Facts about Calico Cats... *Calicos were nominated as the official state cat of Maryland on October 1, 2001. *In many cultures, calicos are considered as bringers of good luck. *These cats are known as money cats in the United States. *Most calico cats are females. *Calico is not a particular cat breed. This word only refers to a color pattern of cats’ fur and not to a breed. *A popular good luck ceramic sculpture form in Japan, Maneki Neo, is almost always fashioned after calico cats.