Calico – Tortoiseshell Cat

Calico – Tortoiseshell Cat


Fluff my Persian Cat.

I thought my cat was a Tortoiseshell cat, but studying about cats, I find she was a Calico cat. Although she passed away many years ago I have never forgotten her, I had other cats which I liked, but Fluff was my most loved one of them all.

Evidently a cat of this coloring “Calico” refers only to a color pattern on the fur, not to a breed, but she was a beautiful Persian cat.

I had a white Persian cat, which I loved very much, she couldn’t stay clean on the farm so I gave her to another lady that lived in town, which was for the best, she stayed clean, but I regretted it I missed her so much, I never found another white Persian cat like her again.

Fluff Sleeping

Tortoiseshell Cats

This has been a very confusing study for this article, it seems that a calico cat is a name for a tortoiseshell cat (in Canada and the United States), outside of North America the pattern is more usually called tortoiseshell and white so I will stay with the facts that Fluff was a tortoiseshell cat which describes a coat coloring found mostly in female cats.

Tortoiseshell Cats Are Beautiful

Calico Cats

Calico cats are domestic cats with a spotted or parti-color coat, usually predominantly white with orange and black patches. Outside of North America, the pattern is more usually called tortoiseshell-and-white.


Photo Credit –  Calico Kitten, she is beautiful

Lend me a kitten – Poem for special little kitten

In Memory of a special little Christmas kitten that never lived to be a cat, run over crossing the road.

You can see him sleeping on the top of the couch on Christmas day, not very clear but still a special little kitten.

Lend me a Kitten

I will lend to you for awhile a kitten, God said.
For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he’s dead.
Maybe for 12 or 14 years, or maybe two or three.
But will you, ’till I call him back, take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and, should his stay be brief,
you’ll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught below I want this kitten to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over in search of teachers true,
and from the folk that crowds life’s land, I have chosen you.
Now, will you give him all your love, not think of the labor?
Nor hate me when I come to take my kitten home again?

I fancied that I heard them say,”Dear Lord, thy will be done.”
For all the joys this kitten brings, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness that we have known, forever grateful stay.

But should you call him back, much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
If, by our love, we’ve managed your wishes to achieve,
Then in memory of him whom we loved, please help us while we grieve.

Fluff on Doorstep

Fluff sitting on the front doorsteps in the 1980’s


  1. Oh, that was gorgeous, Elsie. I do appreciate how you feel about your past loves. I had a white persian who lived for only 4 years. He had been a caesarian birth and had suffered a loss of oxygen. The result was he wasn’t very strong. However, he was mentally the toughest, sweetest cat I’ve owned. His memory warms my heart…

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  2. interesting post about cats, Elsie. Living in U.S., we’ve always called our tri-colored farm cats “calico”…and they’re always female. Your Fluff was a beauty…cute kitten too!


    • Thanks for commenting, yes they are beautiful cats, so pleased you wrote a book about them.
      I’m following you now, I was a knitting, crocheting and needlepoint addict in my younger days, but don’t seem to find the time now, too much time spent writing for my blog and reading my follower’s posts.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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