Best Names for Orange Cats

Best Names for Orange Cats

There are countless different things that you will need to think about when you are planning on owning a cat. 

Of course, you are always going to want to make sure that you have all of the materials for taking care of the cat and that you have the resources to provide the cat with the best life that it can have. 

But after all of the essentials, you might be left wondering what else you may need for a cat.

One thing that many people might struggle with is what they should name their cats

Some cats have personalities that earn themselves a name while other cats will have striking patterns that you can name your cat after. If you are adopting a cat from the shelter, the cat may already have become accustomed to a name. 

Whether you are giving a name to a new kitten or you want to give a shelter cat a different name once you bring it home, it can be quite the challenge to come up with a name for your new cat.

If you want to give your cat a name as soon as you can without waiting to see if the cat’s personality plays a role into how it will be named, there’s a good chance that you will want to give the cat a name based on its looks. 

Different fur patterns are going to warrant different names. One of the most difficult color patterns to name are cats who are strikingly orange as these cats are fairly uncommon.

Thankfully, there are quite a few different names for orange cats that you can consider. You can even sort the different name ideas into categories based on the gender of the cat, topics you may want to name the cat after, and so on.

Best Names for Male Orange Cats

male orange cat
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Just about all orange cats are male. This is because the genes of a cat’s DNA that produce a ginger-color fur are found only on the X chromosome and it is a recessive gene. 

What this means is that female cats will always need to have two copies of the “ginger gene” for the cat to have ginger fur whereas male cats will only need to have one copy of it. 

Considering that the gene is already somewhat rare, this makes female orange cats quite the rarity. Chances are that your orange cat is a male so you will want to think about masculine names for your cat.

A very standard name for an orange cat can be “Tom” as an abbreviation for “tomcat,” considering that the cat is going to be male. 

Depending on the shade and intensity of the orange in your cat’s fur, you could consider calling it “Curry” or “Amarillo,” considering that these are both shades of orange. 

If you like clownfish and your cat has some stripes of white, you could consider naming it after Nemo. 

If your cat has reddish hues in its orange fur, you could consider aiming for more robust names such as “Brick” or “Fireball.” Even just a standard “Tiger” could do the trick.

If you want to name your male orange cat after a famous cat, there are a few other names that you could consider as well. 

If the cat has more yellow in its fur, you could name it after Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia or Simba from The Lion King, or you could name it after Garfield, the title character of the famous comic strip. 

If your cat has more white in its fur, you could name it Orion after the cat from Men in Black.

Complete List of Names for Male Orange Cats

  • Tom
  • Curry
  • Amarillo
  • Nemo
  • Brick
  • Fireball
  • Tiger
  • Aslan
  • Simba
  • Garfield
  • Orion
  • Heathcliff
  • Tigger
  • Leo
  • Hobbes
  • Oliver
  • Ron
  • Rojo
  • Rusty
  • Sundance

Best Names for Female Orange Cats

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If you have come across a female cat who is completely orange or at least has a notable amount of orange in her fur, you may want to give it a special name to celebrate its unique appearance. 

“Saffy” would be a unique name, derived from the spice saffron. “Tango” could also be a zesty name for a cat who has a striking personality along with its unique coat of fur. 

“Amber,” “Autumn,” and “Honey” can all describe orange cats who have varying amounts of undertones or other colors in its fur. 

If your cat has a ruddier appearance, you could even consider the name “Cinnamon” or “Cayenne.” 

Other names for cats who have more undertones in their fur can include “Merida,” “Rusty,” and “Sahara,” which are all names that carry more of a feminine twist and implication.

If you want to name your cat after a famous cat who was also orange and happened to be female, there are still plenty of options for you to choose from. If you are a fan of Alice in Wonderland, you could name your cat “Dinah.” 

If you also appreciate The Lion King and your cat is about as prideful as a lion, the name “Nala” may suit her well. You could even name your cat “Ariel” after The Little Mermaid, even if Ariel wasn’t exactly a cat herself. 

Because there aren’t as many famous female orange cats out there, you could also consider naming the cat after people who are redheads or gingers to carry that same sense of admiration for those people.

Complete List of Names for Female Orange Cats

  • Saffy
  • Tango
  • Amber
  • Autumn
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Merida
  • Rusty
  • Sahara
  • Dinah
  • Nala
  • Ariel
  • Fiona
  • Penny
  • Ruby
  • Alani
  • Amber
  • Annie
  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Autumn
  • Clementine
  • Daphne
  • Ember
  • Ginger
  • Goldie
  • Poppy
  • Scarlet
  • Sienna
  • Topaz
  • Winnie
  • Pippi Longstocking

Best Names for Orange Cats Based on Food

For reasons that many people may not understand, a lot of pet parents prefer to name their cats after various kinds of food. This is no exception for people who have orange cats. 

These names can often be more gender-neutral, as most of these names don’t have any sway towards feminine or masculine names. 

One of the more unique names that you could consider for an orange cat could be “Alani,” which is Hawaiian for “orange tree.” “Apricot,” “Carrot,” “Chestnut,” and “Curry” can all work, depending on the undertones your orange cat may have. 

Richer orange colors can warrant a name such as “Citrus” or “Mango” while more mild variants of orange could include “Persimmon,” “Peach,” and “Marigold.” 

If you do not mind your cat having a longer name, you could also consider “Sweet Potato” or “Tangerine.” If you consider drinks to be food, you could also name your orange cat “Mimosa.”

Complete List of Orange Cat Names Inspired by Food

  • Apricot
  • Carrot
  • Chestnut
  • Curry
  • Citrus
  • Persimmon
  • Peach
  • Marigold
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tangerine
  • Mimosa
  • Pumpkin
  • Apple
  • Buttercup
  • Butterscotch
  • Candy Corn
  • Cantaloupe
  • Caramel
  • Cheddar
  • Cheeto
  • Cherry
  • Clementine
  • Dorito
  • Fanta
  • Honey
  • Peaches
  • Paprika
  • Nacho
  • Ginger
  • Marmalade
  • Orange Peel
  • Nectarine
  • Nutmeg
  • Queso
  • Sherbert
  • Wheatley
  • Whiskey

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