10 Reasons Why Calico Cats Are Awesome

Written by: Modi Ramos
| Published on October 25, 2017

There’s no denying that Calico cats are cool. From their interesting tricolor patterns to their well-known sweet personalities, calico cats have captured the hearts of many people all around the world!

So we’ve put together a list of the many reasons why calico cats are so awesome, beside from the fact that they’re cats and naturally we love them! Got anything fun you’d like to share about your calico sweetie? We’d love to hear from you:) And as always, share your calico photos with us. Meow!

1. Calicos are the official State Cat of Maryland!

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Because of their color similarities to the Baltimore oriole (the state bird) and the Baltimore checkerspot butterfly (the state insect), calicos were granted their official title on October 1, 2001.

2. The famous lucky Beckoning Cat is based off a calico

Fun fact: Dating back to the 1870’s in Japan, calico cats were seen as a symbol of good fortune. To this day, these cute little waving-armed cats are placed at the entrances of homes and businesses all over the world.

3. It’s like having 3 cats in one!


I mean, really… can it get any better than that?

4. Pudge the Cat is one of the most famous celebrity cats… and she’s a calico. So cute!

Isn’t she just precious? LOVE.

5. Many calico cat keepers claim that their cats are super sweet and thoroughly enjoy cuddle time!


Who doesn’t love cat cuddles?!

6. Calico cats were worshiped by Ancient Egyptian culture


It is well-known that Ancient Egyptians praised cats for their beauty, but according to history books, the first calico cats came from Ancient Egypt–making them their most prized possessions. Go ahead and worship your little calico queen, too!

7. As many know, calicos are always always female


There are rare exceptions to the rule, but it’s extremely rare. Fun fact: Only 1 out of every 3,000 calico cats born is male.

 8. You can’t breed one, because they only happen by chance… and perhaps a little magic!

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That’s the technical breakdown above, but I think just pretending it’s simply magic is a whole lot more fun!

9. For the extremely small percentage of calico cats that are male, they are usually born sterile


Talk about population control! Fun fact: Only about 1 in every 10,000 male calico cats is fertile.

10. Calico cats are not a breed, but a color pattern


So this just makes them more unique and even more lovable! Fun fact: Tortoiseshell cats are not the same as calico cats, but they are also predominantly female.


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