Found some interesting information on the website And My Cat the other day to share with you. They explored two myths about cats. I didn't know about the first one, but I had been told about the second one.
1. Are Calicos always female?
The key word here is "always". The short answer to the question is no. But let's be precise: just one
out of every 3,000 calico kitties born is a male, reports the College of
Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri. Why is the beautiful
calico color pattern so prevalent among female felines? It's all in the
The calico pattern includes three colors: black, orange and white,
usually in large blocks. A cat's coat color is a sex-linked trait. That
means this aspect of your cat's physical appearance is linked to his/her
Think back to your high school science class: males possess XY sex
chromosomes, while females have XX. The genetic coding for displaying
black or orange color is found on the X chromosome, explains Janet Tobiassen, DMV.
For this reason, female cats can display black AND orange, while males,
with their single X chromosone, usually display one or the other. The
genetic coding for white is a completely separate gene!
So if boys have just one X chromosone, how is it possible for them to ever turn
up with a calico pattern? That one cat in 3,000 is what scientists call
a Klinefelter male, named after the doctor who discovered this
condition, which isn't limited to the cat population. Klinefelter males
have three sex chromosomes: XXY. With the extra X chromosome, they have a
shot at displaying white, black and orange. If you have a male calico,
treasure him! They are rare indeed, and are usually sterile and thus
unable to pass down their unusual genetic coding, explains Marty Becker, DVM.
2. Do cats eat grass when they are sick?
This cat myth is mostly false. Typically, a kitty who's
dining on grass is feeling perfectly fine. Eating grass is completely
harmless for felines, as long as it's not been exposed to pesticides,
herbicides, or any other lawn chemicals. In fact, grass consumption can
actually be beneficial for cats, explains petMD.
Grass contains properties that assist with digestion, and it's rich in
certain nutrients, which may be why this myth took hold to begin with.
Grass contains folic acid, just like a mama cat's milk. When your cat
consumes grass, the folic acid can help essential bodily functions and
assists in hemoglobin production, which promotes oxygen movement in the
Eating a bit of grass can help your kitty clear out her digestive
system, so it's possible that her "gut" instinct draws her toward it
when she needs a cleanse. Or it may just be pure coincidence! Either
way, cats tend to regurgitate grass after they've eaten it because they
lack the natural enzymes to break down vegetable matter, explains petMD.
This is nothing to worry about-- just a natural response. But it can be
helpful for kitties who need to clean out their digestive tracts. It's
also a sort of natural laxative and can help break down fur balls in
your cat's digestive system.
So if your cat enjoys feasting on the lawn every now and then, you
can feel confident she's probably perfectly healthy! As mentioned
earlier, just be sure the grass she munches on has not been treated by
any chemicals. If you'd like to give your kitty a safe & delicious
treat, consider growing cat grass in your home instead.
To eat or not to eat! That is the question.