Calico and Tortie Cats – What is the Difference?

What are calico and tortie cats?

Calico and tortie (tortoiseshell) are both common coat colours/patterns which appear almost exclusively in female cats. The terms calico and tortie are often used interchangeably, and it is easy to see why. Both patterns refer to a multi-coloured cat which may consist of black and orange, brown and orange, grey and cream with or without white.

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About Cat-World

About Cat-World

About Cat-World

Cat-World was established in 2002 and has grown into one of the largest cat websites in the world. We cover it all, with a large library on all aspects of cat health, cat care, and general cat information and much more. as well as a Facebook page with a large following and a private Facebook group for cat lovers to share photos and ask questions.

I have been writing about cats for over twenty years. I first started as a contributor for the now-defunct Acme Cat Chat as well as a moderator on Cats of Australia. My knowledge of cats continues to grow, and I am continually learning up-to-date information on cat health and cat welfare via respected veterinarians and other cat experts who are equally passionate about cats.

I live in a small town an hour south of Sydney, New South Wales with my husband and two children. We share our home with four cats and two dogs.

When I am not writing about cats, I enjoy running and photography.

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My cats are a regular feature on the site as unpaid models.

Calvin and Norman are two bonded Tonkinese cats who we adopted from the RSPCA in 2017.  Monty is a chocolate Oriental and Melody is a calico Domestic Shorthair who we fostered in 2013 and has never left.

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Home Made Stud Pants & Overalls

Stud pants for cats

Stud Pants


1. Lightweight, easily washed fabric (1/2 metre will make 5 pairs)

2. 5mm Elastic

3. Press Studs (2 for each Stud Pant)

4. Bias Binding (5-metre pkt will edge 3 Stud Pants)

5. Sheet of paper to make your pattern.

Measure your Cat

1. Measure your cat around the waist.

2. Measure from the back waist, through the back legs and to the front waist. This is the total length of your Stud Pants.

Make a Paper Pattern

Stud pants pattern


Add 1/2 cm overall to your pattern to allow for seams.

Mark the total length of your Stud Pants.

From the back waist, measure 10 cm. This is the top of the tail hole.

The tail hole is approx 3 cm in diameter.

The distance between the press studs is half the waist measurement. Allow 2 -3 cms either side
of the press studs for overlap. Also so press studs can be moved for a growing cat.

Taper off from the press studs to the tail hole to a width of 7 cms, making the front waist the same. By folding your paper pattern in quarters you can trim your pattern so that all sides taper off evenly.


1. Pin your paper pattern to the wrong side of your fabric.

2. Trace around this pattern using a pen.

3. Mark the Press Stud position. Remove paper pattern and cut out along pen line.

Home made stud pants

4. Iron one side of the Bias Binding flat.

5. Pin and sew bias binding to the right side of the Fabric all the way around the outside edge, overlapping the ends. Do the same for the tail hole.

Home made stud pants     Home made stud pants

6. Clip curved edges.

Stud pants for cats

7. Turn Bias Binding over to the wrong side and press. Stitch in place.

Home made stud pants

8. On the wrong side of the fabric, at the top of the stud pants, and using a zigzag stitch, sew elastic, lightly stretched between the marked press-stud positions.

9. Hand stitch press studs into position. (Sew press studs on the wrong side at the top, and the right side of fabric at the bottom of the stud pants.)


Cut a mini-pad in half and stick inside, just below the tail.

Here is a photo of Bizkit modelling some stud pants.


It may take a few days for your cat to adjust to wearing his Stud Pants, and at first he may refuse to walk, preferring to flop on the floor.

Stud pants for cats

Thanks to Pam for the use of her stud pants pattern, and photos.

Stud Overalls

Alison of Javeron Devons designed this pattern for stud overalls. She had tried nappies on her stud & he was able to remove them, she figured if he could remove nappies, he would be able to remove stud pants also. Alison bought pillowcases & cut out the pattern below. A sanitary napkin was placed in the overalls, she also used elastic by putting elastic around from the tail to the underneath straps. This helps stop leakage.

Below are instructions (in picture form) of how to make stud overalls.

Home made stud pants pattern

Home made stud pants

Cat Enclosures – Commercial Cat Enclosures

Cat enclosures

Commercial Cat Enclosures:

There are now several companies in Australia (and I’m sure worldwide) who supply and install cat enclosures. Some come pre-made, others are custom designed to suit your needs. These are good when you don’t have the time, interest or skill to design and install your own enclosure.

Cat enclosures

Maurie and Jenny of Funky Cat submitted the following photos of their newly built cat enclosure. This enclosure was built by D and L Classic Pet Enclosures.

