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I think i have a male calico, is that possible?

I found him on the street(i think his about 1 month old), and well, i can see his male genitalia. I never heard of male calico, but...i'm asking you is it possible?


Asked by Member 634815 on May 20th 2008 in Breeds
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 Sergei

Hmm, you said he's 1 month old. At that age it's hard to make a difference between male and female genitalia. But, anyway, if he turns out to be male, well it is very very rare, but is possible! The only thing is, that i think he'll be sterile. ( but i guess that's the problem only if u wanna breed the cats...). So, wait for couple more months, and then u will be totally sure is the cat male or female.


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Chibi

You might want to check with your vet about his/her sex, but yes, male calicos/tri-colors are genetically possible. They either have an extra X chromosome, giving them a condition something like Klinefelter's syndrome, in which case they are infertile, or they are sexual mosaics, meaning that they are a genetic mixture of male and female. See www.messybeast.com
The latter cats CAN be fertile, although this condition is very, very rare. So, if your cat does turn out to be male, DO neuter him just in case, or else you may end up with a tom cat spraying your house with yucky tom cat urine--not to mention the fact that your cat will want to wander, fight, and find girlfriends to impregnate.


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Garfield

When kittens are young it is usually very hard to tell their gender. they usually don't start developing noticeable "parts" until they are a few months old. Because of this your male calico may actually be a female calico. If you really wanted to know then you should ask the vet.


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Oscar J. Cat

I will attest to the fact that you can't always tell the gender of a young kitten. When we originally found Oscar J. (he lived in feral colony) we were convinced he was a she. Imagine our surprise when we took HER to get spayed and found that HE had been neutered! Our vet laughed and said it was a common mistake since, and I quote, "His dingle had not yet dangled." MOL!


Oscar J. Cat answered on 5/21/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer