Calico Kitten Sherman is Considered One in a Million, But Why?


Before we talk about why calico cat Sherman is considered one in a million, let us first discuss what a calico is.  Calico is not a breed of cat.  The term calico was derived from the feline’s unique multi-colored coat. A male calico cat is very rare.  In fact, according to the Humane Society Silicon Valley, the chances of a male calico cat being born are less than 0.1 percent, or about 1 in 3,000.  And that explains why a male calico cat is like one in a million.

On January 30, 2015, Sherman the Calico cat came as a transfer from another sister shelter that was full to the Humane Society Silicon Valley.  He came to the shelter with loads of energy and spunkiness.  His uniqueness and his lovely personality caught the attention of many people especially because he is a male calico cat. The staff and vets of Sunnyvale Neighborhood Adoption Center, which is located inside a Petco, were amazed when they saw Sherman came through the doors.

“It’s like a unicorn.  I’ve been involved with shelters for 20 years, and I have never seen one,” said Andrea Berger, an HSSV vet.

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After the word got out that the 4-month-old male calico cat is available for adoption, people raced to the adoption center to take him home.  In fact, on January 31, 2015 fifteen people made a line a waited outside for Petco on Sunnyvale’s E. El Camino Real to open hoping that they will be able to take the very rare male calico cat.

Sherman’s need for a new and permanent home was fulfilled in less than 36 hours from the time he was made available for adoption.  The lucky person who took Sherman home is an unnamed Sunnyvale man. Sherman’s uniqueness sure helped him a lot in finding his forever home that quick.  On the other hand, his new pet parent is also very lucky to have him.  I’m sure he’s very glad to be the chosen person to adopt Sherman out of 15 applicants.

Anyways, I wonder how soon before I can write another article about another male calico cat again.  Maybe in a year or so, what do you think?


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