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A puppy meets a calico cat and her kittens. Notice how not all the kittens have patterns matching their mother’s.

The city of Calicut, India makes a lot of cotton fabric. One of the main fabrics is called Calico cotton. It’s named after Calicut. The cloth is plainly woven and appears beige with tiny specks of cotton seeds. It’s often printed with colorful patterns. The calico cat is named after the patterned cotton fabric.

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What breed of calico cat would you want to own?


Have you read any other books that talk about cat coat patterns? How were they similar to or different from the calico pattern?


Calico cats are thought to be lucky! Are there any other lucky animals in the world?

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