Let your feline's fiery fur inspire their moniker.
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Once you finally decide on which cat you're going to adopt, you have to prepare for the arrival of your new kitty. One of the most fun (and sometimes difficult) decisions you need to make is giving your furry friend a name. One of the reasons you probably chose your kitty is because you love its eye-catching orange coat, and your feline deserves a name that is just as brilliant. Before we get into all the fun names for your cat, you might want to know a little bit about them. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, color comes from the X chromosome, so your feline could be male or female. (No, your cat isn't calico, as their genetics are different, and calicos are almost always female.) Interestingly, cat breeders often refer to orange kitties as red, but they also describe them as yellow, ginger, or marmalade. Every orange cat is considered a tabby, which you'll be able to tell because of the "M" marking on their forehead.

orange cat lounging at home
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Best Names for an Orange Cat

Now that you know a few things about your new family member, it's time to name them. The unique names on this list fit for both sexes and often touch on their tangerine-colored coat. (In fact, Tangerine is No. 46 on our list.) Other food-related names on this round-up include Apricot, Butterscotch, Cinnamon, Mango, and Mimosa. There are plenty more to choose from, so read through and see which one fits your pet the best.

  1. Amaretto
  2. Amber
  3. Apricot
  4. Aslan
  5. Autumn
  6. Blaze
  7. Burgundy
  8. Butterscotch
  9. Carmello
  10. Cayenne
  11. Chili
  12. Cinnamon
  13. Citrus
  14. Copper
  15. Dawn
  16. Fanta
  17. Garfield
  18. Ginger
  19. Heinz
  20. Lava
  21. Loki
  22. Mandarin
  23. Marmalade
  24. Mango
  25. Maple
  26. Marigold
  27. Melon
  28. Merlot
  29. Mimosa
  30. Monarch
  31. Nacho
  32. Nutmeg
  33. October
  34. Papaya
  35. Paprika
  36. Peaches
  37. Penny
  38. Poppy
  39. Pumpkin
  40. Pumpkin Spice
  41. Ruby
  42. Russet
  43. Sorbet
  44. Sunkist
  45. Tang
  46. Tangerine
  47. Terracotta
  48. Treasure
  49. Vermilion
  50. Viceroy

Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
May 19, 2018
I really wanted to rescue an orange cat. I even chose the name Cheddar before I found this beautiful 8 month old orange kitten at the county humane society. The volunteers warned me - "he plays a little rough". Something bad must have happened to him in his early months - he was so mean to me and my daughters. They learned to stay away from Cheddar but he would attack me and draw blood on my arms and legs everyday. The cute little monster would jump up in my husband's arms and snuggle with him!?!