Originally Posted by Sandtigress
Hope that was informative!
You have all been quite informative ... and if I weren't so
ignorant, I would probably recognize how helpful, as well!
Ok. So now I'm a little confused (good sign ... I'm learning!)
I thought "calico" meant "tri-colored" -- either patchy
or tortoise shell. Now, as I read what you'e all had to say, I'm
not so sure I understand my own question.
So, what, exactly, is calico?
What is prompting these questions, beyond mere curiosity, is
looking at our two female cats, who are litter mates. The mother
was a "calico" I'm told -- father(s) unknown. The offspring
are both grey/white tabbies. Both have a fair amount of peach
underlying both their white and grey colors, but one is definitely
"peachier" than the other. I call one aluminum (bluer) to the
other's copper (redder.)
My husband and I were wondering what genes from which parent
would lead to such coloring, and why neither is "calico."
Thanks, by the way. I find this fascinating!