How Much Is A Male Calico Going For?

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Yes, I said MALE CALICO. The veterinarian confirmed it. Today at the spay/neuter clinic I'm working with he had a gentleman bring in a male calico, about 4 months old. I'm getting photos of him tonight, but we want to know what a male calico goes for to a breeder if he is not sterile.
 

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If he's not already a purebred cat, then he would go for what any moggy would. Even if he is a purebred cat, just about every male calico is sterile, because males can only be calico if he has a particular genetic abnormality. Its very rare that they are fertile.

In other words, male calicos aren't really worth more than any other cat, though of course all cats are priceless. ;-)
 

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They are not worth anything.
My Coco had 2 male calicos.
All the breeders I know will not buy them.
They are not good to breed even if not sterile.
 

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Male calicos can rarely reproduce, even if they are not neutered ...it is because they have a genetic disorder, instead of XY their sex chromosomes are XXY. It does not make them sick in any way, they are as healthy as any other cat with XY chromosomes, but it is a disorder nonetheless. I am not 100% sure that they are sterile, but I know the same disorder in humans (in humans it's called Klinefelter's syndrome) results in sterility. But regardless, even if he IS able to reproduce, the next generation will not result in any male calicos, there may be female calicos though.
 
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Thank you. I knew about xxy but the people above me (my mother in law) needed to hear it from other cat people.

I can't wait to meet him though-- he's so rare he's just a cut cute-er than the rest.
 

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They're not really that rare anymore. Especially with the internet we see more and more cases. It's still fun to see though but yup spayed/neutered is the way to go. As a breeder I wouldn't buy a moggy even if it was a purple spotted green tabby
 

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If this is not a purebred cat, he should be neutered and never bred - even to test if he can breed. Male calicos are rare but almost all of them are sterile.

I know a rex breeder that has a few male calicos - but these are show quality cats - not just ones to breed cause they are calicos.

They really are not worth any more then any other cat. Male calicos either are gentically a black & white cat or a red & white cat - they cannot give both colors to offspring like their female sister calicos - so they are not worth any more.
 

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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats

They're not really that rare anymore. Especially with the internet we see more and more cases. It's still fun to see though but yup spayed/neutered is the way to go. As a breeder I wouldn't buy a moggy even if it was a purple spotted green tabby
Now, a purple spotted green tabby I may just have to buy, just because people wouldn't believe me!
(sorry...couldn't resist!)
 

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SOME people might pay something for a male calico as a pet, just for the novelty of it.....but only if neutered. Nobody will want a pet tomcat! And, as said already, he's no use a breeding cat. And I doubt anybody will pay very much. But it will probably be easier to adopt him out.
 

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A male calico is useless in a breeding program. Most are XXY and sterile.

The few that are not sterile are usually chimeras meaning they resulted from a fusion of a red-coated embryo and a black-coated embryo, and will only pass on either red or black coat color to their offspring not both.
So as far as breeding is concerned, he is equal to a regular red or black male DSH (depending on whether their testes contain the red gene or the black gene).
 

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I hate this thread.
Put money value on your cat, I hate it and will never understand it.
 

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Originally Posted by Trillcat

I hate this thread.
Put money value on your cat, I hate it and will never understand it.

I have to admit i was a little bothered by it too....I was just hoping maybe the money they plan to get for this male calico is for their shelter to raise funds by charging a larger adoption fee
 
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Originally Posted by Trillcat

I hate this thread.
Put money value on your cat, I hate it and will never understand it.
I just needed my mother in law to see other people agreeing with what I told her about him. He's been neutered and adopted out to a loving home.

SOME greedy grubby volunteer saw him at the clinic and flipped out, pulled him from the group and wouldn't let him get neutered that day, she called the person who brought him to our low cost clinic and put ideas in his head about the cat being worth something like 4k.

The foster is a physically disabled individual who only heard the "worth 4k" and started a whole hootspah about it.
 

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If he's not already a purebred cat, then he would go for what any moggy would. Even if he is a purebred cat, just about every male calico is sterile, because males can only be calico if he has a particular genetic abnormality. Its very rare that they are fertile.

In other words, male calicos aren't really worth more than any other cat, though of course all cats are priceless. ;-)
I have a confirmed male calico which is a great breeder. He has bred with many females and produced females that look just like him. I'm unsure if he had produced any other male calicos though.
 

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I have a confirmed male calico which is a great breeder. He has bred with many females and produced females that look just like him. I'm unsure if he had produced any other male calicos though.
Why on earth would you breed a mixed-breed cat?? Calico is not a breed, and MOST male calicos are sterile.
 

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Why on earth would you breed a mixed-breed cat?? Calico is not a breed, and MOST male calicos are sterile.
I never said I bred him...he is an outside cat and some of our neighbors have female cats which have had his kittens. I was just stating that I have a fertile male calico cat. Most people say they are sterile, I guess my cat is more precious than I thought he was before. I would never breed or sell him.
 

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You should get him neutered. Whole male cats are more likely to spray, and are at risk for developing prostrate issues and tumors on the testicles. You would also be working to reduce pet overpopulation, especially with all the unspayed females in the area. If cost is an issue, we could help you find some low-cost spay and neuter clinics in your area.
 
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