Every Detail About Calico Cats: It’s harder to believe but it’s true, Calico cat saved a railway station in Japan from being closed. Calico cats are famous due to their gorgeous looks. In this blog, you’ll learn Each and every detail about Calico Cats that you want to know including genetics, difference, names around the world, and interesting facts, as well as the beautiful and true story about how a calico cat saved a railway station from being closed.
Every Detail About Calico Cats That You Need to Know
What is A Calico Cat?
A calico cat is a domestic cat with a coat that’s typically 25% to 75% white with large orange and black patches (or sometimes cream and grey patches).
These cats are domestic cats. Their outer coat is usually 25% up to 75% white with large orange and black patches (sometimes cream and gray patches).
Speaking of coloring there are actually 3 variations of calico coloring:
1. The standard Calico
It has a primarily white coat with patches of orange and black.
2. Dilute Calico
Which has the same white base, but their patches are softened to charcoal grey, cream and light orange.
And a mix of calico and tabby cat called Calibby. The calibby has the same color variations as calicos, with the addition of the signature tabby stripes.
Now that we know what’s a calico and it’s coloring, let’s see how they’re named across the world.
How They’re Named Across The World
Outside North America, the calico pattern is more usually called Tortoiseshell and white.
In the province of Quebec, Canada, they are sometimes called Chatte D’espagne which is french for the female cat of Spain.
Other names include Brindle, Tricolor cat, Tobi mi-ke, Japanese for “Triple fur”, or Lapjeskat which means patches cat in dutch.
Calicos with diluted coloration have been called Calimanco or Clouded tiger.
Let’s now continue with genetics and learn how they look so amazing.
Since the genetic side isn’t the easiest part I’ll try to make it as digestible as possible.
The genetic code for color is contained in an X chromosome. Female cats have XX and male cats have XY.
To be a calico, a cat must have the XX combination, that’s why most calico is female.
In very rare cases, a male can inherit an extra X chromosome, making him exhibit the calico pattern, but in return making him sterile and prone to health problems.
But don’t panic if you have a male calico, with a healthy diet, exercise, and lots of love and attention you can help him live a longer and happier life.
An interestingly, male cats can carry this extra gene only in some cells of their body, and therefore some of them can actually have kittens.
But these ones are even harder to find.
Calico cats express a white spotting gene and that’s how they get this beautiful pattern.
Let’s move forward! And know extra things
Calico Is Not A Breed But A Color Pattern Of The Fur
The most famous breeds that can have this pattern are Maine coon, Japanese bobtail, or Persian cat.
But many more can also have it.
Although British Shorthairs and Russian Blues can sport the calico pattern, the breed organizations accept only cats with solid-colored coats.
Pointed breeds like the SIamese don’t accept calicos either, because the breed has a specific coloring of a light-colored body with darker fur on the cat’s extremities.
And now, let me tell you some amazing fun facts, before unveiling the beautiful story of how a calico saved the railway station.
Amazing Fun Facts
1. In Germany, calico cats are said to bring good luck.
2. In the United States, they are sometimes referred to as money cats.
3. A cat with the calico coloration is also the state cat of Maryland, in the US.
4. In Japan, most Maneki-Neko figures depict calico cats because they bringing good luck.
5. Japanese sailors often had a calico ship’s cat to protect against misfortune at sea.
And the moment you’ve been waiting.
How A Calico Cat Saved A Railway Station From Being Closed?
A calico cat saved a railway station in Japan from being closed. This happened back in 2007 when the Kinokawa train station was about to be closed due to budget issues.
As a last resort, the town sent a local calico cat as the stationmaster, and she would greet passengers when they passed by.
As the calico cat became a celebrity, it drove a 17% increase in traffic, saving the station from closing.
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