Q. I have a male kitten..white body, orange sots on back and top of head. And one black spot on his tail. His mother is longhair calico. Is he Calico?

A. The Calico is a color classification rather than a breed of cat. Cats of any breed may be able to have a Calico coloration, however Domestic Shorthairs and Medium hairs (your typical house cat) are most likely. Coat color is also linked to a cat's sex, so females are more likely to be Tortoiseshell while males more likely to be Calico. A Calico coat is one that is a white base with splotches of red, orange, brown and black over it. A Tortoiseshell coat is a black or brown base with white, orange and brown splotches mixed in!

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