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    Hi i am new here and i have one female calico cat named Bella

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    Hello Bella's Mommy, I'm glad you joined the forum. I like calico cats, they have pretty fur!

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    Welcome to the forum, I have one dog, a german sheherd and three cats, a siamese and two bengals
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    I do a podcast about pets with my sister called: FurBalls & DogBones - A great resource for all things pets!
    Help all the pets you can!

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    Welcome!!

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    Hi Bella's Mom!

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    Hi Bella's Mommy!


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    Hello, welcome to the forum!

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    Welcome to the forum Bella! I love calcos and the cat's name.

    Did you know most calico cats are female?
    Keep your cats inside and safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CatMom1994 View Post
    Welcome to the forum Bella! I love calcos and the cat's name.

    Did you know most calico cats are female?
    Why are they mostly females?

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    Calico cats are almost always female. This is because the gene that codes for coloration is found on the X chromosome. This 'color gene' will code for a specific color such as black, orange, etc.
    Each individual receives an X chromosome from its mother. It receives a Y (male) or X (female) chromosome from its father. Female kittens, then, have 2 X chromosomes and males have a Y and an X.

    A cat must have 2 X chromosomes for it to be calico. It takes 2 X chromosomes to be female; and it takes 2 X chromosomes each carrying a gene that codes for a different color for the cat to be calico. Another chromosome (not the X or the Y) codes for white.

    As the early embryo develops, some cells turn on one X chromosome, and some use the coding from the other. Let us say cell A turns on the X chromosome whose 'color gene' codes for orange. As cell A divides, all its daughter cells will also code for orange. This results in a patch of orange, since the daughter cells remain in a group. Another cell, cell B, turns on the other X chromosome which happens to have the code for black. Its group of daughter cells will result in a patch of black. Because the early embryonic cells randomly turn on one X chromosome or the other, we get these multiple patches of color.

    There are rare instances when a male kitten could have 2 X chromosomes and one Y chromosome. He then could be a calico if each of the X chromosomes has a 'color gene' which codes for a different color.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    Ok! Thank you for the info.

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    Adding to what Linda posted: XXY cats don't need to be neutered.
    Keep your cats inside and safe.

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    most but no all are sterile, and they can still make just not produce kittens,doesn't affect their nose and they know what's going on
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    I know they can still mount queens and bite them on the neck. Duh. The difference is not having a complete male reproductive system, right?
    Keep your cats inside and safe.

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