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post #31 of 44
little confusing. I know that boots is a tabby but Sally looks just like the calico on that site. Never knew there were so many different kinds of kitties. LOL.
post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by luvmyhorse780
little confusing. I know that boots is a tabby but Sally looks just like the calico on that site. Never knew there were so many different kinds of kitties. LOL.
Yeah I think your cat is a calico. I was still confused about mine until I saw those pictures from Wikpedia or whatever it is. lol
Those pictures are very clear to me on what is and isn't calico.
post #33 of 44
What is Skittles then.... She has a few red strikes
post #34 of 44
well that was more helpful. So my other cat Fat Cat she looks just like skittles but short haired what would she be considered? Oh BTW my name is Tonya also...LOL just noticed your name.
post #35 of 44
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
What is Skittles then.... She has a few red strikes
Well if you read the article up there it says patches of color that is not mixed in. I figure this means the mixed in spots, not the all mixed up color like the torties show. So I don't think your's is a calico because the red is blended in and not in patches. Does that make sense?
post #36 of 44
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See this kitten.....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Kaka.JPG
.see how all the colors are mixed together in its patterns? This is a tortie. A calico is a kitten that has it's orange/red spots without colors all through it, the same as it's other colors. Nothing is all stripped together like this cat. So I'm assuming Skittles and the other cat you're talking about Tonya is tortie. Still doing research.
post #37 of 44
that what i thought to but fat cat don't have no orange or red color at all. or does that matter what color they are? I have better pic of fat cat but have to use hubby computer but hes on it right now. My laptop don't have an A drive and my digital uses floppies. but I will post it as soon as he gets off his...LOL guess i could just boot him off...LOL
post #38 of 44
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I have learned today that torties ARE calicos, but the ones called calicos are technically the ones with patches of orange/red , white, and black or blue.

Here is something that is very helpful on striped cats:

A true tricolor must have one of its colors derived from the red gene -- either red (orange) or cream (kind of a light, orangy beige, not unlike the color many people call "ginger"). If it does not have one of these two colors, it is not a true tricolor. The second color must be white, and the third color must be black, blue (a blue-gray), chocolate, lilac (a pale rose-beige), cinnamon, or fawn (a pale buff color). Black and blue are by far the most common.

Some cats may appear to have three colors, but in fact may only have two. There is a designation called "bicolor" where the cat has a significant portion of white fur, but the rest of the cat is either a solid color such as black, blue, red, or a patterned color such as brown tabby, silver tabby (what many people call "tiger"), blue tabby, etc.

A white cat with patches of tiger stripe might appear to have three colors -- white, black, and gray -- but because one of the three colors is not red or cream, it is not a true tricolor. It's defined (colorwise) as a tabby and white. A white cat with red or cream tabby patches is not a true tricolor either; only one of the colors may be red or cream in a true tricolor.
post #39 of 44
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Okay, based on what I just read that is in the above post I think Skittles is a tabby and white.
Which is what my kitten Chris is.
post #40 of 44
If you need another pic, Gracie in my siggy is a true Calico. (Leo is just plain brown tabby with white and Raphael is obviously black and white )
post #41 of 44
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Yep, Gracie is a calico for sure. She's very pretty
post #42 of 44
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Allie, let me ask you something. On that one site it said that calicos are very tempermental. Is that true?
That worries me a little being that I have four children.

Anybody else with calicos please respond too. Stormy is one of the ones that is and we are keeping her. So I'm curious if she's going to be a meanie. lol
post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by gottalotagals
Allie, let me ask you something. On that one site it said that calicos are very tempermental. Is that true?
That worries me a little being that I have four children.

Anybody else with calicos please respond too. Stormy is one of the ones that is and we are keeping her. So I'm curious if she's going to be a meanie. lol
Gracie is really sweet and actually kind of skittish and shy around new people or new situations. She loves kneading on people's bellies and loves being pet and brushed, but is kind of cheeky sometimes with the other kitties...she has to be fed first and occassionally will steal or attempt to steal their treats, but she's never aggressive. Her favorite pastimes involve following me around for attention, begging for people food and playing with Da Bird (she gets REALLY pumped about Da Bird). She's also a lap cat. Out of all the cats I've had, she's the only one who has never once nipped at me.

But she's absolutely bursting at the seems with this really exuberant personality. She's kind of a clown and if she were a person she'd be that "Me! Oooh! Pick me!" person.
post #44 of 44
My first "stray/ferel" that we found when she was about 8 weeks old (with her litter mates that were WILD and couldn't be caught) was a calico/tortie. She was very tempermental with strangers but mainly just either hid from them or gave them attitude (dirty looks (seriously) then walk away etc.) but she was the sweetest girl ever! When I started dating my hubby she hated him and gave him dirty looks all the time he would talk to her and she would look way etc. but in the end she ended up his cat!!!!!!!!!
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