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Female ginger cat!

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by nn89, Aug 18, 2009.


  1. nn89

    nn89 PetForums Junior

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    Just got 2 new kittens, tabitha and florence (florrie and tabz) and i rang the vets up to register and make an appointment, and apparently it's really rare to have a female ginger cat! Even though down there she 'looks' a female, she may not be! How rare is it exactly?

    Also, quick question, any good tips to make the kittens get used to me and settle, they keep pining and backing away from me when i approach :(
     
  2. Elmstar

    Elmstar PetForums VIP

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    They're unusal but ginger females are not unheard of.

    To get them used to you may take time but just try to ignore them for a while.
     
  3. bimbleweb

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    Out our litter of 7 we got 3 red (or as you say ginger!) and white girls. They are rare but it does happen :D

    The best way I have found is to sit on the floor of the room they are playing in and grab a toy that makes noise. It does take patience but they will always come and play with you and be sitting on your lap in no time :)
     
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  4. nn89

    nn89 PetForums Junior

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    I sat down earlier, with a bit of tuna and cat treats, and they were eating out of my hand, and i put some tuna on my legs etc, so they got used to the smell, and i was sitting on the floor, which was an achievment really as this is their first day here! How long does it usually take for a kitten to be completely comfortable? Its just hard because when they run away i feel so mean and like they're scared of me!
     
  5. bimbleweb

    bimbleweb PetForums Member

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    It will depend on the amount of time you can sit around with them. Obviously the more the better. We're not so scary when we're more on their level :)

    Cat nip toys can speed up the process. as well as treats. Good luck!
     
  6. i think the general ratio is something like for every 4 ginger kittens born one will be female - so 25%
     
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    Perfect figures - it is indeed 25%! So not rare just a little unusual (you need a red gene from both mum and dad to get a red female - so dad was a ginger and mum either a tortie or ginger)
     
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    That isn't really that rare then. Still, interesting to know that ginger boys are more common. xx
     
  9. yes

    as spid says mum has to carry the gene aswell as dad.

    There is a myth too that red girls are infertile, its rubbish!

    I'm sure the people who spread that one were confusing themselves with the tortie male phenomenon. Tortie males do occur rarely, but they are a genetic accident and nearly always infertile.
     
  10. Saikou

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    I have a cream (pale ginger) point queen, and she is definitely not rare to those specialising in the red series.

    Maybe with moggies who get to 'choose' their hubbies, tortie girls, and there are a number of those around, just don't fancy the ginger toms, they prefer their men tall dark and handsome :biggrin:
     
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    When i took my little maizi who is a red tabby to the vet they questioned if she was female-- i know she was as i checked before i brought her (in case the guy who was selling had made a mistake!!!) you do not see them advertised very often and from having had several red females any red female kittens go very quickly, having said that you do not seem to see many red toms about much now as i would like to mate Maizi (can't have her going out with any old Tom!!!)
     
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    That's it in a nutshell....
    When cats have their freedom, they don't pick their mates by colour. A ginger/red/cream/red tabby etc female can only be born if both of its parents have that ginger [called O for Orange by geneticists] gene.

    This means that to make a ginger girl, mum has to be either Tortie or ginger herself, and dad HAS to be ginger (tortie males don't exist, well not often!).

    So you get yer average Tortie moggy girl out on the prowl... ready and calling for a hubby, and 9 times out of 10 it will be a black, a tabby, a blue - ANY colour BUT ginger.

    It's just statistics... Breeders of pedigree cats with these colours can produce litters containing lots of ginger girls, simply by choosing a ginger bloke for a ginger or tortie girl.

    But when it's left to natural selection out in the garden, the odds are often stacked against a Tortie girl finding a ginger mate by chance.
     
  13. i have a ginger female cat. Her name is Tinka. You can see her in my album. I too was told she was rare. Vet said for every 50 ginger kittens born one could be female. How true that is i dont know.
     
  14. PoisonGirl

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    I was told the same thing too, when I was showing pics of Maisy who is a ginger tabby. In her litter there were 4- a male and female of ginger tabby and a male and female of black with white socks and bib!
    I got both the ginger ones :)

    x
     
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    i have a ginger female Daisy she was ferel i got her from CPL shes not the cuddlest of cats but she still part ferel shes in my album, i was also told by vet they are quite rare one per fifty kittens .:)
     
  16. Amzy

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    I have never been a fan of the leave them alone for the first few days!
    Its maybe the right thing to do but my babies have been handled from the first day they were here and cuddle and now they are the most loving little softies!

    On the other hand phe who is my bf's cat isnt so keen on being handled because when we got her my bf was always banging on about leaving her to settle in and she isnt as cuddly!

    This might be due to the fact she is a grumpy lil madam!

    Playing with them always works and if you have them eating out of your hand on the first day sounds like your well on your way! loL!
     
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