Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jun 28, 2013
The Calico American Shorthair that my family had was a con artist. When we first encountered her mewing sweetly behind the cage at the local Humane Society, we instantly fell in love. Only to have that spell quickly dashed as soon as she went home with us. She was a terror in the first couple months. She loved biting and scratching us humans.
So for the remainder of her 18 plus years with us, she reigned as the cat queen in our household, letting her roam in the house as she pleased. We never figured out some of her hiding places, and often liked to let us freak out when we try to look for her, only for her to emerge out of nowhere after several minutes. She got along with other dogs and cats, as long they refrain from irritating her. If they did, they received hard paw bonks on their heads. She liked to meow when she gets hungry, even though her bowl has kibbles in it.
She was not destructive to our belongings, as she was effectively declawed at a young age (some people may disagree with this practice). Some furniture were off-limits, but the few times we have caught her where she was not supposed to be, only an appearance of annoyance came when she was shoo-ed away.
Health wise, this cat suffered from hairball blockage, so towels and vinegar was always on hand. She left herself very clean, as baths were not required in between long periods.
Calico cats are almost exclusively female, as I have not yet encountered one that is male.