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« on: 28/06/2007 14:39:26 »


We got him today. He's 8 weeks old.

Here he is trying to work out what that strange thing in the cage is.

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« Reply #1 on: 28/06/2007 14:56:23 »
What a cutie! The girls are going to be all over this! Do you have a name (not that he'll respond to it mind)? Did you know that (and I think I'm right in saying this) that male cats can have up to 3 colours, and females can only have a maximum of 2?

Anyhow, he's a very beautiful looking cat!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 28/06/2007 15:02:29 »
I think he's being named Simba ( oh yaaawwwwn).

This is Candy (our other cat). She's female. Count the colours.

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« Reply #3 on: 28/06/2007 15:41:22 »
the colouring looks remarkably like that of the rabbit? Is there something we should know?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 28/06/2007 15:44:01 »
the colouring looks remarkably like that of the rabbit? Is there something we should know?

Well, we all know what rabbits are renown for
 

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« Reply #5 on: 28/06/2007 16:07:36 »
i thought most calico cats were girls?
 

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« Reply #6 on: 28/06/2007 18:16:53 »


We got him today. He's 8 weeks old.

Here he is trying to work out what that strange thing in the cage is.



OOOOOHHH SO CUTE DOC, little tiger stripe... where did you get him...? did you adopt him from the shelter or private person?
 

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« Reply #7 on: 28/06/2007 18:23:07 »
What a cutie! The girls are going to be all over this! Do you have a name (not that he'll respond to it mind)? Did you know that (and I think I'm right in saying this) that male cats can have up to 3 colours, and females can only have a maximum of 2?

Anyhow, he's a very beautiful looking cat!

I did not Know that!.... I have had several brinly colored females.. but i never counted their colors I alays thought they were black orange and brown... but maybe it was just orange and black!
 

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« Reply #8 on: 28/06/2007 18:24:43 »
I think he's being named Simba ( oh yaaawwwwn).

This is Candy (our other cat). She's female. Count the colours.



Simba Is A good name.. and Candy is beautiful, does he have a bobbed tale, or a full length tale?
 

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« Reply #9 on: 28/06/2007 18:26:26 »
I think he's being named Simba ( oh yaaawwwwn).

This is Candy (our other cat). She's female. Count the colours.



Simba Is A good name.. and Candy is beautiful, does he have a bobbed tale, or a full length tale?

A male bobbed tale calico is rare and if you find one they are worth a lot of money.. at least they used to be.. I imagine they still are!
 

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« Reply #10 on: 28/06/2007 19:38:39 »
Candy is female & has a full-length tail.

Simba came from a farm. We had our pick of 4 kittens and chose Simba due to his slightly unusual colouring & patterning. He's got spots on his belly that make him look somewhat like a cerval. I'll get some photos of his belly & post them so you can see what I mean.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 28/06/2007 21:16:49 »
Simba has beautiful Markings.. quite a nice cat. His coat looks nice and thick..
 

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« Reply #12 on: 28/06/2007 21:34:25 »
What a cutie! The girls are going to be all over this! Do you have a name (not that he'll respond to it mind)? Did you know that (and I think I'm right in saying this) that male cats can have up to 3 colours, and females can only have a maximum of 2?

Anyhow, he's a very beautiful looking cat!

I WANT ANOTHER CAT! My tortie passed because of antifreeze.

The "skinny" on tri-colored cats is below.

Calico Cats

Written by Mary Anne Miller (found at http://www.thecatsite.com/Snips/200/Calico-Cats.html)

Some people believe that calico cats are a breed, or that calico refers to a color of a cat. Since all cats are colored, calico refers to the pattern of how the coloring appears on the cat's coat.

According to a leading expert in Feline Genetics, Dr. Elizabeth A. Oltenacu of the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University:

"Early in its inception, a calico/tortie kitty is formed by a gene known as the white spotting factor. The white spotting factor effectively slows down the migration of cells across the kitten's body. One X-chromosome in every cell is switched off.

This is a random happenstance, and when a tortoiseshell kitten appears in the litter, you will see a mix of two colors of hair on the kitten.

In a calico kitten, the white spotting factor being present allows patches of cells with the same X chromosome shut-off to develop.
calico cat

The results are patches of white, orange, and non-orange in the kitten. The more white in a calico, the larger the patches of white, orange and non-orange because the migration of cells in the embryo is slowed. Once the color is in patches, you can see the effect of the tabby genes in the orange patches."

Calico cats are overwhelmingly female. According to The Cat Fancier's Association Complete Cat Book; Persian calico cats have been accepted by CFA for years and calico Persians are always female and give birth to black-and-white or red and white bi-colored sons.

Genetically, two X chromosomes are needed to produce a calico coat, which is why the majority of calico cats are females. If the colors are black/orange upon the coat, then the cat is a calico cat. If the colors are blue/cream instead of the standard black/orange, then the cat is a muted calico.

Dr. Oltenacu further explains: "There's a gene on the X-chromosome that controls orange/non-orange color. One form (allele) determines orange, the other allele non-orange (usually black, but the actual color is determined by other genes on the autosomes). Neither form is dominant to the other, so a cat with one of each is a tortie.

It has to be female, as this requires 2 X-chromosomes. Sometimes an abnormal male is born XXY instead of the usual XY, so can be tortie.

Clearly, this male is the result of inaccurate separation of the chromosomes during egg or sperm formation. Usually, males are orange or non-orange, but not tortie as they have just one X-chromosome.

Now, if the cat also has the white-spotting gene (again autosomal, not on the sex chromosome). This will cause the color to be in patches, rather than the diffuse mix of orange and black in the tortie. Hence the calico."

If the majority of calico cats are female, then does this make male calicos valuable? For cat lovers, a calico cat, regardless of gender is valuable to the owner. Calico cats are quirky, independent, a tad stubborn and fun to be around.

It is clear that calico cats have captivated hearts of cat fanciers around the world. On October 1, 2001 the state of Maryland was so enamored with this delightful cat that they declared the calico cat as their official state cat.

The author wishes to acknowledge her great appreciation for Dr. Oltenacu's assistance in preparing this article.

 

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« Reply #13 on: 28/06/2007 21:44:37 »
Nice Article Jim Bob.. I like it! I also Like calicos, and had't heard of the male clico thing since the 70's .. as I recall it was a big thing having a male Calico.. matters not to me I think they are all beautiful male and female alike..

 I am sorry you lost your kitty . I too lost mine last year and miss her a great deal!She was just a plain old grey hairball that I loved.. She ws extremely sweet! and loved to play my piano! LOL At three in the morning no less! LOL She liked the sound I supposed cause she would walk back and forth across the keyboard ..she was funny!
 

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« Reply #14 on: 29/06/2007 06:24:11 »
i want a kitty
 

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« Reply #15 on: 29/06/2007 06:46:16 »
Me too!
 

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« Reply #16 on: 29/06/2007 09:03:57 »
need a new kitty too...
 

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