This post is to share not just about any cat but specifically the Calico. This is a domestic cat breed with a predominately white but spotted/partly coloured coat. These colours are in two shades which is an important fact but more on why later. There are names for these types of cats all over the world; brindle, tricolor cat, tobi mi-ke (Japanese meaning ‘triple fur’), and lapjeskat (Dutch for ‘patches cat’). Calicoes with diluted coloration have been called calimanco or clouded tiger.
The word “Calico” describes the colour pattern not the breed of cat. These cats can come in all shapes and sizes with short or long haired fur types.
They are said to have migrated from Egypt by scientists. It is no wonder since cats ha an important place in Ancient Egypt. Many were embalmed, coffined and buried in cat cemeteries.
99.9% of the calico population is female. For a male cat to have calico colours, it must have an extra X chromosome (XXY). Those that are male have serious health conditions 1 in 3000 are born and these are always sterile.
The genetics behind what determines the coat is entirely at random. This means that they can never be bread and are simply once of a kind.
In 2001 the Calico became the official state cat of Maryland. It was chosen since the coat resembled an Oriole which is the state bird.
The Japanese lucky cat is based on the calico due to their love for them. Japanese sailors would keep them aboard to keep away storms as well as the occasionally angry ancestral ghost. Tama was the name of a Calico cat station master at Kishi station.
Since their personality is naturally a home body and very warm. This makes this cat the perfect companion for morning and evening snuggles.
In loving memory of Callie – I’ll miss our cuddles