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May 23rd, 2005, 05:44 PM
hi i have a cat and i think shes a calico but she could be a tortise shell. plz help.her pics to big so heres a web with a pic.

Lucky Rescue
May 23rd, 2005, 06:37 PM
Your kitty is a very lovely calico!

Here is a pic of a tortoiseshell, for comparison:

May 23rd, 2005, 06:39 PM
ty :thumbs up , i thought so. i wasnt sure because i found a pic of a tortise shell that look alot like her.

doggy lover
May 23rd, 2005, 07:00 PM
Here's my calico, and her name is Cali.

May 24th, 2005, 07:34 PM
And here is a pic of my Calico Phoenix... :)

Lucky Rescue
May 24th, 2005, 08:51 PM
Those kitties are gorgeous!! Calico cats are quite popular.:)

May 25th, 2005, 09:40 AM
here is my calico Angel

May 27th, 2005, 02:17 AM
I love how the calico happens. It's only in females, and early on in cell division, one of the X chromosomes shuts off, and if one X is black and the other is orange, the random shutting off gives the black and orange patches.

Tortoiseshell is almost the same mechanism too.

Serious biology makes for some pretty seriously pretty kitties.. :)

May 27th, 2005, 06:48 AM
She looks exactly like my old cat Amelia. I wish I still had her she dissapeared off of our back deck about 8 years ago and we never found her :confused:
She could almost be the same cat.

May 27th, 2005, 12:55 PM
There's a tortie in my neighborhood. I beleive she belongs to my next-door-neighbors. :evil: I know she had one litter of two kittens a few years ago :( , neither of which had the tortie colouring. I don't know if they finally got her spayed, or if she's just finding her men elsewhere now that the intact male across the street is gone, but I haven't seen any kittens around in a couple of years.

Prin, that was a great lesson in biology. Thanks for that. :thumbs up

I love calico's. But, didn't I read in another thread that it in very, very rare instances, it is possible to get a male calico?

Lucky Rescue
May 27th, 2005, 01:36 PM
in very, very rare instances, it is possible to get a male calico?

Yes, it's possible but a male calico is a genetic oddity and usually sterile.

May 27th, 2005, 02:46 PM
I love calicos, they are just beautiful. I actully just leaned that about calicos in my biology course last semester (had a genetics teacher for it so guess what we learned about the most lol). It is possible to get a male calico like lucky said just thought I would add that it is usually starile (99% of the time) because to be a male calico it must have XXY. That happends when the X and the Y chromosome didn't split correctly so it is carried in one sperm and that sperm attaches with the egg which is an x making it xxy. (sorry I just love genetics, my fav. subject.)

May 31st, 2005, 04:58 PM
This is KC my oldest furbaby. Is she a Calico or Tortie. Someone told me calico has to be black white and orange. KC is grey white and orange. Is there such thing as a tortie calico?

Lucky Rescue
May 31st, 2005, 07:32 PM
Wow, KC is just stunning! She is a calico. Calico/tortie/torbie is quite complicated and I don't pretend to know about the genetics, but there are many kinds of calico.

My foster Angel, is a "high white" calico.

Betty, another adoptee, is a "dilute Tortie".

My feral momma cat has tabby patches in with the orange and white, yet is still a calico, but leaning towards torbie.

And here is a "Dilute Calico"

May 31st, 2005, 09:58 PM
Thanks :) I will pass the compliment onto her.

I rescued her from the ditch about nine years ago...She was the first pet that was mine :love:

doggy lover
June 2nd, 2005, 12:48 PM
Here is a pic of my other cat Patches she is a dilute calico, my daughter has a thing for calico's I guess.

Lucky Rescue
June 2nd, 2005, 12:52 PM
dogglover, that cat is not calico, but tortoiseshell!:)

doggy lover
June 2nd, 2005, 12:55 PM
thanks Lucky

June 2nd, 2005, 01:28 PM
That is a calico kitty through and through. I recently saw a cross between a calico and torti and she was most intriguing!