Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
annually on September 1st
Ginger Cat Appreciation Day brings a little love to ginger cats. Sometimes called marmalade cats or tiger cats, ginger cats are orange tabby cats. Tabby cats have striped, marbled, ticked, or spotted markings on their coats, and almost always have a marking in the shape of an M on their forehead. All orange cats are tabbies, but not all tabbies are orange. There are no solid orange or ginger cats. Ginger cats come in shades of orange, gold, and red. Most ginger cats are male, and both domestic or wild cats can be ginger cats.
While all ginger cats are honored today, one particular ginger cat, Doobert, is recognized today for his role in helping change animal transport. Chris Roy created a software platform that helps coordinate animal rescue relay transport, which is used by rescue organizations and volunteers, and named it after Doobert, his late ginger cat. Doobert is by no means the only ginger cat to have ever garnered a bit of attention. Milo of The Adventures of Milo and Otis fame, Garfield, Winston Churchill's cat, Jock, Jones from Alien, and Orangey, who starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's, among other films, all have had their time in the spotlight. But whether famous or not, all ginger cats are celebrated today!
How to Observe Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
Some ways you could celebrate the day include:
- If you have a ginger cat, show some extra appreciation for them. Give them more of your time, a new toy, or a special treat.
- Show appreciation for someone else's ginger cat.
- Adopt a ginger cat.
- Celebrate the legacy of Doobert by getting involved in animal rescue.
- Watch a film with a ginger cat such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Adventures of Milo and Otis, or Alien.
- Read some Garfield comics.