suggestions:

  • Sahara
  • Mojave
  • Nevada
  • Dublin
  • Cairo
  • Mars
  • Phoenix
orange sleeping cat

Finding a unique name that fits the striking orange color of your new kitten may be a challenging task. Owners of orange cats often want the name to reflect the beautiful coat as well as the personality of their new pet. If none of the names above seem to be the right fit, use your imagination and try playing with the words. Maybe change a letter or two, or combine two words to find a unique name.

If you feel you don't have the right name right now, wait a few days and get to know the personality of your new feline. Their characteristics, habits, or individual preferences may send your imagination flying, and you will come up with a unique name that fits your ginger cat perfectly.

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Here are more ideas for orange cat names.

Name ideas for orange male cats:

  • Chester
  • Brick
  • Blaze
  • Colby
  • Crimson
  • Flare
  • Fuego
  • Rojo
  • Scorch

Name ideas for orange female cats:

  • Amber
  • Foxy
  • Ruby
  • Rosie
  • Autumn
  • Iris
  • Marigold
  • Penny
  • Rose
  • Rosa
  • Scarlett

Other fantastic name ideas for your orange cat:

  • Firecracker
  • Flame
  • Poppy
  • Red
  • Vitamin C
  • Chestnut
  • Maple
  • Muffin
  • Tabby
  • Leo
  • Ollie
  • Fizz

FAQ on orange cat names

What is a good name for an orange cat?

There are dozens of great names for your orange cat, including names like Rusty, Pumpkin, Caramel, Conan, or Tigger. The best way to find a unique name that fits your cat's personality is to observe them for a few days to get to know their habits and preferences. Your cat's unique ways will spark your imagination and help you find the right name. Think of things, places, people, or characters that bring in mind the orange color. It will help you thinks of a name for your ginger-colored cat.

Are orange cats more friendly?

Some studies have shown that the color of a cat's coat may affect their personality, but the research is not conclusive, and many experts don't agree.

However, although the color may not affect a cat's personality, different breeds have somewhat different behavioral characteristics, and some breeds are considered more friendly than others. These breeds include the Persian, Burmese, Maine Coon and Ragdoll, to name a few.

Are female ginger cats rare?

There is a specific dominant gene that controls the production of the red pigment called pheomelanin. Because this gene is carried in the X chromosome, there are more orange male cats than orange female cats. Actually, about 80% of ginger-colored cats are male, while only 20% are female. 

What is the rarest color for cats?

Some of the more rare colors for cats include chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, chinchilla, and smoke. Some of these colors are mutations of other colors, making them rare, while recessive genes carry others.

Contradictory to common belief, orange cats are not that uncommon. However, there is a rare mutation of the orange color that causes the color to dilute. This color is called cream, and it is among the most unusual colors on cats.

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