Is there such a thing as a Calico Tabby cat?

Asked by Member 1010846 on Nov 6th 2010 in Kittens
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Neither calico nor tabby is the name of a cat breed--they are color designations. A calico cat has a predominantly white coat, with well-defined, usually large, spots of black and red. A tabby has stripes, whorls, or spots, and may be grey, silver, brown, red, cream, or other colors. Many breeds of cats have calico or tabby coloration: domestic cats (long, medium, or short haired), Maine Coons, Persians, even Spynxes. A cat who has red and black coloration that is mixed in rather randomly is a tortoiseshell; when the cat has a white bib, belly, and feet, it is a tortoiseshell and white, not a calico. A cat who looks like a calico or tortoiseshell but has tabby markings on the dark areas is called a patched tabby or torbie, with or without white. A tabby cat with red areas mixed in is also a patched tabby. There are brown patched tabbies, silver patched tabbies, and other variations. For genetic reasons, almost all tri-color cats are female. Post a photo we'll guess again.

Lola answered on 11/7/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Yes, cats can have both the calico colors & the tabby stripes. My parents have a cat that is calico & she has the tabby stripes also.

Twinkle answered on 11/8/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Yup! If you look at my picture carefully you can see Zebrina ha calico and tabby spots.

Zebrina answered on 11/9/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer