Embracing the Unique Qualities of Your Cat on Respect Your Cat Day

| Aimee Ellis

Cats are unique and amazing animals and there's no better time to celebrate that than Respect Your Cat Day. We examine 4 of the most unique coat colors on cats.


Let’s face it, if you’re lucky enough to have a feline friend, every day is Respect Your Cat Day. While there are many different breeds of cats, all cats share some common traits: they’re curious, independent, and have unique and funny personalities. Some of these traits can even be tied to the coloring of their fur.A cat’s coat is unique, with its own blend of colors, patterns, and textures. Here are some of the unique traits that make different colors of cats special, and why each deserve our love and respect.

Black Cats

Black cats are often associated with superstition and bad luck which, unfortunately, leads them to be overlooked at animal shelters. These cats are often the most in need of adoption.Black cats are special because they have a sleek and sophisticated look that makes them stand out. They’re also known for their mysterious and independent personalities, and incredibly loyal to the humans they love.

Tortoiseshell Cats

Otherwise known as “torties,” these vivacious cats have coats blended with shades of black, orange, and brown. They’re famous for their feisty personalities, otherwise known as “tortitude.” They can be independent, sassy, and bossy.Torties are special because each look entirely unique and eye-catching. Because of their assertive and confident personalities, they make great companions for those who appreciate a cat with a bit of spice. You’ll never feel lonely with a tortie by your side—they’re quite chatty and will often meow right back at you.

Orange Cats

Orange cats have coats that range from light cream to deep orange, but they always have a tabby pattern. They’re known for being high-energy, friendly, and outgoing. They’re often considered the most affectionate cats.Orange cats are typically boys. Parents of female orange tabbies must each contribute one orange gene—so the father must be orange, and the mother could be orange, calico, or tortoiseshell. 

White Cats

One color that often stands out is white. White cats are known for their ultra dramatic appearance. But there's much more to them than just their color. White cats are often associated with innocence, purity, and even good luck in some cultures. They can be calm and docile, or playful and adventurous, depending on their individual personalities.

How to Show Your Car Respect Today and Everyday

  • Spend quality time together.

    This can be through dedicated play, grooming, or cuddling to bond with your cat and show them that they’re important to you.

  • Provide a safe and comfortable


    living environment


    Make sure your cat has a comfortable place to sleep, access to food and water, and plenty of toys and scratching posts to keep them entertained.

  • Respect your cat's boundaries.

    Cats are notoriously independent, and they may not always want to be picked up or cuddled. Respect your cat's personal space and let them come to you when they’re ready.

  • Keep your cat healthy and happy.

    Take your cat to the vet for regular checkups, keep them up to date on vaccinations, and feed them a healthy diet. Don’t forget ample play time!

  • Spread awareness and advocacy for cats.

    Since cats are so independent, many think that they aren’t deserving of proper care. Educate others about the importance of respecting cats and speak up for the well-being of

    cats in your neighborhood


No matter what color your cat is, it's important to remember that every cat is unique and has its own distinct personality. Some cats are shy and introverted, while others are outgoing and energetic and love to be cuddled. When it comes to respecting our cats, it's important to do it on your cat’s terms and to honor them as individual beings.

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Aimee Ellis

Aimee is a New Jersey native currently living in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and crew of four cats. She has an English degree and when she isn't writing for AKC Pet Insurance, you can find her drinking seltzer, painting, watching reality TV shows, and trying to wrangle her cats into sweaters.