Welcome to the first post in my Caturday Spotlight series! Every week I will be bringing you great photos of the most beautiful, adorable or downright unusual cats. This week’s Caturday Spotlight is one of my personal favorites, Calico cats.
Calico cats are my favorite.
Calico cats are distinguished by their tri-colored coats which are usually a combination of orange, black and white.
They can be dilute like the one pictured below or more vibrant like the one pictured above.
Fun fact: Calico cats are usually female. In fact, only about 1 in 3,000 Calico cats are male. So, if you have one, you can count yourself pretty lucky!
The confusion about Calicos.
Calico cats are often confused with another coat pattern known as Tortoiseshell or “Tortie”.
Tortoiseshell and Calico cats both have multi-colored coats but there’s one thing that sets them apart.
The difference between a Tortoiseshell and a Calico is the presence of white.
Some Torties are mistaken for Calicos because they have a light creme color in their coats. But creme isn’t white.
So, if your Calico doesn’t have at least some white in it’s coat, then it’s actually a Tortie.
A little or a lot.
Calico cats can have varying degrees of white in their coat. For example, they can be mostly white with patches of orange, gray, creme, brown or black.
They can also be mostly black and orange with a white underbelly and paws.
While others have very little white like these two pictured below.
My Calico cats.
My first Calico was a rescue kitten named Bella. I rescued her from a lady that claimed to run a cat rescue but when I went to pick Bella up from the lady’s house, I quickly realized the lady wasn’t a rescuer, she was a cat hoarder.
Bella was my first Calico but I recently adopted another one.
My new little girl is called Cali. She is more dilute than Bella but just as sweet.
Now that I’ve shared my kitties with you, here are a few more cuties before you go.
That’s all I have for you today. But be sure to come back next Caturday Spotlight for our next featured kitty, the Maine Coon.