Cat enclosures

Cat enclosures

Cat enclosures

The next enclosure belongs to Helen and is for her straight coated Selkirk Rex Hamish. It was built by Metland Products.

Cat enclosures

Cat enclosures

If you would like to share your cat enclosure designs and tips on this page we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us.

Feline Genetic Loci Table

Feline genetic loci table

Coat colour

B – Brown Locus

Genotype Description Phenotype
B/B Homozygous – Black/Brown Black/Brown
B/b Heterozygous – Black/Brown – carries Chocolate Black
B/bl Heterozygous – Black/Brown – carries Cinnamon Black
b/b Homozygous – Chocolate Chocolate
bl/bl Homozygous – Cinnamon Cinnamon – reddish chocolate
b/bl Heterozygous – Chocolate – carries Cinnamon Chocolate
The Chocolate allele whilst recessive to the Black allele is dominant to cinnamon. Thus a chocolate cat can carry the cinnamon allele, a Black cat can carry either chocolate or cinnamon and a cinnamon cat can only be homozygous cinnamon.
ba – Barrington Brown Locus (example only)
Genotype Description Phenotype
Ba/Ba Homozygous – Non-Barrington Brown Cat unaffected – ie Black/Brown/Chocolate etc
Ba/ba Heterozygous – Non-Barrington Brown – carries Barrington Brown Cat unaffected – ie Black/Brown/Chocolate etc
ba/ba Homozygous – Barrington Brown -liberty of renaming Mahogany Brown/Light Brown/milk coffee in colour

I took the liberty of renaming Shaw’s Barrington Brown allele so that it could be used as an example of a recessive brown locus in this table. The Barrington brown cats were b/b/, ba/ba – the two alleles had an additive effect on each other and created the pale milk coffee coloured cats. It has only been added as an example as the colony of cats were never seen outside the laboratory nor did any of the cats leave the laboratory. But it is an example of a further recessive brown locus.

O – Red Locus

Geneotype Description Phenotype
XO/XO Homozygous – Red Female Red Series female
XO/Xo Heterozygous – Tortishell female Female Red Series intermingled with other base colour i.e.. Black tortie, chocolate tortie
Xo/Xo Homozygous – Non-red female no effect – no red or tortoiseshell
XO/Y Red Male Red Series male
XoY Non-red male No effect – no red
XXY & similar Mosaic Red series intermingled with base colour – i.e.. Black tortie (unusual)

Sex linked to the X chromosome. Cream is the dilution of red and thus also sex linked and Apricot is the Dilute modifier variations of cream and thus also sex-linked. E.g.. d/d, dm/dm, XO/XO = cream; d/d, Dm/-, XO/XO = Apricot

