Monday, July 12, 2010
"Calico refers to the pattern of coloring on a cat's coat, they are NOT a specific breed" http://www.thecatsite.com/
My obsession with cats started at age 15. The object of my obsession was none other than a Calico cat (see my November 3, 2009 blog post "Loving Cats, When Did It Start?") So naturally my interest was piqued while watching our local news yesterday where they were discussing a Calico cat who was available to be adopted. The individual from the rescue organization said the vast majority of Calico cats are female. Finding a male Calico is rare indeed. I had never heard this before, so I headed straight to the computer to find out why and to find out more information about this beautifully colored cat.
I found some interesting info on http://www.lovetoknow.com/ and I am happy to share it with you:
"The genetic code for color is contained in an X chromosome. Female cats receive an X chromosome from each parent, making them XX, while male cats receive an X chromosome from their mother and a Y chromosome from their father, making them XY. In Calicos, one X chromosome carries the red color, while the other X carries black. Because two X chromosomes are necessary to create those distinct color patches, you'll find nearly all Calico cats are female. The few male Calicos you'll find (perhaps one in three thousand), are nearly always sterile."
Some more interesting facts about Calico Cats:
October 1, 2001 The State Of Maryland declared the Calico Cat as their Official State Cat. (I never knew states had "Official State Cats", what is YOUR State's Official Cat?)
They are believed to bring good luck to any home who is lucky enough to have one, so if you are lucky enough to be "owned" by a Calico Cat run out and get that Mega Million or Powerball ticket today and when you win, thank your Calico and share a bit with this blogger who gave you this tip?
The photos above are none other than David Lawrence's Calico Cat "Baby Girl", David is a member of my Cat Chat page on Facebook. Come and join us!