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The personality traits of a Calico or American Shorthair are listed below as well as physical traits:

- Sensitive Nature
- Adaptable to change
- Do not like to be picked up
- Will greet you at the door
- Follow you from room to room
- Loves to lay in your lap (especially at night)
- Big round expressive eyes
- Short fur with more than eighty different colors and patterns



I call Bacci my warder because she follows me to every freaking room I go to (except the downstairs bathroom). She is constantly on my lap, rolling around on the keyboard when I'm trying to play EQ, mostly towards the end of the day.

Though they should have put "apt to mood change" instead of "adaptable to change". Most people I've talked to who have calicos say they will purr their hearts out while you pet them, then instantly turn around and bite you.

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baryon
Dec. 19th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
I have had two calico cats. They were both sweet. Neither would bite me unless I was playing too rough with them. The last calico cat I had would like to jump on my shoulder and perch there.
aubkabob
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
I think we tried to train Botch to lay on our shoulders when she was a kitty, but just... stopped. She's a massive lap cat now.
mmmexperimental
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Calicos are cats with cat attitude. The strange coloring they have seems to make them slightly crazy and eccentric.
I have always loved calicos because they are so rare. But they are, in the strange world of cats, a strange cat breed and they can really go insane sometimes.
Unlike Siamese who are by their very nature haughty and sometimes just plain mean to strangers.
aubkabob
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
I hadn't realized how rare Bacci's coloring is as a calico, when most calicos are black, white, and bright orange, and she's light orange, grey, and white - a dilute.

Siamese are generally VERY vocal, too. Botch gets that way sometimes, but it's usually in small trills, as if she's trying to tell me all about her day.
alildragonlover
Dec. 19th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
I have two calicos. One of them, Holly, is a pastel calico like Bacci. In my experience, saying that calicos are the Red Heads of the cat world seem to sum them up fairly well.

Mine don't turn around to bite, after being pet, very often. When they do, it's usually a tentative thing, and they are still purring.

My male orange tabby is, uh... "coming into his maturity" right now. He's the character to watch out for, at the moment. Little ankle biting freak...
aubkabob
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Bacci is about.. *thinks* 4.25 years old now and seeeeeems to be settling down quite a bit. Whenever she does bite after petting her, she is still purring, though her bite is HARD.
greenminions
Dec. 20th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
My cat follows us all the time to. She investigates everything. She really only sleeps if we are watching tv and then she'll curl up on my husband's lap. And when we go to bed for the night, she comes in and sleeps too. I love good cats!
aubkabob
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
I love that she will not eat ANY human food, and seems totally offended when we offer it to her. This has numbed me to the fact that most cats do eat human food, so I'm totally unprepared when I go to a friend's house and their cats are climbing all over the place to frantically get to my dinner plate.
greenminions
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
cats and human food
Our cat used to not be like that but since we had to put her on the diet she has started to get more and more into human food. This past month alone she has become really bad. Today she was in the sink trying to eat pasta that had fallen in the drain catcher.
bellerisa
Dec. 20th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
Yep, my kitten does all of the above. Especially "they will purr their hearts out while you pet them, then instantly turn around and bite you"! Freak!
aubkabob
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
Moody jerks!
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