A calico cat is a cat that has either white, orange or black-colored fur.

Calico cat
A calico cat


orange, black, white

Other names

tortoiseshell-and-white, tricolor, mi-ke, lapjeskat

Outside of North America, the pattern is more usually called tortie-and-white. Other names include the tricolor cat, mi-ke (which is Japanese for 'triple fur') and lapjeskat (Dutch for 'patches cat'). Among the breeds whose standards allow calico coloration are the Manx, American Shorthair, British Shorthair, Persian, Japanese Bobtail, Exotic Shorthair, Turkish Van, and mixed breed/non-breed cats.



  • Calico cats commonly have blue eyes.
  • Calico cats are usually female.
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