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1 Adding to the herd on Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:05 am

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Vicki was all excited this morning. Sheba had six kittens and she had to help birth three of them. She has three orange, two black and one solid white. If the white one has blue eyes it will be deaf like our cat Freeway.


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2 Re: Adding to the herd on Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:01 am

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Congratulations!

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3 Re: Adding to the herd on Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:53 pm

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Congrats Bullfrog and I lay odds that you keep at least one of them and I'm betting it'll be the white one


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4 Re: Adding to the herd on Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:58 am

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Bullfrog, if I can talk Kenneth into it :[IMG]peace0025 I would love to have one, if y'all decide to give them away.

I feel guilty for wanting another cat, specifically, but I miss Kitty SOOOO much, and am so lonely without him. Coco has decided he doesn't like my fingernails, so he freaks out when I try to hold him or do anything with him. Dang bird. I've had him for about 12 years, and all of a sudden, he starts this crap!

Anyway, I would love it if a little kitten just "showed up" and needed a home!

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5 Re: Adding to the herd on Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:59 am

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We will be giving them away, I'll PM you but it will be several weeks before they are ready.


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6 Re: Adding to the herd on Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:36 am

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Oh, Bartender, pick a black one! You could name it after the jaguar in Bullfrog's story!
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7 Re: Adding to the herd on Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:40 am

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I was "working on" Hubby today, and I may have had a breakthrough!!! I just laid it all out there, and told him that I'm tired of being lonely, and what better time to get a new baby, than when I'm home all the time to teach it what is acceptable.

Since he has to drive me everywhere, he would be there to see which kitty picks us. I say it that way, because I want the kitty to know it's right, too!

Froggy, after ya'll decide which one(s) you're keeping, please give me a shout!! I know it'll be awhile, but I'd love to come see them once they open their eyes.(Plus we can visit with you and the Mrs.)!

Of course, when I get a kitty--no matter where it comes from--it WILL be an indoor only cat, and it would be spayed or neutered. And... I would even say... SPOILED rotten!!

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8 Re: Adding to the herd on Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:51 am

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rosebud wrote:Oh, Bartender, pick a black one! You could name it after the jaguar in Bullfrog's story!
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I once had a black cat with white paws, white breast, and white mask. She had a perfectly centered black mustache. Her name was...can ya guess... Groucho! My mother took HIM to the vet to be neutered, but they called and said SHE had to be spayed, so it would cost more! LOL She was a great cat.

I also had a solid white cat with blue eyes--the offspring of my siamese cat. Snowblind was his name, and he wasn't the least bit deaf, that I could tell. He was a character though! He loved to sleep in the bathroom sink. Once, after ShiThead and I had split and kinda reconciled, we were sleeping, and ShiThead rolled over to put his arm over me, but Snowblind wasn't having it--he BIT the crap out of him!! Hehehehe...hindsight is 20/20... of course it was well deserved!!

Today when I was asking Hubby what color he would pick, he stated he has never had anything but orange cats. On the other hand, I've had everything but! Just ironic!

I plan to let a kitty pick me, but that is a great idea, Rosebud!

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9 Re: Adding to the herd on Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:24 am

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That's great news. Here's an update, Vicki was confused, there are two orange, two calico and one white. I don't want to keep any as we gave away the last orange one, it got lonely and so did Trickster, his buddy. I told you all the story of him coming back home and I'm glad that he did, they are like peas in a pod. We already have six now and that's enough. You will get the pick of the litter. Check your PM's Bartender.


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10 Calico cats are most always females on Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:21 pm

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Did ya know that most all calico cats are females.

Are Calico Cats Always Female?

By Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM, About.com Guide

Many people are surprised to hear that the vast majority of calico cats are female. Why is this? Is it possible for a calico cat to ever be male? Learn about the genetics of coat color in this feline FAQ.

Answer: First off, what is a calico cat? A calico cat is not a breed of cat, it is a color pattern. To be called "calico", three colors must be present: black, white and orange. Variations of these colors include gray, cream and ginger. A "true" calico cat has large blocks of these three colors, a "tortoise shell" or "tortie" cat has a mix of these three colors (blended/swirled together more than distinct blocks of color).

Now that a calico cat has been defined as a cat with three colors, the question is: why are they nearly always female? The answer is in genetics. Coat color in cats is a sex-linked trait, a physical characteristic (coat color) related to gender. Female animals have two X chromosomes (XX), males have one X chromosome and one Y chromosome (XY). The genetic coding for displaying black or orange color is found on the X chromosome. The coding for white is a completely separate gene.

Since females have two X chromosomes, they are able to "display" two colors (orange and black, or variations thereof) and white; creating the 3-color calico mix. Since males have only one X chromosome, they can only be orange OR black. It is more complicated than simply having the color genes -- it is a complex process of dominant and non-dominate genes interacting on the X chromosomes, but that is the basis for coat color in calico cats.

Can a calico cat ever be male? Yes, in rare instances. In this situation, the cat has two X chromosomes and one Y chromosome (XXY). Cats with this chromosomal configuration are usually sterile (not able to breed). This is similar to a condition in humans called Klinefelter's syndrome, or XXY Syndrome.

Interesting calico cat fact: on October 1, 2001, the calico cat became the official cat of the state of Maryland in the United States.


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11 Re: Adding to the herd on Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:36 pm

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I knew that! My Mama told me! Well, not the x & y chromosome thing. She told me that tri colored cats are female.
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12 Re: Adding to the herd on Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:40 pm

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I knew that too. Heard or read it somewhere. I have seen the rare male calico. Beautiful cats!

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13 Re: Adding to the herd on Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:31 pm

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Bullfrog, don't take this thw wrong way...but with all the stray cats out there and considering how many are euthanized every day, is there ia reason that you don't spay and neuter your cats?

http://www.americanhumane.org/about-us/who-we-are/humane-exchange/blog-posts/first-day-of-spring-a-death.html

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/


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14 Re: Adding to the herd on Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:37 am

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We have discussed it but my wife doesn't drive so it would take me finding the cat not pregnant with a day off. She loves having babies in the house (my wife and the cat) as she never had children. We have never had a problem finding good homes for them. All of the rest are male except Freeway and she is fixed.


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