Is it true that most ginger cats are male?

Ginger genes work differently in cats compared to people.

16th December 2010
Is it true that most ginger cats are male? (iStock)

Asked by: Anonymous

Yes, but not all. The ‘ginger gene’ which produces the orange colour is on the X chromosome. Females have two X chromosomes and so need two copies of this gene to become ginger, whereas males need only one. This means there are roughly three males to one female ginger cats. Ginger toms father tortoiseshell or ginger females. If both parents are ginger, then all their kittens will be ginger too.

 

 

 

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