Monday, June 11, 2012

Calico Cat Art Kitty Pastel Painting by Della Burgus

Pastel, 7 x 9
This painting has been sold and will soon be on its way to Bangkok, Thailand.

I have heard it all my life.  Have you heard the same thing?  Three colored cats are all female. So, is it true or is that one of those sayings that are passed down through the old folks?  The answer is "Yes!"  It is a saying passed down from your parents and grandparents and it is also true.

Just a little research on the Internet uncovered the answer. That is one of my favorite pastimes - Googling.  Whenever I encounter something that arouses my curiosity or even mildly interests me, I Google it.  Especially if I have a question about something that I probably should know but don't.  It beats asking somebody and being ridiculed - or looking through countless books and never finding the answer.   I am sure a lot of people knew this,  and after reading it I realized it was covered in my high school biology class.  But that was a long time ago.  Well, maybe not soooo long...

So, the official reason why all calico cats are female,  as it appears on Veterinary Medicine:

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.,,, 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.

I am sure you all knew that, right?  Well, you don't have to try to humiliate me by telling me so.  It is enough for me to know that Grandma and Grandpa knew what they were talking about, as usual.  Whatever the formula God used to make this beauty, I am glad He did, as Calico cats are beautiful and very, very sweet.  Most of them that I have met also love to cuddle, which may or may not have something to do with X and Y chromosomes, but I seriously doubt it.

This painting is matted and ready to be framed.  It will be listed on Art Helping Animals, Daily Painters and Chisholm Trail Art.


Berts Blog said...

You do such excellent work. I especially love this Calico. but then I enjoy all your work.

martinealison said...

Votre minette calicot est tout simplement sublime... Une très belle oeuvre avec un regard très félin, bien sûr!!. Un magnifique travail dans son beau pelage.
Merci pour ces informations complémentaires en ce qui concerne ces minettes à trois couleurs.
La nature nous surprendra toujours.
Gros bisous

Anonymous said...

My baby is a multi-colored cat. White, grey, black and some brown and he is a boy! So it might not always be true.