Calico Cat Facts
Some interesting Calico Cat Facts
Firstly, Calico cats are not actually a recognized breed. When researching Calico cat facts we at Cats Island discovered that the name appertains to the animal’s tri colored coat and it is basically a domestic breed. They are also sometimes known as the tricolor cat for this very reason. The main color is almost always white with brown black or even orange patches. This gives these animals a rather cute appearance especially at the kitten stage of their lives. Other Calico cat facts you may not be aware of are that due to the same gene that gives the orange color most of them are females. This is due to the animals carrying an “X” chromosome which also serves to ensure that any males that do occur in the population are usually sterile.
Historical Calico Cat Facts
There are never any certainties when it comes down to assessing where a breed or strain of any animal originally came from. However, historical Calico cat facts gleaned from the sparse data available such as documentation give certain clues. It’s thought to have originated in Egypt and then spread to other parts of the Mediterranean. From there it’s accompanied merchants and travellers finding its way all over the world. It is now a very common sight in the USA, Canada and many parts of Western Europe too. In Fact I seem to remember reading some fascinating Calico cat facts including it being nominated as Maryland’s official state cat in 2001. It’s also interesting to note that they are known as “money cats” in the US and many cultures consider them to bring luck too.
The Calico Cat Facts You Really Need To Know
So you may be asking: do they make good pets? These are the kind of Calico cat facts any prospective owner (although I think the cats own us) needs to know. Well, first off most of them are female and in my limited experience that really does count for something. Females tend to do all the hunting and usually seem the most adept at it too. So, you are likely to end up with the odd carcass on your backyard or even in the middle of your lounge floor. Also, the one we have here lives outdoors and she is very feisty and not too sociable either. She is a small lean female and a natural born hunter. In fact, the theory that they originate here in the Mediterranean area could carry some weight as they are very prolific around here. There are legends here in Cyprus that suggest the Ancient Egyptian rulers brought in huge numbers of cats to keep down the snakes and vermin on the Island. For even more Calico Cat Facts there is a fascinating article here.