A calico is a beautiful type of cat coat. It looks like a white cat with black, brown and flame-colored patches. The calico's eyes can come in many colors, including blue, yellow, green and in between.

Nicknames: tricolor cat, mi-ke, lapjeskat.

A tortoiseshell cat has a Similar look to the calico.

Diluted calicoesEdit

The diluted calico is also a type of calico coat pattern where black becomes dark gray, orange becomes somewhat pale tawny, and brown becomes beige, or the colors become faded.

Like normal calicos, their eyes can come in an array of colors.

Nicknames: calimanco, clouded tiger.

The Causing of CalicoesEdit

Mammals have 2 chromosomes, X and Y. A normal female cat has two X chromosomes and no Y chromosomes. Normal male cats have one X and one Y. It is the chromosomes that determine the gender of the cat. If the father passes on his X chromosome, it will be a female. If he passes on his Y chromosome, it will be a male. All female placental mammals have a "mosaic". This means they have random patches of X inactivation from one of their two X chromosomes.

Calico cats are almost always female because the X determines the gender of the cat and females have two Xs. Because the Y carries NO color genetics, it is extremely rare for a male to be a calico. The exception is when the male abnormally carries two X chromosomes and one Y. All male calicoes are sterile due to this.

Male cats can be born, but unfortunately, do not live for long due to mutations and health issues. Some male calicoes have been and can live for long, healthy lives. That is why it is always advised to get your calico from a healthy, well known breeder or animal shelter.

Breeds Edit

Aegean cat

American Bobtail

American Curl

American Ringtail

American Shorthair

British Shorthair

Classic Persian

Cymric cat

Exotic Shorthair

Japanese Bobtail


Maine Coon

Manx cat

Oriental Tricolor

Persian cat

Any Rex cat

Scottish fold

Siberian cat

Turkish Van

Turkish Angora

Trivia Edit

Only about 1 in 3000 calicoes/tortoiseshells is male.

Gallery Edit


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