C – Colouration Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
C/C Homozygous – Solid Coloured Cat solid colour
C/c Heterozygous – Solid Coloured carrying red-eyed albino Cat solid colour
C/ca Heterozygous -Solid Coloured carrying blue-eyed albino Cat solid colour
C/cs Heterozygous – Solid Coloured carrying colour point Cat solid colour
C/cb Heterozygous – Solid Coloured carrying sepia Cat solid colour
c/c Homozygous – Pink eyed Albino (recessive white) No Pigment (Albino) White cat with Pink eyes
ca/ca Homozygous – Blue-eyed Albino (recessive white) No Pigment (Albino) White cat with pale blue eyes
cs/cs Homozygous – Colour Point Pointing/Siamese – high grade point definition
cb/cb Homozygous- Sepia Sepia/Burmese- low-grade point definition
cb/cs Heterozygous- Mink – Sepia & Point (co-dominant) Mink/Tonkinese – mid-range point definition
cs/ca Heterozygous – Bondanese Pointing/Siamese – high-grade point definition, with paler coat
cb/ca * – heterozygous- Sepia & Blue-eyed albino Not enough information to determine phenotype
cs/c * – heterozygous Point & Red-eyed albino Not enough information to determine phenotype
cb/c * – heterozygous Sepia & Red-eyed albino Not enough information to determine phenotype
ca/c * – heterozygous Blue-eyed albino & Red-eyed Albino No Pigment (Albino) White cat with pale blue eyes
*The combinations above have been given no names. The gametes cb and cs are co-dominant to each other and create mid-range point definition known as a mink cb/cs. There is little data on the gametes ca, c and their effects on cb and cs.
D – Colour Density Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
D/D Homozygous – Dense – Darker pigmentation Cat dark colour, e.g., black, chocolate, cinnamon, red etc.
D/d Heterozygous – Dense – carrier of dilution Cat dark colour, e.g., black, chocolate, cinnamon, red etc.
d/d Heterozygous – Dilute Dilutes colours – e.g. blue: B/-,DD, lilac: b/b, d/d, cinnamon: bl/bl,d/d
Dense and Dilute colours: Black (B/-,D-) = Blue (B/-,d/d); Chocolate (b/b, D/-) = Lilac (b/b, d/d); Cinnamon (bl/bl, D/-) = Fawn (bl/bl, d/d); Red (XO/XO, D/-) = cream (XO/XO, d/d)at
Dm – Dilute Modifier Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
Dm/Dm Homozygous – Dilute Modifier Modifies Dilutes – caramel tone
Dm/dm Heterozygous – Dilute Modifier – carrier of non-dilute modifier Modifies Dilutes – caramel tone
dm/dm Homozygous – Non-dilute Modifier No effect
The Dilute Modifier only effects dilute colours. It has no effect on Dense colours. Thus for the phenotype to be effected by the Dilute modifier the cat needs the genotype (d/d, Dm/-). A cat that is (D/d, Dm/-) may possess the Dilute modifier allele but the coat is unaffected because the Dm allele only effects dilutes.
S – White Piebald Spotting Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
SS Homozygous – White Piebald spotted Medium to high levels of white spotting
S/s Heterozygous – White spotted carries non-spotting Low to medium levels of white spotting
s/s Homozygous – Non White Piebald-spotting. No white spotting, solid coloured cat.
The Piebald allele displays variable expression – control of this expression is as yet undetermined. However, generally cats with high-grade white markings, such as harlequin and Vans, tend to be homozygous Piebald.
W – White Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
W/W Homozygous – White All white coat masking cats colour
W/w Heterozygous – White – carrying non white All white coat masking cats colour
w/w Homozygous – Non-white No effect – no white
The white allele can also cause a developmental cascade of events where open the melanocytes fail to migrate over they eyes (resulting in blue eyes or one blue eye) and/or cause degenerative changes to occur in the succule and cochlea caused by lack of migration or viable migration (resulting in partial or total hearing loss).

Agouti Variations & Inhibitors- Tabby patterns & Smoke/Silvers

A – Agouti Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
A/A Homozygous – Agouti Agouti banding of the hair shaft
A/a Heterozygous – Agouti – carries non-agouti Agouti banding of the hair shaft
a/a Homozygous – Non-Agouti No banding of the hair shaft
This allele determines the phenotypic absence or presence of the Tabby alleles. The variation in Agouti banding is determined by the Tabby Allele Series – see below
Mc/mc – Mackerel Tabby/Classic Tabby Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
Mc/Mc Homozygous – Mackerel Tabby Mackerel Tabby
Mc/mc Heterozygous- Mackerel – carrying Classic Tabby Mackerel Tabby
mc/mc Homozygous – Classic Tabby Classic Tabby Markings on coat
Both Mackerel and Classic tabbies are modified by ticked tabby allele and the spotted tabby allele. They must have non-ticked (ta/ta) and non spotted (sp/sp) alleles present in order to allow the Mackerel/Classic tabby allele to display its phenotype, e.g.: ta/ta sp/sp, Mc/mc = mackerel tabby carrying classic tabby allele (with no ticking or spotting). See Ticked tabby Locus for another eg.
Sp – Spotted Tabby Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
Sp/Sp Homozygous – Spotted Tabby Spotted Tabby
Sp/sp Heterozygous – Spotted Tabby – carrying non-spotted Spotted Tabby
sp/sp Homozygous – Non-Spotted Tabby No effect
The Spotted Tabby allele is a dominate modifier of both the mackerel and classic tabby allele, but is recessive to the ticked tabby modifier allele. e.g. ta/ta, SP/sp, Mc/mc = Spotted tabby carrying non-spotting allele, masking the mackerel tabby allele carrying the classic tabby allele (with no ticking)
Ta – Ticked Tabby Locus
Geneotype Description Phenotype
Ta/Ta Homozygous – Ticked Tabby Ticked Tabby
Ta/ta Heterozygous – Ticked Tabby Ticked Tabby
ta/ta Homozygous – Non-Ticked Tabby No Effect
Ticked tabby allele is a dominant modifier to all other Agouti variations. The cat must have ta/ta to see the other variations. E.g., TA/ta, SP/sp, Mc/mc = is a ticked tabby carrying non-ticked tabby and masking Spotting, carrying non-spotting and masking the Mackerel tabby allele that carries the classic tabby allele. See above for more examples.
I – Inhibitor Locus
Geneotype Description Phenotype
I/I Homozygous – Inhibitor – Silver Smoke/silver tabby/tipped/shaded – base to mid – to upper hair shaft white
I/i Heterozygous – Inhibitor – carrier of non-inhibitor Smoke/silver tabby/tipped/shaded – base to mid – to upper hair shaft white
i/i Homozygous – Non-Inhibitor No effect
The inhibitor allele has variable expressions in combination with the agouti and non-agouti alleles and variable banding on the hair shaft. Smokes are the non-agouti inhibitor combination and of course, the silver tabbies are the agouti-inhibitor combination. Chinchilla/shaded/tipped are also inhibitor agouti combination but with the addition of wide banding on the hair shaft. The Inhibitor allele can combine with all agouti variations (Silver tabby series)

