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Calico Cat Names

If you were an Indian, tri-color would mean a patriotic symbol for you, but for the rest of the world, tri-color is what a Calico Cat is. With their striking patches of orange, black, and white, they are like the living Picasso paintings of the cat universe. But looks are not the only thing they serve.

Historically, calico cats have been considered good luck charms in many cultures. The Japanese even have a famous calico cat figurine called the "Maneki-Neko," or beckoning cat, believed to bring good fortune and prosperity. Cats with Benefits! 

Spirited, affectionate, independent and sassy, these felines are the divas of the cat world. And when you’re choosing a name for such a cat, it has to be special, unique and something that suits their personality. We’ve got some great options for you to start with! 

Female Calico Cat Names

We’ll go with the world’s rule here – Ladies first! 

  • Patchouli – Earthy and musky

  • Confetti – For your party animal

  • Spice – For all that sass 

  • Sunset – There’s orange and beauty in both

  • Whiskerina – A regal name for your Highness

  • Patches – Obvious name but cute

  • Carmelita – As sweet as caramel

  • Sundae – Holidays and ice cream, who doesn’t love them?

  • Sherbet – Bright and colorful

  • Butterscotch – Sweet with a hint of orange

Calico Cat Male Names

If yours is a male one, here are some great name options for you as well – 

  • Patchy – Obvious but not bad. You could also go with ‘Patch’

  • McFluffy – You’ll love it!

  • Jigsaw – A puzzle of colors

  • Pablo Picatso – Only if they had painted themselves. 

  • Skittles – Taste the rainbow, or pet it!

  • Camo – For a coat that blends.

  • Harlequin – She does like colors.

  • Polka – For the dots

  • Doodle – Looks like God was doodling here. 

  • Mosaic – A living piece of art

  • Art – The above line inspired this name.

  • Pixel – Not by Google. 

  • Jellybean - Colorful and fun

If you were actually looking for names for a male Calico, then we must say that you’re holding a very rare cat there. Calicoes are almost exclusively female except under rare genetic conditions. The XXY combination is a genetic rarity that occasionally shows up in cats (people, too). And if both X chromosomes carry the calico blueprint, you're looking at one rare cat: a male calico. Only 1 in about 3000 male cats are calicoes. 

What is the Name of a Tricolor Cat?

Calico is the name of the tricolor cat. A thing to note here is that this is not a breed we are talking about. Calico is referred only to as the coat color. This pattern can occur in almost all breeds of cats. However, Formal standards set by professional and show animal breeders limit the breeds among which they permit registration of cats with calico coloration; those breeds are the Manx cat, American Shorthair, Maine Coon, British Shorthair, Persian cat, Arabian Mau, Japanese Bobtail, Exotic Shorthair, Siberian, Turkish Van, Turkish Angora, and the Norwegian Forest cat. (1) (Add links wherever applicable on the cat breeds)

How Rare is a Female Calico Cat?

You may be shocked to know that female Calico cats are actually not that rare. They can be found all over the world. However, we humans cannot artificially breed Calico cats to increase their supply. The coloring happens only by chance. Among these Calicoes, if you are looking specifically for females, you won’t have much difficulty. Just pick one and place a bet, with a friend who is not very aware of the feline world, that the cat is female. There’s a 99.9% chance you’ll win. 

More About Spot Pet Insurance

While you take your time in choosing a great name from the list for your beautiful Calico, it is important to know some facts relating to medical predispositions in cats now that you’re a parent of one. (1)

  • The most common health problems in spayed/neutered cats include hyperthyroidism, flea-bite hypersensitivity, obesity, periodontal disease, cardiac dysrhythmia, constipation and lameness.

  • Common health problems in intact cats include heart murmur, urinary tract infections (UTI), anemia, anorexia, complications and infections of the reproductive system, and overgrooming. 

With a Spot accident and illness plan, you can take your cat for treatment at any licensed vet in Canada or the U.S. Spot plans don’t have networks, so whether you’re home or traveling within the U.S, veterinary services your cat receives for the diagnosis, treatment, or management of eligible services can be covered. Spot’s accident and illness plans can help cover a variety of conditions, ranging from broken bones and bite wounds to behavioral conditions, and cancer. While base plans do not offer coverage for preventive care services, Spot’s Wellness Riders can be added to any base plan for an additional fee and can help cover the eligible costs of wellness exams, vaccinations, dental cleanings, and more! Learn more about cat insurance or get a free quote. 


  1. Wikipedia contributors. (2024, May 27). Calico cat. Wikipedia.

  2. 20 Most Common Cat Health Problems According to Gender, Neutering Status and Age. (2023, August 16). Vetic | Pet Care Reimagined.

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