Monday, May 10, 2010

The Truth About Calico Cats

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All the kitties calico
Wear three hues of the cat rainbow.
Black, orange, white is what they show
And calicoes are girls, you know.

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Why can't a male be tri-colored?
Here chromosome is the key word.
A female cat (a bit absurd)
From Mom and Dad and X rendered.


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A boy cat, on the other hand
Receives from Ma and X.  That's grand.
The Y from Dad makes this cat manned
And now he has an X-Y strand.

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Only X carries a hue:
Orange... black... but never blue.
White's a different gene  (It's true!)
And can be worn by all cat crew.

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Say one X holds the color black.
Orange rides the next X-back.
Without two Xs, there's no knack
For a tri-color sneak attack.

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A male can wear a hair tuxedo,
Don an orange fuzzy Speedo.
But hear this, the male cat's credo:
No three colors on the lido.

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Some claim to have known tortie males.
Is that the stuf olf old wive's tales?
Genetic cat thought here prevails:
They've chromosomal cat cocktails.

Vet theory here.

Lanyard and earrings here.









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