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Siamese cats are beautiful, talkative, and often entertaining pets. They have some of the most interesting genetic traits of all cats, which translates to their photogenic good looks and unique coat colors. There are, however, many colors beyond the distinctive black and silver coat. So, can Siamese cats be orange?
Siamese cats can be orange. Orange Siamese cats are rarer than other colors. Siamese cats have a gene that causes thermoreactive albinism which can result in orange fur and various combinations of orange hues.
Because the orange coat gene is rare, it’s more common to see pictures of Siamese cats with black, brown, or silver markings than brighter cat colors. Genetic traits create their distinctive fur pattern, but the pattern is not determined by the same gene as color. In this article, we will discuss how the orange color gene works as well as the 32 different colors that Siamese cats have.
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What are the different colors of Siamese cats
Siamese cats come in a ton of different colors, not just orange. In fact, there are 32 different colors that are recognized in Siamese cats. When it comes to cat colors, the distinctions are very technical, so for the casual cat lover it doesn’t seem like there are as many colors as the differences can be quite subtle.
The most commonly accepted and prized Siamese cat colors are:
- Blue (a gray to blue color that darkens with age)
- Seal Point (brown border towards black points)
- Lilac (light gray with slight pinkish undertones)
- Fawn (off-white with pale brown and pinkish areas)
- Caramel (pink-gray dots which may be less pronounced)
- Cinnamon (warm orange-brown tips)
- Red (It’s the most orange color, it’s a pink to orange-red, and often quite clear at the points. Result of crossing a Siamese with a red tabby and tortoiseshell colored cats)
- Tortie (result of the same cross as the Red Point Siamese cats, these cats sometimes have more speckled brown/black markings with some orange sections)
- Cream (very pale spot marks that may tend to brown or pink)
- Although this color is less popular and less widely accepted, Apricot Siamese cats also have orange coloringthough often paler and more mottled or striped than red Siamese cats.
The colors of Siamese cats are determined by their temperature, as we mentioned at the beginning of this article. They have a form of temperature-reactive albinism that reacts to the cat’s body temperature. So, for a cat to be orange, a very unique combination must take place genetically.
Siamese cats are naturally paler and whiter near the warmer parts of their bodies. The exact color of these pale sections varies a bit from individual to individual and varies slightly depending on the natural pigment of their fur. For example, orange Siamese cats often have whiter orange silver-based body fur than Seal Point or even lilac cats.
Is it rare to have an orange cat?
Yes! Orange pussies are relatively rare, but it’s not an impossible coloring. Whether it’s a Siamese cat or another breed, orange female cats just aren’t as common as male cats. It does happen though, although usually not as a color cat, but a color dot.
You might be wondering now; Why are female cats less likely to be orange than their male counterparts? It all depends on the genetics of the color.
Scientists are reasonably certain that cat color is closely linked to X chromosome genes. Since female cats have two X chromosomes while (most) male cats have only one, cat colors females can be a little harder to predict than male cat colors.
Cat color genes are further complicated by the fact that two different color genes won’t necessarily be dominant or recessive as you learned in your high school genetics class. Some color genes combine to create a new coloration that only exists when both genes are present, while other genes are more dominant and usually overwhelm the other genes.
Others are partially recessive and cause changes in the dominant color but will not fully express unless there are multiple copies of the same gene.
Many female cats with an orange gene will express themselves as calico cats, tortoiseshell cats, or a completely orange-free color.
But cats that are lucky enough to get two copies of the red fur gene will be orange, just like human redheads!
The result is that only about 1 in 5 female cats that carry the orange gene will be orange or orange and white. In comparison, male Siamese cats usually don’t have a competing color gene, so when they inherit the orange gene, they will usually be orange or orange and white.
Do orange cats have more health issues?
Orange cats generally have no more health problems than cats with another coloring in their breed. This is important to note because several different cat breeds can have orange or ginger coloring, not just Siamese cats. Looking at your cat’s breed is usually a better way to prepare for its future health.
However, the ‘orange tabby’ cat that is so common does not have any particular health issues. Like other cats, orange cats can be prone to overeating and gaining weight. Obese cats are also at higher risk for many other health issues like diabetes, arthritis, heart problems, and even eye problems.
Your cat being orange or any other color does not necessarily predispose it to obesity and overeating. Garfield aside.
Are Red Point Siamese Cats Rare?
Red point Siamese cats are beautiful, affectionate, incredibly active and talkative. But they are not widespread.
These cats are still rare in part because not all Siamese breed registries consider red-pointed Siamese cats. This means that breeders won’t necessarily try to breed orange cats in their lines to create healthy red-spotted cats.
Let’s say you specifically want a Red Point cat. In this case, it’s a good idea to look for Siamese cat shelters (unfortunately, Siamese cats are very active, need a lot of attention and can be very talkative, which causes many owners to abandon their cats .
We personally love these traits, but this personality is not what all cat owners are looking for.) or Siamese breeders who have produced Red Point cats before. In fact, Red point Siamese cats are known for their unique personalities. They also have a reputation for being some of the most beautiful orange cats you can find.
It would be best if you also try to be patient when looking for a red-point Siamese. It may take some time for a cat to become available, and you may need to travel to adopt it.
How Much Are Red Point Siamese Cats Worth?
Since red point Siamese cats are quite rare, they also command a higher price than other Siamese cats. Young cats tend to be the most expensive and can cost up to $2,000 to adopt from a breeder. But even adult cats usually cost around $1,000, which is the lowest price for breeders, hovering around $600.
So, if you are looking to get an orange Siamese cat, you can expect to pay quite a bit for it. There are however some that you can still get one and pay a lot less.
Adopting cats from a shelter is usually much cheaper than buying them from a breeder. However, many shelters charge more for rare cats and rare colors to cover their running costs. Yes, they can recognize when they have an orange Siamese cat on hand, and they will look to take advantage of it.
With Siamese cats, part of that extra cost is also meant to deter owners who don’t know what to expect from a Siamese personality from adopting a cat they may not keep.
How to tell if an orange cat is a Siamese cat
If you come across an orange or colorpoint cat, you may be wondering if it is in fact a Siamese cat. Luckily, there are several ways to tell if you’ve encountered one of these rare color combinations. Especially since orange Siamese cats are very rare, it is important to know how to recognize one when you see one.
This Siamese cat recognition guide can help you determine in detail what type of cat breed you have.
Siamese cats are one of the most distinctive breeds, with many clearly defined color markings that set them apart. They also tend to have distinct personalities, although not all Siamese cats like to exercise or spend all day talking.
Siamese cats have blue eyes and most of their fur (for most colors) is creamy white, with more color in the points. The points for a Siamese cat are its face, the tip of its tail and its paws.
Some Siamese cats will also have sparse color along the back, but not all. Siamese cats also have a tapering tail that comes to a distinct point.
Some Siamese cats still have some of their older traits, although these are becoming less common. These traits include permanently crossed eyes and a twisted tail. These traits can also present individually, so a cat with a crooked tail will not always cross-eyed and vice versa.