Thursday, January 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen Edition #7

Me and the MTLH decided to do some research on calico cats in honor of this Thursday Thirteen. Unfortunatlee-we couldn't find 13 things so we will fill in the blanks random cat facts.

9 Things about Calico Cats You May Have Not Known
*and 4 random cat facts*

1. Effective October 1, 2001, the calico cat became the official cat of Maryland.
2. Calico is not a breed of cat, but an unusual coloring occurring across many breeds, including Domestic Short-hair, Persian, and Manx.
3. Virtually all calico cats are female; a male calico is a genetic anomaly and usually sterile
4. only one out of every 3,000 calicos is male.

5. A calico cat must be a tri-color, with its three colors in distinct patches, not mixed as in a tortoiseshell cat
6. Calico cats traditionally are believed to be bringers of good luck and even money, especially in Japan
7. Calico cats are quirky, independent, a tad stubborn and fun to be around.
8. The difference between a calico and a tortoiseshell is this: With a calico, there is a significant amount of white, and the two colors are broken up into distinct patches. This has to do with the interaction of white spotting. With a tortoiseshell, the three colors are blended and don't form distinct patches. A tortoiseshell may have significant portions of white as well, but the remaining colors are blended (this particular pattern is called a tortoiseshell and white).
9. Cats beat dogs for the #1 spot as the most popular pet in the United States. WELL DUH!
10. A happy cat carries its tail upright, while a nervous one holds it down low. When a cat fluffs out its tail, it is to appear larger and scare off whatever is frightening it.
11.Cats do not think that they are little people. They think that we are big cats. This influences their behavior in many ways.
12. Purring: To purr, cats use extra tissue in the larynx (voice box). This tissue vibrates when they purr
13. Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day. When cats are asleep, they are still alert to incoming stimuli. If you poke the tail of a sleeping cat, it will respond accordingly.
**14. Our super great Friend Daisy told us we forgotted one: Calicos are the very greatest cats around!
The MTLH and me, Dazey learned something on this TT. We hope you did too!!

8 hi-fives:

Dragonheart said...

What a wonderful list! I learned a lot. :) I can't fluff out my tail because it has no hair. But now I know what a fluffy tail on other cats means!

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Well, now I guess KC is a tortie after all. She has one tiny one-half white spot on her chest and that is it. Ah, the debates continue.

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Very informative post indeed! Calicos are very pretty kitties and they certainly sound special!


Daisy said...

Hey, I loved this list. Being a dilute calico myself, I certainly agree with #7. You forgot to add this common fact: Calico cats are the very greatest cats around.

Daphne said...

I knew KC was really a true tortie all along! Since my own sister is a calico, I will admit that they are great kitties (tabbies being the bestest, of course!)

Our 19th TT is up -- and speaking of calicos, it's Chloe's turn this week to host it -- at
Purrchance To Dream

meow for now,

Kimo & Sabi said...

Calico's are good luck? Hmmmm...maybe we needs a calico in our fambly so's we might have better luck adopting a little blurby thing :)

George, Tipper, Max & Misty said...

Since Conner is a proud member of the GG's why don't you girls join my group, Coats of Many Colors, for bi & tri-color cats? We'd love to have you with us!


Derby said...

So many calico facts. The Calico Girls gotta come and read! They probably already know all this stuff.