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All cats with 3 or more colors are females!

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All cats with 3 or more colors, like Calicos, are females!!!!!!!!!!!

Did anyone know this? I didn't. I just found it out yesterday! It's such an interesting fact!
post #2 of 33
I have a male cat that says otherwise!

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Wrell, the only calico I had in the past was a female! RIP Muffin!
post #4 of 33
Not quite - but because the the way feline genetics work, it's extremely rare for a tricolour to be male - and rarer still for the male to be capable of reproduction.

Both calicos in my sig (Molly on the left, Sláine toward the right) are female - no they are not related (that I know of!)
post #5 of 33
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Originally Posted by LokisMum View Post
Wrell, the only calico I had in the past was a female! RIP Muffin!
Rest in peace Muffin - play happily at Rainbow Bridge.
post #6 of 33
Typical 'calico' (as in separate patches of colour) cats generally are females, but not all cats with more than 2 colours are... and there is always exceptions to the rules
post #7 of 33
The color gene is carried on the X chromosome. In order for a cat to have black and orange, it must have two X chromosomes. In some cases, a male will be born with XXY chromosomes and thus is most like sterile.

In the case of tabbies, the brown tabby like our beautiful example here is genetically black but the selection of individuals with strong rufousing has produced a rich brown color in the ticked hairs.
post #8 of 33
Gee , he looks a lot like sweet Lucy!
post #9 of 33
My Oscar has 3 colors and my dad's RB kitty Sassy had 3 colors and was also male
post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by Willie'sLove View Post
All cats with 3 or more colors, like Calicos, are females!!!!!!!!!!!

Did anyone know this? I didn't. I just found it out yesterday! It's such an interesting fact!
Not ALL tri colored cats, just the vast majority. It is really rare to find a male calico or tortie. That is what is usually referred to by 3 colors, a calico or tortie. Other types of cats have three colors or more all blended together and can be male or female.
post #11 of 33
I also have a male cat that says otherwise! He is grey, cream and white!
post #12 of 33
I have a male (Harley) who is black, brown & white And Davidson (male) is also gray, white and some black
post #13 of 33
Cats Considerd Calico or Tri-color tortie's are normally female yes. However once in a blue moon you get a male. which almost 99.999% of the time is sterile.

All tri colored cats are not considered calico's or tortie's Duke is white with 2 varieties of orange on him and is definately not a calico.
post #14 of 33
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Wow...you guys are so..............interesting!!!!

You all have so much to say about everything! That's what I love about TCS!
post #15 of 33
The animal attendant from the shelter said she's seeing an increase in female ginger cats coming through the shelter. Not a huge amount, but the numbers are increasing every year. I thought that was interesting!

There's some more info for you WilliesLove - ginger cats are almost always male!

I believe I read somewhere that the tortie and ginger colours are the same gene. If a male has that colour gene, they turn out ginger, and if a female has that gene, it makes them tortoiseshell. I'd have to go Googling for confirmation of that though...
post #16 of 33
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
The animal attendant from the shelter said she's seeing an increase in female ginger cats coming through the shelter. Not a huge amount, but the numbers are increasing every year. I thought that was interesting!

There's some more info for you WilliesLove - ginger cats are almost always male!

I believe I read somewhere that the tortie and ginger colours are the same gene. If a male has that colour gene, they turn out ginger, and if a female has that gene, it makes them tortoiseshell. I'd have to go Googling for confirmation of that though...
My niece Jasmine has a ginger female named Miss Kitty. Shes the first girl Ive seen. Thats interesting that there are more cominginto the shelter.
post #17 of 33
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
The animal attendant from the shelter said she's seeing an increase in female ginger cats coming through the shelter. Not a huge amount, but the numbers are increasing every year. I thought that was interesting!

There's some more info for you WilliesLove - ginger cats are almost always male!

I believe I read somewhere that the tortie and ginger colours are the same gene. If a male has that colour gene, they turn out ginger, and if a female has that gene, it makes them tortoiseshell. I'd have to go Googling for confirmation of that though...
The color gene is carried on the X chromosome. In order for a cat to have black and orange, it must have two X chromosomes. In some cases, a male will be born with XXY chromosomes and thus is most like sterile.

In the case of ginger cats, females will have two orange X chromosomes. Rarer than females with a black X and an orange X but not as rare as a male with XXY.
post #18 of 33
Chichi is a ginger girl
post #19 of 33
YUP, when people make that statement, they are reffering to the **calicos**.......Because there are ragdoll males amongst the 3 colored cats, and tabby/whites, ect. But it DOES run as a general rule that there are no male calicos. And I think the only few out there are tortie type, not big patches like the actual calico color. ........What about the japanese bobtail who I think is supposed to be white with a few big patches??
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Tavia is a ginger and I had a cat named Chevy that was a girl and was all ginger. I had her back when I was married. Was part of the reason I got divorced she had an accident and hubby took her to the pound (I hope) while I was at work without telling me about it.
post #21 of 33
I learned that when I found Frankie and took her to the vet. We'd already named her Frankie (after Frank Sinatra who died about a month before we found her... thats a story in itself) then we got her to the vet who informed us that almost all calico's are female. That's not the first time I've had an identity crisis w/ a cat either.
post #22 of 33
I always thought the "rule" was in relation to calicos.

Lazlo is a tabby - he's grey, black, and white with a coffee-colored splotch on his mouth and nose and two coffee-colored splotches on his neck (looks like a vampire bit him!). We call him "the coffee stained boy."
post #23 of 33
Reilly has 4 colours and he's male (brown, black, white around his mouth and orange).

My dilute calico is a female though
post #24 of 33
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
I always thought the "rule" was in relation to calicos.

Me too... My Toulouse is white, black, brown and tan. No tri-color there!
post #25 of 33
My sister has a male dilute calico. Most, but not all, ginger cats in Germany are males, but Malta is known for its ginger females.
post #26 of 33
my mum has a male torti , not to sure if he was sterial as when she got him he was netured straight away
post #27 of 33
i have a link to a great informative site about calicos, torties, etc., if anyone's interested...
Torties, Calicos and Tricolor Cats
post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by katachtig View Post
The color gene is carried on the X chromosome. In order for a cat to have black and orange, it must have two X chromosomes. In some cases, a male will be born with XXY chromosomes and thus is most like sterile.
I agree and want to add:
I don't consider black and white to be true "colors."
A color is found on the color wheel: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo & violet.
Black, White and Grey are not included because they are not considered to be colors. White is all light and black is the absence of light.
post #29 of 33
Howler is a male he has more than 2 colors He has White, Brown, Balck and Gray
post #30 of 33
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Originally Posted by Felicia's Mom View Post
I agree and want to add:
I don't consider black and white to be true "colors."
A color is found on the color wheel: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo & violet.
Black, White and Grey are not included because they are not considered to be colors. White is all light and black is the absence of light.
So my cat would only be brown even though it has white black and gray too I am confused. I no nothing about colors and there meanings so this is new to me a little neat info thanks all
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