Richard 2007-08-28 14:45:03
I just adopted a stray 8-10 week calico female kitten. I told the vet
that she was very sweet and I was handling her alot to help her become
socialized. The vet replied “Let’s hope she stays that way. Most
calico cats are quite ill-tempered.” She had worked several years at a
I was shocked. Is there any evidence that calico cats are more
anti-social as adults than mixed breed cats? I know some of you may own
a calico cat and have some antedoctal evidence. I am interested in any
research or documentation on this issue. Or perhaps the vet was
speaking from limited experience?
My calico kitten named Maya is a bit skittish, but once she knows who
you are is very friendly and affectionate. I want to help her to keep
that temperament – any suggestions?
PS. I do plan to have her spayed at about 3 months. I have four other
inside neutered adult male cats who ignore her or just hiss at her but
keep their distance.
Robzip 2007-08-28 14:45:11
I once owned a huge lomg hair female calico. She was one of the most social
animals ever born. She was quite loving and very outgoing towards new
people. First time visitors to our home were always investigated and
‘tested’ by her for kitty attention and play tolerance.
Toni 2007-08-28 14:45:28
No evidence, or documentation, or research- just 33 years grooming them.
*Among groomers* calicos are pretty much regarded as the most difficult of
cats to handle. I think it is just because they are girls, and girls are
mostly more difficult than boys.
And I said *mostly*- don’t any of you girls owners get your knickers in a
Spot 2007-08-28 14:45:38
I wouldn’t say they are ill tempered they just have very distinct
personalities. I’ve had one that was shy and reserverd and my current one
is 5 years old and is the ornery one of the house and shows no sign of
growing out of it.
Wendy 2007-08-28 21:22:41
The calicos and torties do have a rep to maintain. I’ve seen them run the
I have a long haired calico now who is a real lap cat and love bug. She
checks in with everyone who comes in the house to get attention.
OTOH I saw one of my former foster kittens over the weekend. She’s a dilute
calico and her person brought her in for us to clip her claws. You’d think
we were trying to kill her the way she carried on. If one of the other
volunteers didn’t have a good scruff on her she would have ripped me to
ribbons. They tell me she’s not like that at home (thank God!).
My first cat after we got married was a calico and she was moody. Not a
monster and really pretty good with kids just not a lap cat and she
preferred to avoid people she didn’t know.
Bearclaw 2007-08-28 21:22:51
I bet there is little to no actual documented evidence of this.
Experience perhaps more expansive than many, but still limited to
personal observation. Of course, that is just a guess on my part. Why
not ask the vet in question where she gets this information?
There is so little actual study done of domestic cats that it is
pathetic. Most housecat wisdom (apart from some medical physical
phenomena) is based on anecdotal observation.
AFA calicos go, I own one, the only one I ever had. She is currently in
the living room of a house containing 4 other indoor-only cats. She came
to us as a stray, too.
Belle is very unfriendly to all the other cats, although she is sweet to
us for the most part. When she first came, the other cats tended to
stalk and attack her… sometimes viciously. Thankfully, that nastiness
has attenuated considerably over time. Had it not, I would have been
forced to one of various options– all of which I find repugnant.
I have been subject to minor scratches and occasional bites from Belle
when she is over-stimulated or otherwise upset (by the presence of one
of the other cats, for instance). When hungry, Belle has been known to
feint at the passing ankle in the kitchen.
Her voice is a scratchy little old lady’s voice, which I find
irresistibly endearing but which drives my better half crazy. Belle can
be *very* vocal. When she is in a loving mood, she is an incredibly
affectionate, expressive animal. I have no explanation for it, but my
heartstrings are hers to pluck and she seems to know it.
As much as I adore this little cat, she seems to prefer the company of
strangers, like our visitors– ANY visitors, but especially the female
Based on her personality and behavior (and my own ignorance) I have
constructed an entire history for her, which I believe to be pretty
close to the facts. (How’s that for anecdotal?)
In a perfect world, Belle would be an only cat, living in her own
private quarters with someone who cherished her like a little queen. As
it is, she has little choice but to put up with the inconvenience of
other cats and her barely-tolerable human caretakers. Maybe that’s what
makes her so grouchy sometimes.
