The Special Look Of A Calico Cat (PHOTOS)

The rich, stunning colors of a calico cat are simply beautiful.

Out of all the cats I’ve ever had since I was a kid, I’ve only had one calico. Her name was Kelly and she was a little cranky. She was beautiful though and people always commented on how just how gorgeous she was to look at. With deep green eyes, she was mostly white with black on her back and red patches here and there.

I knew she was special but I never knew about the characteristics of calico cats. First of all, calico cats are not a breed, but rather a color blend of white, black, and orange. They are almost always female (but male calicos do exist).

The color of a cat’s coat is sex-linked. Since female cats carry two X  chromosomes  (XX) and males carry (XY), females can display two colors on an X chromosome. A male calico is sort of a freak of nature because they would have to have two X chromosomes and are typically sterile. In humans, it’s called Klinefelter’s syndrome (XXY Syndrome).

So are calicos extra special or are they just like redheads in humans? Take a look through these photos where these calicos answer that question themselves!

  • Move over black cats 1 of 10
    You've got nothing on me!
    Image: Stockxchng/ xvoltagex
  • The bluest eye 2 of 10
    I bet even Toni Morrison would want me!
    Image: Flickr/ redheadjokes
  • I protest the question 3 of 10
    You get my back view just for asking... gorgeous isn't it?
  • But, of course… 4 of 10
    Could I be any more special? I think not!
  • The nose knows 5 of 10
    My facial colors are like the sparkles of a diamond
    Image: Flickr/ Sujit & Roz
  • Strike a pose 6 of 10
    Can your orange tabby look as appealing as me?
    Image: Stockxchng/ kcairney
  • We’re so gorgeous… 7 of 10
    we get flowers...for no occasion at all.
    Image: Flickr/ Giane
  • Grey Calico 8 of 10
    I may be young, but I know I'm special.
    Image: Stockxchng/ Giane
  • Peasant 9 of 10
    Oh, how drab it must be to be only grey. Poor squirrel. Now, what were you saying?
    Image: Flickr/ redheadjokes
  • I’ll let you watch me sleep 10 of 10
    and if you're real quiet, feel free to snap a photo.
    Image: Flickr/ Tokyohanna



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