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post #1 of 14
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I have heard that Male Orange Cats are Sterile, is this true?

post #2 of 14

I'm pretty sure that is a myth lol, it is however true that most orange cats are male. Its about 80/20  male to female so you do see female orange cats too.

 

Many male calicos or torties are sterile however due to a XXY mutation described below.

 

 

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In order to be a boy, you need a Y chromosome. Boys are XY; girls are XX. Very rarely, a mutation occurs that leads to a calico or tortie male. Genetically, these cats are XXY. The two X’s allows for the color; the Y allows for the maleness.  The incidence is reported to be 1 in 3,000. 

In other words, out of every 3,000 cats with black and orange together in the hair coat, on average, 2,999 will be girls, and only one will be a boy. The XXY mutation leads to sterility. 

http://www.catchannel.com/experts/arnold_plotnick/are-female-orange-tabby-cats-sterile.aspx

 

post #3 of 14

I don't think that is true of orange cats.

post #4 of 14

Absolutely not true in any way. biggrin.gif Male calicos however are incredibly rare and most likely sterile. I have yet to ever actually meet one.

post #5 of 14

I don't think that's true.    We've had 2 orange males in the past, but they were neutered so I can't say anything from experience.

 

Our Angel is an orange female, which I know is rare.  Maybe that's why she's such a special little girl -- and she sure knows it - she is spoiled rotten!

post #6 of 14
laughing02.gif Don't mean to laugh anon.gif. NO!!!! NOT true. wavey.gif
post #7 of 14
Seeing as orange males make up a lot of the male cat population, I'm thinking no way. Can't speak from experience, Wessie is neutered.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kailie View Post

Absolutely not true in any way. biggrin.gif Male calicos however are incredibly rare and most likely sterile. I have yet to ever actually meet one.

yeah.gif Male orange cats are definitely able to reproduce unless you neuter them.
post #9 of 14

Peanut is!

 

 

... 'cause he's NEUTERED! laughing02.gif If he weren't, he'd be out having kittens by the boatload, I'm sure. I do think that's a rumor, but it's good to check if you've got any doubt whatsoever about whether it's necessary to neuter your cat!

 

(protip: It's necessary. biggthumpup.gif for your cat's health and well-being! he will be much happier, and so will you, I think!)

post #10 of 14

I have three kittens (well, 2.5 years old now) from an orange male.

post #11 of 14

RED!!!!!!! There's no such thing as an orange cat!doh3.gif Sorry, can't help but hate the wrong color terms a lot..bluelaugh.gif And no, red cats are not sterile.

post #12 of 14

Ah, well, maybe where you live.  Where I live, we have orange and yellow cats.

 

Keep in mind that while "red" may be the proper term for breeders, that doesn't mean lay people can't use another term.  There are many such items that purists bridle at, but most people have either gotten over it, or never cared in the first place.

 

I mean, don't get me started about news accounts of "truck accidents" that actually involved a pickup.


Edited by mrblanche - 11/25/11 at 4:12am
post #13 of 14
At the shelter, the "red" cat's are all called "orange". I call them orange too anon.gif. My Perkins is my orange/white boy and his nickname is Orange laughing02.gif. I have to say, I have never heard a cat called Yellow, is that Buff dontknow.gif.... This is getting very confusing bluelaugh.gif
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post

Ah, well, maybe where you live.  Where I live, we have orange and yellow cats.

 

Keep in mind that while "red" may be the proper term for breeders, that doesn't mean lay people can't use another term.  There are many such items that purists bridle at, but most people have either gotten over it, or never cared in the first place.

 

I mean, don't get me started about news accounts of "truck accidents" that actually involved a pickup.



Where I live? Lol.. No, this is the genetically correct term, internationally. And I do hate the "truck accidents" too..tongue.gif

But the color terms annoy me because I have usually no way of knowing whether the person talking about 'orange cat' means a red, cream, cinnamon, fawn or golden cat. Same goes with grey. What does a grey cat look like? Is it bad brown tabby, lilac, blue, silver? You get the idea. Specially when the original question involved genetics, the correct term was needed to know what color was meant so if the OP "didn't care", then why was he/she asking about a specific color and what is related to it?

I do know that people can call their cat what ever they want, but it doesn't make it the correct term.

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