Magic mood jee 2007-08-28 21:23:08
I have had four tri- or bi- colored cats. Two have been the sweetest things
that they could possibly be. One is sweet only to my husband, and one has
her moments of sweetness and her moments of being a total b**** on four
Not sure if this has anything to do with it, but the two that were (one
passed away Dec 2002) the sweetest they could be, were raised by us from the
age of about 4-5 weeks. The two not-so-nice ones were adults when we got
them (one from the local shelter, was labeled as a ‘stray’ caught by the
local Animal Control Officers, had an estimated age of 8 months when we got
her; the other a stray that decided that our garage was a good place to
live was estimated to be about 6 years old, but then we invited her into the
house proper, and here she stays).
Bearclaw 2007-08-28 21:23:15
That is a very good description of how we got our Belle. So good, it
made me smile in recognition.
Tracyrose@gmai 2007-08-28 21:23:41
No. It’s just nonsense. In general, girl cats are fussier than the boys
and calicos and torties are often “all girl” in their personalities.
But they’re all individuals and you have to take them as such. Just
-l. 2007-08-29 04:22:19
They are quirky and bitchy. They also have their charms.
Calicos are mixed breed.
You will never get it. Those kinds of studies just aren’t done.
LOL…probably not. Everyone I know who has ever worked in vet
medicine, rescue or shelters pretty much agree that calicos are a bit
snooty if not bitchy. Same for torties. Orange males tend to be
mellow. Male black cats are big, whiney babies. Siamese (and many
pointed moggies) are just obnoxious attention hounds. Ragdolls are
just dumb. It’s all anecdotal evdence, but almost everyone agrees.
Play with her and give her a lot of affection.
She will soon rule the roost. Mark my words!
Culican 2007-09-02 06:43:17
I have had a Tortie for 5 years. She is a great cat but a bit “vicious”
with others. The first time I took her to my vet and mentioned that
she had slapped the other cat my vet (female vet) replied, “These cats
are all b******.”
Friesian@zoocr 2007-09-02 06:43:18
Yep. Almost all of our cats have been Siamese or half siamese. They can
be vocal and demanding, but mostly they just want attention.
LOL. Jay Jay is a Ragdoll. I wouldn’t call him dumb, just too mild to
He’s definitely not the brightest though.
He’s a real sweetheart though. I had hoped Kira would like him by now.
He’s even milder than Maynard (half siamese), and that’s pretty hard to
I do think the Calico thing is more gender than color. Females always
seem to be more moody. So, odds are going to be higher when you are
dealing with all females. Kira would meet the calico description, and
she’s a Balinese. She even bites when she’s purring. Her nickname is
Az nomad 2007-09-02 06:43:19
The most wonderfull kittie I’ve ever had was a tortie. She at first was
terrified and hated other cats. When I tried to introduce a second cat, she
attacked him enough to bleed and I had to find him another home (neighbor’s kid
took him). But after I brought home a kitten, she fell in love with him on day
three and was wonderfull with other cats from then on. I at one point had 5
cats and she’s sleep with all of them in a pile on the bed.
Lucy707 via ca 2007-09-02 06:43:20
when i was younger my grandmother had a beautiful calico who HATED me when i
was born, because she was jealous that the baby was getting more attention
than her by my grandmother. once i got older she warmed up to me, but she
never really liked me a whole lot. i think it was just she didn’t like little
kids. so it could possibly be true… but what cat really likes little kids?
my aunt had a tabby who was plenty mean too, i guess it just depnds on
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Kraut 2007-09-02 06:43:25
All the calicos I have every known have always been the most loving
cats I know. My Margie has always got to have my attention and my
mother-in-law’s is always on someone’s lap wanting to be petted.
People seem to base their opinion on a single instance. They have a
bad experience with something and all of that type “are anti social”
or no good. Remember a person is bound to get a “bad apple”
Reminds me of my dad and bother-in-law. My brother-in-law was greek
and him and my dad had an arguement and from then on my dad hated all
Cybercat 2007-09-02 06:43:26
:) Boneheads make the world go ’round. And the worst thing?
They are as stupid about birth control as they are about everything else.
So they are breeding faster than the smart people. No offense intended
toward your Dad, who hopefully was just having a BE. [“Boneheaded