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Calico cats are truly beautiful cats and I know I’m not the only one who geeks out on the genetics of what makes them so special! Did you know that most Calico cats are females? It’s because the X chromosome is responsible for both orange and black fur, and female cats can display both of these colors since they have two X chromosomes. Males only have one X chromosome, which means they can be either orange or black. For a male cat to have a calico pattern, which happens in 1 out of 3,000 cases, the feline has to have three sex chromosomes (two Xs and a Y) and are sterile as a result. The genetics aren’t just fascinating, they also make incredibly beautiful cats!
A book to consider for those that love the genetics aspects is “Cats are Not Peas: A Calico History of Genetics” by Laura Gould and is said to be “for everyone with an interest in cats and cat breeding, this is an unforgettable and often hilarious account of the intersecting lives of cats and geneticists”!
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For Those that Wear Their Love of Calicos: Calico Cat Jewelry, Calico Cat Clothing, and Calico Cat Shoes.
For Calico Cat Lovers Always on the Go: Calico Cat Key Chains, Calico Cat Water Bottle or Thermos, Calico Cat Bags, and Calico Cat Car Decals and Stickers!
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