Different names for this coat color are tricolor cat, mi-ke, lapjeskat.
Different names for diluted calicoes are calimanco or clouded tiger .
The Causing of CalicoesEdit
Mammals have 2 chromosomes, X and Y. A normal female cat has two X chromosomes and no Y chromosomes. Normal male cats have one X and one Y. It is the chromosomes that determine the gender of the cat. If the father passes on his X chromosome, it will be a female. If he passes on his Y chromosome, it will be a male. All female placental mammals have a "mosaic". This means they have random patches of X inactivation from one of their two X chromosomes.
Calico cats are ALMOST always female because the X determines the gender of the cat and females have two Xs. Because the Y carries NO color genetics, males are not really ever calico. The exception is when the male abnormally carries two X chromosomes and one Y. All male calicoes are sterile due to this.