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post #1 of 22
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post #2 of 22
This would have to be one of those genetic things, like when a baby gets an xxy chromosome or something right?

I guess if it is an actual male calico and someone wants a male calico and wants to pay 500$ instead of adopting a cat from a shelter... why not. I don't think this person could actually be breeding to get male calicos... could he????

I don't like the idea of "selling" animals at all though. Better than a free-to-a-good-home ad though by far.

I hope the best for the kitten and that he will land with someone loving and accepting of him regardless of his genetic weirdness or coat-pattern rarity.
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
I don't think this person could actually be breeding to get male calicos... could he????

Male calicos are generally thought to be infertile, with few exceptions

I am watching to see what happens.
post #4 of 22
Why wouldn't they post a pic of the kitten?!? I'll bet it is a scam.
post #5 of 22
The genetic possibilites of having a male calico are well......rare is true...and yes they are infertile....because it is a xxy combination.

But I'm surprised they are only asking 500 for it, they are worth a ton more than that.
post #6 of 22
I've understood (from our own Breeders' Forum as well as other places) that male calicos aren't worth anything in financial terms because they are infertile, so why would one want one over any other sort of cat. Calicos are beautiful anyway and every cat is worth its weight in gold, as we all know, but to pay a fortune because he is a male calico does not make sense. A sort of 'Hey, this cat has a genetic abnormality so I paid a lot of money for him?'
post #7 of 22
On breeding forums yes, completely worthless, but as for a rareity...yes.

Most rare things go for more than things that are completely common and everyday useful.

He may be useless when it comes to breeding but the fact that the existance comes only on happenstance, that is what makes them more valuable to someone. I personally don't care either way, male, female or breed. It's the personality that matters to me.

Just like with humans.

But that's why they are so much more expensive, the rareity of it's existance.
post #8 of 22
I wouldnt pay $500 for a male calico, any more tha I would pay that for a moggie female calico. They arent worth anymore than any other cat IMO.
post #9 of 22
Is it a calico moggy or what?
post #10 of 22
calico is a pattern, you can have calico maine coons etc.
post #11 of 22
In my opinion, the person selling this poor kitten is just in it for the money!Most male calico's are diluted calicos- and yes, those are usually moggies. There are breeders who have figured out how to breed for the "calico" patterns in more extravagant breeds such as persians, etc....those are purebreeds. But from the like of the add and her location in kentucky (no offense to anyone in ky, i live in the south myself- there.) my guess is it's just a moggie from a female kitty that she didn't have spayed or neutered. She found out that male calicos are rare and decided she'd make some money off of him. She obviously doesn't care about the health or wellbeing of the kitten by trying to "sell" him at 6 weeks....responsible people would keep him until he was a bit older so that they can properly socialize him, have him neutered and vaccinated...etc... so i highly doubt that this individual who is selling him has his best interest in mind!( we had one in mewtopia once, he was very sweet, but in no way, shape , or form did we ask $500 for his adoption fee, granted, those people are "selling" him, not adopting him out though.) Also, as some of the other members have posted, a male calico is a result of a genetic abnormality and as a result he Should be steril, but to err on the side of caution, the individual who is selling him should have him neutered to cut down on potential temperment issues, and also on spraying, and the minute- and i mean very very very, miunte chance that he isn't completely steril. In my opinion, he is a rare cat, yes...but the individual sellling him should not be asking $500 for him. Whatever happens with the kitty, i hope he finds a good and safe indoor him with someone who will take better care of him than this individual who is "selling him". And that sums up my 2 cents.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by joyful_gracie
calico is a pattern, you can have calico maine coons etc.
In NZ you can't have Calico Maine Coons they are TORTOISHELL and WHITE. They get offended if they're called Bicolours too.
post #13 of 22

Calicos are in fact royal...
Here is my darling Topaz
post #14 of 22
Well, with male calicos you don't have to neuter them because they are infertile....add that to the fact unneutered males usually grow bigger.......

It might be a good choice for someone who wants a really big calico cat, I guess.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Meowsas

Calicos are in fact royal...
Here is my darling Topaz
female/male? she looks female.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by shengmei
Well, with male calicos you don't have to neuter them because they are infertile....add that to the fact unneutered males usually grow bigger.......

It might be a good choice for someone who wants a really big calico cat, I guess.
My Nana's male calico smells worse then any of the other studs. Still waiting for kittens.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by shengmei
Well, with male calicos you don't have to neuter them because they are infertile....add that to the fact unneutered males usually grow bigger.......

It might be a good choice for someone who wants a really big calico cat, I guess.

I don't think sterility has any effect on spraying and agression...
post #18 of 22
I lived with a family who had a male calico cat. He was not neutered and boy did that boy smell... he also had a habit of not grooming himself. Not saying all male calicos are like that... but that was the one I met.

To me... a cat is a cat. Though DH and I would LOVE to have a male calico (we just love our calicos) we wouldnt' just go out of our way to buy one.

Though I have to agree with the person that said the seller probably doesn't care much about the cat. I do hope he is able to find a good home!
post #19 of 22
I still think sterile cats should be neutered, they can still spray etc, and may still be at risk of testicular cancer. And unless there is some test, how would you truly know they were sterile?
post #20 of 22
Oh shes a girl like most of them.
post #21 of 22
The only possible value a male calico would have beyond being a pet of course that I can think of would be for a breeder to use to get females to come out of heat without actually being bred.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by shengmei
Well, with male calicos you don't have to neuter them because they are infertile....add that to the fact unneutered males usually grow bigger.......

It might be a good choice for someone who wants a really big calico cat, I guess.
Oh, yes you do, because they still have tomcat behavior (roaming, spraying, hunting for females, fighting with other intact males). My sister has a male calico (dilute), and believe me, he had to be castrated. The hormones were definitely there.
Also, unneutered males aren't necessarily bigger, though they may appear so because of the chubby cheeks and cobby body. Studies here have shown that males neutered in kittenhood (usually at 6 months here) generally have longer bodies and limbs; supposedly that was true of castrati, also (I sometimes wonder how people come up with topics for their doctoral theses, as it was a German thesis I read, with references to Swiss, Austrian, and Italian studies. How do they "know" how long-boned opera-singing castrati were a few centuries ago?).

I really wonder just how "rare" male calicos are, as I know three (my sister's, an acquaintance's, and a neighbor's). Believe it or not, red female tabbies are really rare in Germany, but quite common in Malta.
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