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Calico - Tortoiseshell Cat

Updated on October 14, 2016
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Elsie has been farming all her life and loves animals, she likes sharing what she knows and experiences she has had with them.

Fluff my Persian Cat.

I thought my cat was a Tortoiseshell cat, but studying about cats, I find she was a Calico cat. Although she passed away many years ago I have never forgotten her, I had other cats which I liked, but Fluff was my most loved one of them all.

Evidently a cat of this colouring "Calico" refers only to a color pattern on the fur, not to a breed, but she was a beautiful Persian cat.

I had a white Persian cat, which I loved very much, she couldn't stay clean on the farm so I gave her to another lady that lived in town, which was for the best, she stayed clean, but I regretted it I missed her so much, I never found another white Persian cat like her again.

Cute Persian kitten

Looks just like my Fluff as a Kitten

The above video is a Calico Persian kitten, she is being grabbed by her mother to be washed, but I think she is just playing with mom, mom will get control of her,very cute.

I Love my cat.

Tortoiseshell Cats

This has been a very confusing study for this article, it seems that a calico cat is a name for a tortoiseshell cat (in Canada and the United States), outside of North America the pattern is more usually called tortoiseshell-and-white,so I will stay with the facts that Fluff was a tortoiseshell cat which describes a coat coloring found mostly in female cats.

Unusual way of a cat sleeping

Are You A Cat Owner? - Few Helpful Tips 

Owning a cat and having it as a pet is not as easy as bringing home a stray one and feeding it every day, as a pet, the cat needs more than food for it to be happy and healthy.

Responsible Ownership.

Caring for cats goes beyond the caring part. You have to know what to do and how to do it.

Here's a view of what you should be looking out for as a responsible cat owner.

Food Requirement

Some people feed their cat leftover food. But you have to understand that those were intended for humans. It may not meet the needs of your feline friend. So scrap the idea and look over at your favorite grocery store and select the real cat food. Weight in what would be the best cat food that you can afford, and what most cat owners would also recommend. Give quality ingredients to your pet.

Shelter Requirement

If you will allow your cat to live with you, you have to make sure that the surrounding will be safe for your pet. It is just like when you have a baby at home, you don't want anything poisonous and hazardous lying around within easy reach. You also have to provide a litter box for your pet. Make life easy for your pets. Provide warmth in the shelter and add onto it, your care and affection.

Medicinal Requirement

You need to bring them to the veterinarian if needed. There are also core vaccinations that they have to be subjected with. They may need to undergo spray or what is also known as neutering. Aside from that, your cat should see the vet for an annual examination. Cat care may be easy to say but definitely hard to do if you are not prepared for the responsibilities it takes.

So before you dream of being a caregiver to a pet, think hard about it and check your wallet to see if you can afford it.

Lend me a kitten - poem for special little kitten

I will lend to you for awhile a kitten, God said.

For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he's dead.

Maybe for 12 or 14 years, or maybe two or three.

But will you, 'till I call him back, take care of him for me?

He'll bring his charms to gladden you and, should his stay be brief,

you'll always have his memories as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return.

But there are lessons taught below I want this kitten to learn.

I've looked the whole world over in search of teachers true,

and from the folk that crowds life's land I have chosen you.

Now will you give him all your love, not think of the labor?

Nor hate me when I come to take my kitten home again?

I fancied that I heard them say,"Dear Lord, thy will be done."

For all the joys this kitten brings, the risk of grief we'll run.

We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may.

And for the happiness that we have known, forever grateful stay.

But should you call him back, much sooner than we planned,

We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.

If, by our love we've managed your wishes to achieve,

Then in memory of him whom we loved, please help us while we grieve.

Tortoiseshell Cats Are Beautiful

Calico cat
Calico cat


Calico cats are domestic cats with a spotted or parti-color coat, usually predominantly white with orange and black patches. Outside of North America the pattern is more usually called tortoiseshell-and-white.

Having a cat, can be one of the nicer things about owning a pet, but they (the cat) also need to learn deep love and devotion, from you, there are millions of cat owners who cherish that incomparable feline friend, but it's not always a perfect relationship, it is something that needs to be worked on. All the best in your venture, to the love of cats.

© 2011 Elsie Hagley

Do You Like Tortoiseshell or ( Calico Cats)?

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      Edith Rose 3 years ago from Canada

      Love all kinds of cats.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Love this lens, thank you for sharing it. I hope youâre having a wonderful Memorial Day! Just stopping by to say Hello and wish you well.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      If I close my eyes all cats appear the same. So I like all types of cats. All they have to do is Meow.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I love all kinds of cats. I have a male Calico which was a rescue kitty.

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      cherchar 5 years ago

      Thanks for commenting on my Christmas Lens. I adore Tortoiseshell cats. I lost my cat Princess last year, when she never came back home. Boy that was a true lesson learned. Tortoiseshell cats have a special purrrsonality, very loving and dedicated to their owner.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I like all kinds of cats, but the Tortoiseshell and Calico are some of my favorites ... haven't met a cat that I didn't like!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 3 kittens (9months old) from the same litter and they all have the most beuitful different coats. One is ginger and white, the other ones black and white and the third is tabby with ginger patches of furr.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Calico cats are so beautiful, I love the colors. Lovely tribute to your dear kitty.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I love all cats, and have only had one Calico. She was a real sweetie, though. Someone abandoned her, so she basically moved in and lived a long, happy life with my family. Right now we have one that could be part Tortoiseshell. We never know because our cats are usually rescues with sad stories.

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Your cat was a sweety. Tortoiseshell cats have little of no white and Calico's always have more or less white. Your cat was a Calico patched cat. I have a callico tabby cat.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Oh Elsie what a sweet lens...I just love that poem...I once had a tortoiseshell cat named Pepper. My feral Kitty now has tortoiseshell in her but only shows some spots of it, her mother was also a feral can see the lens I made about her .

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I love all cats! My cat Kisser has his own lens too. I prefer short hair cats because I get enough cat hair everywhere without the long hair added to it. But I can appreciate the beauty of a calico or tortoiseshell. Kisser is a Russian Blue breed.

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      AnnaAdam LM 5 years ago

      I just adore cats. I love their body movements. Yes i like this Tortoiseshell or ( Calico Cats).

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Calico or toroiseshell is my favorite cat breed. I discovered this years ago when a stray tortoiseshell came into my life and stole my heart away. I will never forget her gentle spirit.

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      TopTenLists 6 years ago

      Ours is a torty and she is great: really small but incredibly brave and bossy. Always puts the dog in her place and regularly brings home rabbits almost as big as she is!

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      MagpieNest 6 years ago

      I prefer big cats. But I'd always wondered what a Calico Cat was, I'd heard the phrase.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I love all cats! Thanks for sharing.