Calico Cat

calico cat

The Calico cat is a domestic cat with a white coat  with vivid orange and black patches, or sometimes, with cream and grey patches.

In this post, we will tell you some characteristics of this peculiar cat along with some curious facts.

facts about calico cat

Personality and Temperament Of Calico Cat :

Calico cat could be sweet and loving with a mellow personality. If you give it unconditional love a calico cat will satisfy your need. 

facts about calico cat


The calico cat is not a specific breed; it is just a cat with a certain fur color pattern.

The calico cat is not a specific breed; it is just a cat with a certain fur color pattern.

Among the breed whose standards allow calico coloration are the American Shorthair, Maine Coons, British Shorthair, Persian, Bobtail, Siberian, Turkish Angora, and Norwegian Forest Cat, to name a few.

Murray Barr and E.G. Bertrand had studied calico cats in 1948 and they had noticed dark, drumstick masses inside the nuclei of nerve cells of female cats, but not in male cats. The dark masses became known as Barr bodies.

Susumu Ohno determined the Barr bodies were X chromosomes. Other researchers discovered unique patches on calico cats in North America and Europe. You can find cats with this mutant orange gene in Italy, Spain, and France, all originating from Egypt.

How long can Calico Cat Live?

The average lifespan of a calico cat is 12 to 16 years, depending on the cat’s health and environment.

Male cats tend to live less because they suffer from diabetes or reduced bone mineral content. 

Curious Facts:

  • 99.9% of calico cats are female. Males are pretty rare.
  • It is currently impossible to reproduce the fur patterns of calico cats. They are not genetically a breed.
  • All male Calico cats are sterile.
  • Males could suffer from  Klinefelter’s syndrome and they have health issues which is why most calico male cats don’t live long.
  • They are declared The Official State Cat of Maryland due to their color.
  • Calico cats are believed to be lucky charms.
  • In the United States, they are sometimes referred to as money cats.
  • Japanese sailors often had a calico cat to protect against misfortune at sea.

Pretty Names for your New Calico Kitty.

calico cat names
calico cat names

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