Will Calico Cats Get Fluffy? (The Hilarious Truth…)
If you have a calico cat or thinking of getting one, you may be wondering the chances of it getting gorgeous and fluffy…
Will calico cats get fluffy?
Calico cats can get fluffy. Whether a calico cat will get fluffy depends on its breed. This is because the term “calico” refers to its distinctive tricolor fur coat rather than the breed. Therefore the only way to know is to confirm the breed first.
So, now you know. But, what calico cat breeds are known to get fluffy? Are there any disadvantages of this fur? Are they more costly? Keep reading for these answers, and so much more…
What calico breeds are known to get fluffy?
Calico cat breeds that are known to get fluffy are, for example, are the Maine coon, Norwegian forest cat, and Turkish Angora.
When people call a cat fluffy, they typically mean it has long hair that is soft and cuddly. Long-haired cat breeds are often described as fluffy, even if their coat is nice and silky. That’s because long-haired cats have so much fur that it looks very puffy on their small frames.
Both long-haired and short-haired cats can have calico coats. Short-haired calicos are easier to find, but there are a variety of long-haired breeds that can produce calico cats as well.
3 Reasons Why Fluffy Calico Cats Are Desired:
Calico cats are rare and highly desired all over the globe. Fluffy or long-haired calico cats are even more so desired. Here are the top three reasons why fluffy calico cats are desired:
People naturally want rare things. For example, certain jewels can cost thousands of dollars, while gravel is just thrown on the ground. That’s because gravel is not rare and can be found anywhere. Cats are the same way. The rarer the cat, the more desired it is.
Calico cats are very rare. That’s because they require a special genetic code that males and certain breeds cannot produce. To have a calico coat, the cat must have two X chromosomes. That immediately means males do not have a calico coat because they only receive one X chromosome.
Females, on the other hand, receive two X chromosomes, one from each parent. In comparison, males only receive an X chromosome from their mother. There is a certain genetic anomaly that can allow males to have a calico coat, but they are even rarer and are normally infertile. This makes it impossible to breed calico cats.
On top of needing two chromosomes, the two X chromosomes must code four different colored coats. One X chromosome must code for an orange coat, while the other must code for a black coat. This allows the coat to be orange, black, and white. In contrast, males can be either orange or black, but not both.
On top of this unique genetic requirement, long-haired calicos are rarer than short-haired ones simply because fewer long-haired breeds can have this coat. This makes fluffy calico cats rare and desirable.
2. Cuddly Look
Let’s face it, many people who want a fluffy cat desire them for their cuddly look. Fluffy calico cats are absolutely stunning because of their tri-colored coat, and the long hair makes them soft, fluffy, and cuddly. Everyone loves a pet that they want to hold onto day or night.
Fluffy calico cats are downright adorable. Their beautiful tri-colored coat allows them to stand out from other cats. At the same time, their fluffy hair makes them look adorable and cute. This makes everyone, even dog people, want to pet the fluffy calico cats.
What are the disadvantages of fluffy calico cats?
Unfortunately, fluffy calico cats come with some disadvantages as well. Here are the top three:
1. Harder to Groom
Fluffy calico cats come from long-haired breeds. Long-haired breeds are naturally more difficult to groom because of how much hair they have. The hair can easily become tangled or matted, requiring you to groom them daily or take them to a groomer.
2. Costs More to Maintain Their Fur
Because of how difficult it is to groom fluffy calico cats, it costs more to maintain their fur. Every night, you will need to comb out their hair. This will require you to buy a comb that is gentle yet effective at brushing out tangles and mats. You will need to buy scissors as well in case the mats are too thick to brush out.
You will likely need to take them to a groomer occasionally. Even if you brush them every night, their coat is likely to get matted to a point that you will need to take them to see a professional. Paying for a groomer can be expensive, especially if you have to take them frequently.
3. Can Trigger Allergies
Many people are allergic to cats, and long-haired breeds can be especially troublesome for allergy sufferers. Their long hair and dander can fill your home and air, causing runny noses, scratchy eyes, and frequent sneezes.
How much do fluffy calico cats cost?
Fluffy calico cats cost more than other calico cats simply for their rarity and cuteness. Most long-haired calico cats will cost between $400 and $2000 to purchase. Factors like age, lineage, and sex will be evaluated to determine your cat’s price.
Do fluffy calico cats shed more?
Long-haired cats naturally shed more than short-haired breeds simply because of how much hair they have. As a result, fluffy calico cats shed more. If you comb their fur every night, you will minimize the amount of shedding.
What cat breeds can be calico?
A variety of breeds can have calico fur. Here are the most popular:
- American shorthair
- Arabian Mau
- British shorthair
- Exotic shorthair
- Maine coon
- Norwegian forest cat
- Persian cat
- Turkish angora
- And more…
What is the fluffiest calico cat breed?
Maine coons are considered the fluffiest calico breed. They have a stunning look and a long coat that protects them from harsh climates. Maine coons typically have a coat that is shaggy and smooth, making them incredibly cute and fluffy.
Are fluffy calico cats rare?
Fluffy calico cats are rare. Calico cats, including fluffy breeds, are considered hard to find because of their genetic needs, as we described above. On top of the genetic factors, fewer long-haired breeds can produce this coat, making fluffy calico cats rarer than short-haired ones.
Why are fluffy male calico cats even rarer?
Fluffy male calico cats are incredibly rare because healthy male cats do not have two X chromosomes. Instead, they have one X and one Y. Without two X chromosomes, they can either be black and white or orange and white, but they can never be black, orange, and white.
That’s because both the black color and orange color are coded on the X chromosome. You need two different X chromosomes for both colors to be expressed.
Technically, certain males can have a calico coat (what about their eye color? click here). That’s because they experience a genetic anomaly where they receive two X chromosomes and one Y chromosome, making their sequence XXY. This genetic anomaly is called Klinefelter’s syndrome, and humans can have it too.
It is estimated that there is less than a 1% chance for a male cat to have a calico coat. Add on the fact that fluffy calicos are rarer than short-haired breeds, and the chances of finding a male fluffy calico cat nearly impossible.