Coat texture and length

L – Hair Length Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
L/L Homozygous – Shorthair Shorthair
L/l Heterozygous – Shorthair – carries long hair Shorthair
l/l Homozygous – longhair Longhair
The longhair allele displays variations in length- for semi longhair of the Turkish Angora, to the longhair of the Persian (phenotypically different coats but the alleles that control the hair length are the same). The shorthair allele also is variable, from the short coat of the Siamese to the short coat of the Exotic shorthair (phenotypicaly different coats but the alleles that control them are the same)
ls – Recessive Shorthair (no gene code has been allocated – this is only being used as an examples)
Genotype Description Phenotype
Ls/Ls Homozygous – Longhair Longhair
Ls/ls Heterozygous – Longhair – carries short hair Longhair
ls/ls Homozygous – Shorthair Shorthair
This is a (rare) autosomal recessive shorthair to Longhair and has been found in some Persians lines. Shorthaired kittens are produced from longhaired cats.
r – Cornish Rexing Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
R/R Homozygous – Straight haired cat Standard coat – no effect
R/r Heterozygous – Straight haired cat carries – C rexing Standard coat – no effect
r/r Homozygous – C rexed cat Rexed – wavy fur
The curly coat resulting from the Cornish rex allele is recessive to normal coats but is co-dominate to the Devon Rexing allele. A cross between a Devon and a Cornish Rex results in a straight coated cat because they are on two different Loci. First cross would get R/r Re/r. But a further cross between offspring could result in 1/16 r/r re/re – a cat that is both a Cornish rex and a Devon rex.
re – Devon Rexing Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
Re/Re Homozygous – Straight haired cat Standard coat – no effect
Re/re Heterozygous – Straight haired cat carries – D rexing Standard coat – no effect
re/re Homozygous – D rexed cat Rexed – wavy fur
The curly coat resulting from the Devon Rex allele is recessive to normal coats but is co-dominate to the Cornish Rexing allele. See above.. The Devon Rex allele is however recessive to the Sphynx allele.
ro – Oragon Rexing Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
Ro/Ro Homozygous – Straight haired cat Standard coat – no effect
Ro/ro Heterozygous – Straight haired cat carries – O rexing Standard coat – no effect
ro/ro Homozygous – O rexed cat Rexed – wavy fur
The curly coat resulting from the Oragon Rex allele is recessive to normal coat and on a different locus to both the Cornish and Devon rexing allele a cross between the Oragon Rex and either the Cornish or Devon rex results in a cat with a straight coat, this cat is no longer bred.
Se – Selkirk Rexing curl Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
Se/Se Homozygous – S Rex cat Rexed – wavy fur
Se/se Heterozygous – S Rexed cat – carrying normal coat Rexed – wavy fur
se/se Homozygous – Straight haired cat Standard coat – no effect
The curly coat resulting from the Selkirk allele is a dominant trait and thus can carry straight The homozygous Selkirk has a finer, curlier and sparser coat than the heterozygous Selkirk. Thus all show Selkirks are heterozygous. S
Lp – Laperm Rexing Locos – (I can find no gene code allocated – this is only being used as an examples)
Genotype Description Phenotype
LP/LP Homozygous – LP Rex cat Rexed – wavy fur
LP/lp Heterozygous – LP Rexed cat – carrying normal coat Rexed – wavy fur
lp/lp Homozygous – Straight haired cat Standard coat – no effect
I was unable to find the gene code (so I took liberties in using Lp – if I find the correct code this will be adjusted) But the mode of inheritance will not change and it is a good example of dominant rexing. Their coat can be wavy or have lots of ringlets.
wh – Wire Hair Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
Wh/Wh Homozygous – Wirehair Bristly, wiry fur
Wh/wh Heterozygous – Wirehair carries – straight hair Bristly, wiry fur
wh/wh Homozygous – Straight hair Standard coat – no effect
The wiry coat resulting from the Wirehair allele is a dominant trait and thus the cat can carry normal hair. The Wire Hair allele has incomplete penetrance – thus cats with the dominant allele may have a normal coat – but produce cats with the wiry coat.
hr – Hairless Locus – Canadian Hairless – Sphynx cat
Genotype Description Phenotype
Hr/Hr Homozygous – Coated cat Standard coat
Hr/hr Heterozygous – Coated cat – carries Sphynx hairless allele Standard coat
hr/hr Homozygous – Sphynx Hairless cat hairless cat
The Sphynx allele is a receive allele and only homozygous Sphynx can be hairless. It can be carried by normal coated cats from outcross programs. They Sphynx allele is dominant to the Devon Rex allele. The French Hairless (h/h) and the UK Hairless (hd/HD – extinct) are also recessive hairless alleles – whether they are different or the same allele is uncertain and will never be known as both the UK and French Hairless are extinct.
Hp- Peterbald/Don-Sphynx Locus – (I can find no gene code allocated – this is only being used as an example)
Genotype Description Phenotype
Hp/Hp Homozygous – Hairless Peterbald/Don-Sphynx Hairless cat
Hp/hp Heterozygous – Hairless -carrying a normal coat Hairless cat
hp/hp Homozygous – Coated cat Standard coat – no effect
I was unable to find the gene code (so I took liberties in using Hp – if I find the correct code this will be adjusted) But the mode of inheritance will not change and it is a good example of a dominant trait. Baldness first appears on the head and neck and sometimes cats have a rex coat up to 1-2 years of age.

