Hi, our Cali had a litter of 8 two weeks ago, and my daughter discovered that one was a male Calico. Someone at school told her that male Calicos are extremely rare and therefore worth a lot of money. We've never sold any kittens for profit, we just ask a small donation to recover worming and vaccination costs, but I recently lost a substantial amount of income due to downsizing and things are rough. So even getting some profit right now would be a blessing, because we are about to lose our home to forclosure. Is there anyone out there that can answer my question? We are not cat breeders and this was a total fluke. We have our cats because we love them and not to make money with them, but just maybe this was meant to be our saving grace. Thanks for all your answers and advice. Dee
Yes, they are very rare, being 1-3,000 born. They are rare because they carry the double x chromosome, making him a xxy, and not an xy. It is called Klinefelter's syndrome, or better known as a hermaphrodite. The color gene for a cat is carried on the x-chromosome, it is either black or orange. A female cat can be both black and orange, and thus be a calico/tortoishell, but since a male cat only has one x chromosome (xy), it has to either male, or female (xx). The other cat colors come from genetic variations. Carrying this xxy gene makes the cat sterile. You might find someone willing to pay for such a "rare" cat, and I have heard of them go for anywhere from $250-$400, and some been just givin away for free, it just depends on the buyer, and what they are willing to pay. But no one doing a pedigreed breeding program of any breed should be willing to use such a cat in their breeding program. You never know, try to sell him, and see what happens, there is probably some people out there who wants a male calico just to have as a good pet, and to tell other people that their cat is rare. Good luck!
***Edited By: riley1 on 5/14/2009 11:58:07 AM*** Reason: *
Ive read the male calico forum as well the replys...... I have oddly found my self in a situation close to the guy w/ the male cali...Though, my Cat Lilly, whom is half calico and I want to say bangel..or tabby? Any how she got knocked up, and we dont have a clue who the babies daddy is..... LOL sorry thats funny to say. Neverless, she had a litter of 8!!! and there all calicos' I mean from black w/ orange and white stripes, to regular calico like the background top pic. of the calico in the basket, to all orange and just black and white like, "Sylvester". Some have long hair some have short hair and one has a smushed up nose like a pug. Also, the weirdest thing is there tiny for their age which is 7 wks. Ive made birth cirtificates and growth charts for protential adoptions. Thou, Im not a breeder nor know much about Felines. Anyone whom might know what the kittens are that way Lilly and I can find their daddy, make that daddys' for kitten support......JK! LoL JK! But I would like to post some pic. and if any1 can give me insight, that would be nice
There can be multiple fathers! When a female cat goes into heat, she can disperse egss everyday that she is in heat, making it possible for several males to be the father(s). Just look at the kittens, and whatever color pattern they have, they inherited it from that father.
***Edited By: riley1 on 5/28/2009 12:00:36 PM*** Reason: *
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***Edited By: scout1 on 11/9/2010 4:39:44 PM*** Reason: see bold
actually male calicos are basicly this- 3 colors so tabby cats with white, you guessted it are infact calico cats. not very rare and not interbreed able. All cats in my eyes not showing or papered registered should be bred.
to pro long animals life spay and neuter they can live up to 25yrs if fixed and well cared for.
My cat recently had kittens and I found a male that what I think looks calico but I just read on here somebody say that if it has white on it it is not a calico is this true? Because even tho it does have white, it also has black orange and tan which I always thought that made it a calico