If you are looking to increase your chances of winning POWERBALL you may want to adopt a calico. According to folklore, calico cats are lucky. Japanese sailors traveled with calicos to ensure a safe voyage and protect their ships from harm. In England and the United States, male calicos are considered especially lucky thanks to their rarity and in the U.S., they are sometimes called “money cats” due to the mistaken belief that they can be sold for top dollar.

Also, maneki neko, the Japanese talisman frequently seen in shops and restaurants, is almost always a calico. Maneki neko is sometimes called the fortune cat in English. Pay attention to her paws: A raised left paw is said to bring in customers, while the right paw bestows good luck and wealth. Also, the higher the paw is raised, the luckier you’re going to get.

W-calico cat2While any breed of cat can be born with calico fur (calico describes the color pattern of a white cat with orange and/or black patches on the coat), the vast majority of these cats are female, with only about one in 3,000 calico cats born male.  So why are most calico cats female?

As you may be aware, females have two X-chromosomes, meaning they can only pass down an X-chromosome to their offspring. Males, on the other hand, have an X-chromosome and a Y-chromosome. This allows them to pass down either an X or a Y to their offspring, determining the genetic gender. Thus, a female receives an X-chromosome from both of her parents while a male receives an X-chromosome from his mother and a Y-chromosome from his father. This is true for both humans and cats, along with many other animals.

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