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Forums: Cat Photos > Calico vs. Tortoiseshell

29 Jul, 2010 - 12:41 pm
Marianne
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Calico is the same as tortoise shell. Just two different names for the same thing.
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03 Aug, 2010 - 6:12 pm
uniquat
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icona calico cat is a tortie(tortoiseshell) cat with white-only used by a few cat registries
tortie cats are not rare in Europe- there are also tortie tabbies-torbies called also- where you cannnot see easily the red patches at the tabby pattern
I think the names given to calico cats vary worldwide-by registries and by the public..somewhere i read about spanish cats-where they also meant a calico..
i like to hear about the different -established- names given to certain cats-colorwise..
greetings from central Europe
Gertrude
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03 Aug, 2010 - 6:20 pm
Tommy
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Hmm, I never knew there were different types of tortoise shells... Here in Denmark they are called tortoise shells also, but in Danish of courseicon
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25 Mar, 2012 - 1:19 am
samoalovesuxo
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I never knew that! But i i have a calico and she has every color but white......Does that mean she isnt a calico??
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25 Mar, 2012 - 2:27 am
russian lover
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A calico is a three-coloured cat with one of the colours being White, like this one:
http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/4916/juliainjuly.jpg

A typical tortoiseshell cat has a mixture of different shades of brown, black and ginger, but no white,like this one:
http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/9036/marblef.jpg
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25 Mar, 2012 - 9:54 am
Josie
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Here in Australia, black tortoiseshell is where they are black and red, blue tortoiseshell is where they are blue and cream, black tortoiseshell bi-colour is where they are black and white and red (this pattern is called calico in the US), and Blue tortoiseshell bicolour is blue and cream and white
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31 Mar, 2012 - 4:22 pm
katnip
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Thanks every one this has turned into a very interesting subject

I found it was amazing hearing from members overseas

I had no Idea there were so many different shades of colours apart from just calico or tortoiseshell black and blue tortoiseshell I had never heard of before
The information given by everyone on this forum was more than helpful

The colours on the lovely typical tortoiseshell cat in the photograph is amazing his colours really do look like those found on the shell of a a tortoise
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05 Apr, 2012 - 11:01 pm
samoalovesuxo
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Yeah then i have a tourtishell......dont know how to spell it! Sorrrrrryy
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20 Jun, 2012 - 8:20 am
Jessy C
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I thought the same thing about calicos ahha. This site Virurl.com has the cutest kitty pictures with stories (link removed due to minimum post count rule). its especially cool b/c if you share it with your friends via Twitter, fcbk... you make $.
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20 Jun, 2012 - 8:15 pm
Mother of Six
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There are so many opinions on this subject.

I have two long haired dark torties - black, ginger, brown. The cat which I call a calico is mainly white, with grey and gingers patches. There are torties and whites, which have the dark tortie colours (black, ginger, brown) with a lot of white. Dilute torties have no white but as you might guess the colours aren't bright but muted, grey (rather than black) and various shades of peach (rather than ginger and brown).

I've gotten my info off the web, so this is how I remember the colours - but I tend to forget when I'm reading articles etc that opinions differ - so I might have to see if I can find an "official" tortie web site to get things right - and as someone mentioned, just to confuse things, different countries have different names don't they?
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21 Jun, 2012 - 10:57 am
Josie
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not so much different opinions - just people using wrong terminology for colours and patterns

Tortoiseshell is a variety of clours - they can be black tortoiseshell, where the colours are black and red, with the red being various shades from pale red to dark red and all shades in between, blue tortoiseshell, were the colours are blue and cream (dilute versions of the black and red), chocolate tortoiseshell, where the colours are chocolate and red, etc. These colours can also bicolours (which is what the Americans call calico), where white is added in, so the cat would then be described as black tortoiseshell bicolour.

They are no longer called dilute torties, but rather the actual colour (blue), used instead, and certainly not ginger, although that is the name the man on the street uses, the colour is either red or cream (the dilute form of red),. Blue torties though can most definitely also be bicolours, so not correct to say they will not appear with white, as having just had 2 in my last litter of kittens, can certainly debunk that myth.
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26 Jun, 2012 - 11:31 pm
travellerjames
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found this adorable little calico kitten this morning

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26 Jun, 2012 - 11:36 pm
travellerjames
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also, this is my little british blue, 'Greebo'

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28 Jun, 2012 - 7:40 pm
russian lover
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Travellerjames, you cannot post any links here until you have made at least 10 contributions to the forum. Sorry. It's a safety measure.
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28 Jun, 2012 - 7:50 pm
travellerjames
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yeah, sorry i didnt see it before, i only have the pics online, i will try to find the original files and show you my little kitten, he's beautiful! smile
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