Ears, tails and toes

Cu – Curled Ears Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
Cu/Cu Homozygous – Curled ears Ears Curl backwards
Cu/cu Heterozygous – Curled Ears – carries normal ears Ears Curl backwards
cu/cu Homozygous – Normal ears Standard ears – no effect
The curled ear allele is a dominant trait that shows some variability in the degree at which the ears are curled backwards. The curled ears cats appear to have normal ears for the first 12-16 weeks and then they begin to curl backwards. Cats that are heterozygous can produce a normal eared cat.
Fd – Folded Ears Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
Fd/Fd Homozygous – Folded Ears Ears Folded Forwards
Fd/fd Heterozygous – Folded Ears – carrying non-folded ears or standard ears (rare) Ears Folded Forwards
fd/fd Homozygous – Normal ears Standard Ears – no effect
The Folded ear allele is a dominant trait with incomplete penetrance. Homozygous folds may have cartilage defects that is rarely seen in the non-folds. Thus breeders breed heterozygous folds to non-folds. Unfortunately, as the allele has incomplete penetrance an occasional normal eared cat from the breeding program may, in fact, be a heterozygous fold. Which can produce breeding problems when the normal eared off spring are used.
M – Manx tail Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
M/M Homozygous – Tailless Rumpy or stump – Homozygous Lethal?
M/m Heterozygous – Tailless – carrying normal tail Rumpy or stump tail
m/m Homozygous – Normal tail Standard tail – no effect
The Manx allele is a dominant trait with variable expression from complete lack of tail (Rumpy) to a foreshortened tail (stumpy). The allele has been referred to as a prenatal homozygous lethal (meaning M/M cats die in the womb) – but this is being questioned by Manx breeders. The Manx allele has been associated with several spinal cord anomalies.
Pd – Polydactyl Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
Pd/Pd Homozygous – Polydactyl Extra toes
Pd/pd Heterozygous – Polydactyl – carrying normal N# toes Extra toes
pd/pd Homozygous – Normal number of toes Standard number of toes – no effect
The main polydactyl cat trait seen is dominant in action with variable expression – effects ranging from enlargement of the inside digit, to extra toes on each foot or only the front feet. There may be other Polydactyls that appear in different gene populations that are inherited differently.
JP Japanese Bob Tail Locus
Genotype Description Phenotype
JP/JP Homozygous – Bobtail Short bobtail
JP/jp Heterozygous – Bobtail tail carrying normal tail Short tail
jp/jp Homozygous- Non Japanese Bobtail Normal tail
The Japanese bobtail is thought to be a dominant trait with incomplete penetrance. Heterozygotes can have the short tail but fail to get the tail folding. This trait is thought to only occur in the homozygous bobtail.
Ad – Achondroplastic Dwarfism (I can find no gene code allocated – this is only being used as an example)
Genotype Description Phenotype
Ad/Ad Homozygous – Dwarf Dwarf – i.e. Munchkin
Ad/ad Heterozygous – Dwarf Dwarf – i.e. Munchkin
ad/ad Homozygous – Normal-sized cat Cat normal size – no effect
The dwarfism is thought to be cause be an autosomnal dominant trait. But there are questions as it may be a heterozygous lethal.

Written by Tonia Marsh.

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