Ginger Maine Coon

The Ginger Maine Coon

Red, orange, marmalade? These are all color words to describe the Ginger Maine Coon cat.

This beautiful color is a standout for any Maine Coon cat.

What Constitutes Ginger In A Maine Coon?

The color Ginger is not actually a recognized color with the Cat Fanciers Association.

Ginger is in fact, another name for the recognized color Red. Orange is also sometimes used to describe reds.

The red color comes in solid, or if it is a very light red then a Red Cream.

In addition, Red Tabby and Red Tabby with White.

There is also a Red and White bi-color. The classic Red Tabby with White below has the beautiful ginger colored body with darker red stripes and a white bib, nose, and socks.

Ginger Maine Coon

Common Variants And Genetics Of The Ginger Color

All gingers are actually some form of Red Tabby.

A solid red color is a cat with a very low contrast in stripes making it appear to be solid. They all have a red base and a deeper shade of red markings or stripes.

The nose and paw pads are also red and they normally have striking golden or copper eyes.

They come in many shades.

Kittens will often start out very pale and their ginger markings will come in as they grow.

Just as humans have melanin in their skin which produces our “color” so do cats. Cats with ginger color possess the melanin shade pheomelanin.

Pheomelanin is the genetic pigment for red colors which replaces the eumelanin which is the black or brown pigment.

Different quantities of pheomelanin result in varying contrast from cream to solid.

Ginger cats have an O genetic sequence, O which is a sexed linked gene for orange coloring.

That is why most orange or ginger colored cats are males. The “O” is a dominant gene.

The ginger color is carried on the “X” gene which is the female chromosome.

A male cat has an X and Y chromosome. If his mother carries the ginger coloring in her X gene then he will be a ginger-colored cat.

Famous Ginger Maine Coons

Hobie, the Maine Coon Cat is a beautiful ginger who has several videos on YouTube.

Hobie demonstrates many of the personality characteristics that we think of when we hear Maine Coon.

He thinks bathtubs and water are great fun, is very playful and shows great intelligence.

The cat below was 15 Best Cat of The Year for 2018 with The International Cat Association.

15th Best Cat of the Year
Breed: Maine Coon
Color: Red Classic Tabby/White
Owner: Emmons Brown/Liz Hansen
Breeder: Emmons Brown/Liz Hansen

Another internet famous cat is Riley who was bred by Megacoon Cattery. At three years old Riley weighed 26 pounds. His sire was RW SGC Megacoon Rocking Cyrus OS (TICA Outstanding Sire).

maine coon ginger

There is also Parsley, a Ginger Maine Coon from Scotland who has 7000 facebook followers of his own.

“A CAT is attracting tourists from fur and wide to a Scottish seaside town after building up a huge following on social media.

Parsley, a ginger Maine Coon, has nearly 7,000 adoring fans from all over the world.

With his own Facebook page, the friendly feline has dedicated followers from the USA, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Pakistan and South Africa.

The three-year-old cat even has his own merchandise in the form of prints, coasters and key-rings which are available in a local gift shop in the town, which has just over 8,500 residents.”

You can check out the article here:

parsley ginger maine coon

How Common Are Ginger Maine Coons?

Gingers are a popular and common color. Since two ginger colored parents will always produce ginger-colored kitten it is an easy color to plan for.

In the UK gingers are also referred to as Marmalade cats for the famous marmalade jam that the Brits so love. In fact, a series of books about Orlando The Marmalade Cat was written by British author Katherine Hale in the 1930’s.

Here is a video that shows a ginger Maine Coon

About the Author


My name is Ann and I have been looking after and breeding cats since 2013. I am currently the proud ownder of Alita, a female Maine Coon to whom I've dedicated this site. She has had 2 litters and is around 3 years old. We share adventures and stories together.

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      Hi Ann,
      Hope al is well for you. Beautiful Coon! We have one too, she’s silver but slowly turning orange at few spots. She’s turning 7 yo. We are looking for another Maine Coon to add to our family, specifically as companion to our daughter who would love an orange/red Maine Coone.

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