What is a Caliby Cat?

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What is a caliby cat?

A caliby is a type of coat colour/pattern which consists of areas of orange (red) and brown tabby with white. The name is a mix of calico + tabby = caliby.

Most cat lovers are familiar with tortoiseshell and calico cats. The tortoiseshell cat has patches of black and orange, brown and orange or grey and cream and the calico has patches of black and orange, brown and orange, grey and cream with the addition of areas of white. Cats displaying red and brown or cream and grey tabby patterns without the presence of white are known as patched tabbies.

Caliby cats can display the classic, mackerel or spotted tabby pattern. The photo below shows a caliby with spotted markings.

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Why Are Cats So Flexible?

Any cat lover can attest to the elegance, flexibility and range of motion cats possess. From curling up in a tight ball when they’re cold to long upright stretches, twists in mid-air, and their incredible ability to almost always land on their feet.

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Grey Tabby Cats: Facts and Frequently Asked Questions

The grey tabby is not a specific breed of cat but is a common striped coat pattern that is found in purebred and mixed (random bred) cats.

Cats have six basic coat patterns [1]. Solid, tabby, bi-colour, pointed, tortoiseshell and tricolour. The tabby pattern is thought to have come from the African wildcat (Felis lybica) and consists of two components.

  • Background: Alternating agouti hairs are made up of bands of black and yellow (brown tabbies) or black and off-white (grey tabbies).
  • Pattern: Melanistic overlay of bars, spots, swirls and rosettes.

The agouti gene (symbolised by an uppercase A) is dominant over its mutant form non-agouti (lowercase a). The cat carries two sets of genes, inherited from the mother and father. If the cat carries a copy of the A gene, it will be tabby, in order for it to be non-tabby (a solid colour, such as black), it must inherit two copies of the recessivea’ gene, one from each parent.

  • AA – Tabby
  • Aa – Tabby
  • aa – Non-tabby

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Flame Point Siamese: Appearance, Personality and Care

  • Origins: England and United States of America
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Temperament: Talkative, intelligent, affectionate, loyal, dog-like
  • Weight: Males 4-6 kg (8.8 – 13.2 lbs), females 4-5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs)
  • Coat: Short
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Talkative: Yes
  • Suitable for: Families, singles, retirees
  • How much is a flame point Siamese worth? $900 – $1,500

Also known as a red point, the flame point Siamese is a pointed cat with pale red markings on the nose, ears, and tail. Red (and tortoiseshell) were introduced to the Siamese in the 1940s by Dr Nora (sometimes referred to as Norah) Archer in Britain and Alyce de Filippe in America.

Most cat councils recognise the flame point as a Siamese, however, the Cat Fanciers Association and the World Cat Federation recognise them as a Colourpoint Shorthair.

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Maine Coon Size Compared to a Normal Cat

The Maine Coon is the oldest American breed of domestic cat and is considered b many to be the largest domestic cat breed. Maine Coon cats are native to the US state of Maine.

Important features in the Maine Coon include a long, heavy, and silky coat with a large ruff around the neck, britches on the hind legs, a long plumed tail, and tufts of fur in the ears and between the toes.

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What Is a Registered Cat Breeder?

What is a registered cat breeder?

A registered cat breeder is a breeder who is a registered member of a valid cat association and breeds his or her cats to the breed standard. Also known as a cat council, a cat association is a registry of purebred cats such as the Cat Fanciers Association, The International Cat Association, ANCATS. It is the job of a cat council to maintain a register of pedigree cats, create, maintain and update breed standards for each registered cat breed, oversee the development of new cat breeds, organise and run cat shows with qualified cat judges and ensure all registered cat breeders follow a strict code of ethics.

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Should You Put a Litterbox Outside for a Lost Cat?

When a pet goes missing, pet owners are naturally searching for suggestions to help them find the cat. While the Internet can be a great source of information, there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. One such suggestion which is regularly shared is that if a cat goes missing, putting his or her litterbox outside can help the cat find their way home.

Can cats smell their own litterbox from a mile (1.6 km) away?

There is no evidence that a cat can smell a litterbox from a mile away, and no website claiming this has backed up this claim with actual research. There is no doubt that cats have a far superior sense of smell to humans, but it is unlikely they can smell a dirty tray from 1 mile away.

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What to Do If a Cat Dies at Home?

At a glance

  • Determine if the cat has passed away (check pupils, pulse, breathing)
  • Contact your veterinarian
  • Store the body in a cool location
  • Consider letting children and pets see the body (if it is non-infectious)
  • Decide what to do with the remains (burial or cremation)
  • Notify the council, veterinarian and pet insurance company that the cat has passed away

Losing a pet is never easy, and having to decide what to do with a cat’s body after he or she passes adds an extra layer of stress. A cat may die at home suddenly (due to an accident, infectious disease, undiagnosed medical condition), from a known medical condition, or be euthanised by a veterinarian. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a cat, even if they have had a long sickness. We look at what to do if a cat does pass away in the home.

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7 Grey (Blue) Cat Breeds (With Photos)

Known as blue in the cat fancy, grey the dilution of black. Hair, skin and eyes get their colour from cells known as melanocytes which produce pigment granules. The grey coat colour is due to melanin granules clumping in the hair shaft which leaves colourless areas which allow more light to pass through the hair shaft, lightening the colour.

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Striped Cat Breeds

A striped coat is a type of tabby pattern which occurs in four types, agouti, classic, mackerel and spotted. This article will focus on the classic and mackerel coat patterns which are made up of sworls and stripes on a paler background.

The mackerel tabby pattern is the default wild type coat pattern. Mutations have occurred along the way which has contributed to the vast array of colours and patterns that we see now.

Mackerel tabby

Mackerel tabbies (TaM) have a fishbone pattern, on a lighter background. The most common colour is brown. When the mackerel pattern breaks up, the coat becomes spotted.

Classic tabby

Also known as a blotched tabby or marbled, the classic tabby (Tab) pattern is recessive to mackerel, which means the cat must inherit a copy from each parent. Classic tabby is composed of symmetrical bold sworls along the body on a lighter background. A bullseye can be found on the side of the classic tabby.

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