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Thu, Dec 20 | By Rebecca Andrews | 570

RHODE ISLAND – A rare calico cat in Middletown, R.I. is catching the attention of vets and shelters across the nation because of its gender. Max and his mother were brought to the Potter League for Animals in June. When employees disc… more ›

Genetics Make Cat a Rarity
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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

This was a very interesting article. I have a female calico cat, but I've never even heard of a male.

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Boyscoutdad
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Boyscoutdad
5 years ago

I didn't realize is was rare to have a male calico.

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Jbobstep
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Jbobstep
5 years ago

Wow,. never have heard of a male calico cat. I always heard that most solid orange cats are male.

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Mattbstl30
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Mattbstl30
5 years ago

very neat to read about this. I didn't know that.

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barb  a.
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barb a.
5 years ago

this is cool, I have never seen a male cally, bet he has lots of people wanting tobe his owner,

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Heather H.
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Heather H.
5 years ago

Oh wow...very interesting.

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KennethM
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KennethM
5 years ago

Wow, I never heard of a male Calico

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Sheryl  S.
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Sheryl S.
5 years ago

Wow! I never knew this. That is really interesting!

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Dewitt G.
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Dewitt G.
5 years ago

Such genetic abnormalities can occur in humans as well and can lead to gender confusion. Wonder what Max thinks. . . :-)

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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

Max is one of a kind!

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Jackie L.
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Jackie L.
5 years ago

I am glad Max is happy and healthy. I knew there could be a male calico, but I never thought I would see one. Special kitty.

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Michele C.
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Michele C.
5 years ago

I always hear every calico cat is female. I did not now there was even the possibility of a male, much less that they are sterile and with possible genetic deficiencies. This article was very imformative and I enjoyed reading it

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

Good for him--

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

Wow, that is interesting. I have a calico and always heard they are always female.

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Elgatosinnombre
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Elgatosinnombre
5 years ago

Really fascinating

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
5 years ago

I always like to see articles such as this to help me learn more about animals. Max has such pretty coloring.

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LilyK
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LilyK
5 years ago

With a large enough population size and with genetic variation being what it is, all sorts of things are possible. They are rare but it's best to avoid absolutes.

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Brenda
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Brenda
5 years ago

I tried to argue this with my biology teacher many years ago. I figured it was atleast possible and Max is proof of it.

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Chifontae T.
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Chifontae T.
6 years ago

I learned how only females were supposed to be born as calicos in my Animal science 207 class.

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

Max looks like my Cosmo, a girl though. I'm glad Max is oK. I didn't know if there were ever any male calicos.

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Anna
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Anna
6 years ago

Wow! I didn't know that they were rare like that! Amazing!

I heard that female Ginger cats are rare, is that true?
I say this because my mother used to have one and her vet said it was rare.

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Gretchen B.
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Gretchen B.
6 years ago

I had never heard of a male calico before. Interesting.

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Alex J.
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Alex J.
6 years ago

That is so so so cool

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Seems to me that Max has broken all the odds. He is a male, and if he is nine years old and healthy he is probably not susceptible to the genetic deficiencies that generally take a surviving male calico very early in life. Very interesting article. I think calicos are among the most beautiful of cats, but did not know that the male of the species is very rare indeed.

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

Good story -- i did not know this.

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

Cool story!!!!!

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

I remember my genetics prof in college tole us if we ever ran across a male calico to hang on to him!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

Great story! The author explained the calico situation so that I can actually finally understand it!

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Annemarie S.
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Annemarie S.
6 years ago

I did not know that!

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
6 years ago

Very informative, interesting story.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

Interesting story, I did not know this.

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Cindy M.
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Cindy M.
6 years ago

Cool cat, pretty

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

unusual story

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Adriana  C.
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Adriana C.
6 years ago

This is so interesting!

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
6 years ago

I worked at a shelter in the cat dept, and I always said that if I found a male calico he was going home with me. I guessing he never tried to get him fixed or they would have know long before this.

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mARY ANN M.
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mARY ANN M.
6 years ago

I had no idea calico was a sex specific gene (meaning I guess it must be on the tail of the second x). I hope it does not have health issues and does not have other female traits which would mean breeding it with a female calico would produce other calico males without health problems etc.

But I suspect unlikely...I wish the best for this cat.

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Sara S.
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Sara S.
6 years ago

i never realized calico cats aren't a specific breed- cool!

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Melissa7271
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Melissa7271
6 years ago

This is new info to me. Very interesting news. Now that I think back I have not seen a male calico and now I know why.

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jan l.
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jan l.
6 years ago

I hope Max lives a long, healthy life. I wonder if his former owner realized he was a male.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

I knew male calico cats were very rare but I did not know they usually didn't live long. Max is a lucky cat if he is already 9. I guess the genetic deficiencies did not affect him.
I wonder if the person who turned him in realized what they had.

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Loveshorses
6 years ago

He's already beaten the odds if he's 9 yrs. old. Live long and prosper Max

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Colin  S.
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Colin S.
6 years ago

i didnt know this

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beth P.
6 years ago

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PennyOnTheFloor
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PennyOnTheFloor
6 years ago

I hope this kitty gets to live out his 9 lives =)

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

I hope Max lives a long happy life.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

guess people and animals have more in common on the genetic level than what one would have realized

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Absit
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Absit
6 years ago

i guess the whole tri color is a girl wont work anymore

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Other than being sterile, I didn't realize that male calicoes had any health problems. Being that Max is already older, I expect that he won't have any. Wonder if the person who turned him in had any idea of how rare a cat they had.

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

never seen any thing like it

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

This is really cool! I had heard of male calicos existing, but never seen an story about a real one. All animals are special, but he is a real gem!

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