Greetings. Snoops and Kommando here. Welcome to another edition of Cat Forum.
Kommando: Hey, Snoops. Why does Mom call you her favorite cali?
Snoops: It’s short for calico. That’s what they call the beautiful coloring of my fur.
Kommando: That’s strange. I looked up cali (with a c) in the dictionary, and they said it was a city in Colombia
Snoops: Hmm. That’s odd.
Kommando: Yeah. That’s what I thought. So I looked it up with a “k”.
Snoops: What did it say?
Kommando: The Hindu goddess of death and destruction. That seemed a bit extreme, since you’re usually pretty laid back.
Snoops: Thanks. Like I said, it’s just short for Calico.
Kommando: OK, that makes more sense.
Pauses. Then looks up again.
Kommando: Uh, Snoops? This says that calico is a cotton material imported from India or some other type of cotton material
Snoops: That’s not right. Keep looking.
Kommando: OK, OK. Let’s see. How about a blotched or spotted animal? One that is predominantly white with red and black patches.
Snoops: Good grief. What are you reading?
Kommando: It’s called Merriam-Webster.
Snoops: Well. I don’t know who that it, but they’re crazy.
Kommando: That sounds pretty ugly. Are you sure Mom means it as a compliment?
Snoops: Yes. I’m sure. I think that Miriam lady hates cats.
Kommando: Maybe. There are some strange people out there.
Snoops: Anyway. We do have three colors. And usually they’re white, black and orange. Some are predominantly white and some are predominantly black.
Kommando: So humans just go in and order a calico in the colors they want?
Snoops. Of course not. We’re not a breed. It’s a coat pattern.
Kommando: Oh. So you’re just a regular cat.
Snoops: Hmmph. Some people think we’re lucky.
Snoops: Yep. Here and in England, male calico cats are lucky because they’re so rare.
Kommando: OK. So that lets you out. You’re a girl.
Snoops: True. But in Japan, Maneki neko (a cat talisman) is almost always a calico, and they think she brings good fortune and wealth. Not only that, traditionally Japanese sailors brought calicos on voyages to chase away storms and angry ancestral spirits.
Kommando: That’s pretty cool.
Snoops: And we’re the official state cat of Maryland. That’s kinda weird though. They didn’t pick us because we’re awesome. They picked us because we look like their state bird, the oriole.
Kommando: It says that sometimes humans confuse you guys with tortoiseshells.
Snoops: That’s weird. Torties don’t have white in their coats. Humans just don’t pay attention.
Kommando: That’s true enough. Well, I guess being three colored is better than being a goddess of destruction.
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