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post #1 of 20
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HI EVERYONE, I'M NEW SO EXCUSE ME IF MY QUESTIONS ARE A REPEAT FOR SOME! I HAVE A MALE CALICO, NAMED BBbOY, HE IS 6 MONTHS OLD. I HAVE HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE TELL ME TO PUT HIM ON THE MARKET FOR STUD SERVICES, DUE TO THE RAREITY OF MALE CALICOS. IS THIS A GOOD IDEA? IS THERE A VIABLE SERVICE BBbOY CAN PERFORM. SOME HAVE ALSO INSINUATED I SHOULD MARKET HIM FOR SALE AS WELL, THAT HE IS WORTH $$ TO BREEDERS. HELP SOLVE THIS DILEMA. MY HUSBAND IS READY TO STAND ON CORNER WITH CAT AND SIGN!
THANKS
ROMONAT
post #2 of 20
From what I understand, all MALE CALICOS (which is very rare) are sterile so stud services won't work.

Hmmmmm, don't you want to keep him as your pet?

If not, be sure to find a GOOD LOVING home for him. DON'T give him away because many people who gets cats for free tend to be for labs where they do experiments on cats or for dogfights training. You can work with cat rescue/ cat adoption groups to find a good home for him.

PLS PLS PLS screen all candidates out before adopting him out- be sure the adopters WON'T declaw him, will keep him inside, will LOVE him, etc..

Good luck.
Pamela
post #3 of 20
The possibility of him being able to be a stud is well.........slim to none...........check our genetics forum for more information about this possibility. I am also moving this into the Breeders forum, because that is where it really belongs. Calicos are wonderful cats, they are quite literally my favorite.
post #4 of 20
Why don't you want to keep your kitten ? Just b/c of some money ? Sorry to tell you but calico male don't produce anything . I don't think that just as a regular cat he wont be much $$$ for you . You may just want to keep him and love him as your kitten .
post #5 of 20
Male calico are fairly rare, but aren’t worth any more money than any other cat (unless you find a sucker). I see the “valuable male calico†question (I think it’s more of an urban legend at this point) pop up on message boards on the web every few months or so.

Male calicos have a chromosomal abnormality in that they have an extra x chromosome (xxy) – something that in humans has some pretty nasty side effects that luckily don’t happen in cats.

I can’t imagine why anyone would want to use a mixed breed cat in a breeding program to begin with, much less one with a chromosomal abnormality. If he isn’t sterile, he won’t have a better chance of throwing another male calico than any other stud cat. He can only pass one of those three chromosomes to his offspring if he isn't sterile. If he passes an "x", the kitten will be a girl. If he passes the "y", the kitten will be a boy, but since the red (‘calico’) color isn't carried on "y" and it takes two, any boys he produces won't be calico.

Bottom line – I’m sure he’s a nice cat. See to it that he has a good home with you or someone else and forget about the money.
post #6 of 20
Uhm, I think this poll has no votes on it because it's a ridiculous set of options. Sell the cat or Breed the cat - hmmm...neither.
post #7 of 20
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Originally posted by Pamela
DON'T give him away because many people who gets cats for free tend to be for labs where they do experiments on cats or for dogfights training.
that just ruined my day How do these people look at themselves in the mirror!
post #8 of 20
As you can see by the other post, if you have a male calico, it will be sterile. Breeders would not take a calico, since they are not pure breeds anyway. As for selling your cat for money. Is that all he is worth to you? There is more to this life than money and the love and companionship from your cat is something NO money can buy. Why don't you want to keep him a pet for yourself I hope you and your husband keep him and if not, please find this cat a good home where he will be loved.
post #9 of 20
I have a feeling that this is a one-post wonder and we're not going to see ol' RamonaT again.

On the topic of dog fighting... My family used to have the most beautiful shetland sheepdog Casey. He was loving, obedient and simply gorgeous. One day when we came home he had been taken from our outdoor kennel. The local authorities told us that dogs in the area were being stolen for underground dog fighting.
To think of that poor little dog being fed to the wolves just tears me up inside even to this day.
post #10 of 20
Actually no, I have known two Male Calicos who have mated and produced normal healthy kits. So not all male calicos are sterile, but most are. They are also very rare. Is your kitten(cat) a purebred or a Domestic?

post #11 of 20
Shetland sheepdog.. that's that beautiful "Lassie" dog if I'm correct

May his soul be embraced with God's love in the afterlife
post #12 of 20
Keep him! there are so rare
post #13 of 20
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Originally posted by c1atsite
Shetland sheepdog.. that's that beautiful "Lassie" dog if I'm correct

May his soul be embraced with God's love in the afterlife
Lassie was a collie, a shetland sheepdog is like a mini-version.

Here's a pic of one I found on the internet (too cute)


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I think that the novelty of owning a somewhat rare kitten is worth the most.
post #14 of 20
I'm holding a male calico in my arms right now, his new owner doesn't know how lucky she's going to be.

Please keep him!
post #15 of 20
As already mentioned most male calicos have a chromosome abnormality and they are often sterilt. However, there are fertile male calicos but most of the are just "fake" calicos. Most of them are gentically red. The black colour that makes them look like calicos are in fact very intense red colour (I know, it sounds crazy) making them "fake" calicos.

Often this kind of intense red colour that appears to be black can be found in many red cats. Many red cats have "black" whiskers, but they're not really black, just intense red.
post #16 of 20
Does your male cat contain a lot of white? if not, he is actualy tortiseshell. Those are way more rare then a calico. If you are at all interested in selling him, let me know. Those cats can be worth up to $10,000...I've looked it up online. I have a female tortishell, so in the future, if you are interested in breeding them, let me know!
post #17 of 20
There is an entire book written on male calicos and the misconception that they are valuable titled "Cats Are Not Peas." I don't remember the author; the book is technical but covers all the issues.

They are rare, but it doesn't take a calico male to get a calico cat, so they aren't needed for breeding calicos. An orange or black cat with white, can breed with a calico, tortoiseshell or orange or black female with white and produce a calico kitten. We have a calico feral cat in our garden and she has produced several calico and tortoiseshell kittens.

Actually, I suspect that plain orange females are more rare than calicos or tortoiseshells.
post #18 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by meloneyez4
Does your male cat contain a lot of white? if not, he is actualy tortiseshell. Those are way more rare then a calico. If you are at all interested in selling him, let me know. Those cats can be worth up to $10,000...I've looked it up online. I have a female tortishell, so in the future, if you are interested in breeding them, let me know!
The colour Tortoishell does not contain white, the colour Tortoishell is made up of Black and two different shades of Red. Please don't feed the trolls, and as you can see this post was from a long time ago.
post #19 of 20
Your male calico is rare...as a pet. However, his breeding career is shot. Most male calicos are sterile, though there have been a handful that have produced litters. Breeders would not be interested in Bobby because not only is he most likely sterile but he also is just a mixed breed cat. He has nothing to offer anyone as a stud cat and should be neutered, there are enough homeless cats in the world.
post #20 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by meloneyez4
Does your male cat contain a lot of white? if not, he is actualy tortiseshell. Those are way more rare then a calico. If you are at all interested in selling him, let me know. Those cats can be worth up to $10,000...I've looked it up online. I have a female tortishell, so in the future, if you are interested in breeding them, let me know!
I can't imagine anyone who would pay 10,000 $ for a mixed breed cat who is most likely sterile, and even if not, would not produce male calico kittens.
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