Animal Stories - Tortoise Shell Cats

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Tortoiseshell Cats have a beautiful tapestry of wonderful interweaving colors!
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Jessie Njeri M - 2013-04-03
I don't know how to handle this kitten it's fighting me really hard plus I just got it.......haven't thought of a name to give it yet.

Malin - 2013-04-12
We can a wonderful tortie named Meggie who was dumped as a kitten in our neighborhood along with two other kitten. We have had no problems with litter training or scratching furniture. She is spoiled rotten! We have had her for almost a year and can't imagine our home with her. She definitely has personality. She talks to you, plays fetch and will even give you a high five. She is small for her age but she was so starved when she first wandered up to own home. it was heartbreakening, she was close to death when we took her to the vet when she arrived. Sadly her brother and sister died who were taken by neighbors. But Meggie is happy!

allison - 2013-04-11
I have a really beautiful tortoiseshell kitty myself, she looks just like the one in the picture, she just turned a year old & she's pregnant but not real sure how far along she is but I'm worried whether or not she will deliver her babies without any problems because she's so tiny that she looks like a kitten still. We named her Midge because when she was born, she was the smallest of the litter of 4 which made her a midget, so we just named her Midge. I worried about her momma having trouble cuz she was little also & only 10 months old but she was not as little as Midge is now & she's 1. Does anybody know if I should worry? Does anybody else have 1 that is just as small? Is it normal for her to be so little? Her other siblings are normal sizes.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-12
    It can be normal for cats to be little. Sometimes runts of the litter never get to be as big as their siblings or parents. That being said, it is possible that her being so small could make it difficult for her to deliver her babies safely. If you are really concerned you may want to take her to a vet to see if they recommend anything. Also, you may want to get her spayed after she has this litter, and spay and neuter any of the new kittens to make sure they don't have problems either.
Gloria - 2013-03-04
I have a dilute tortie, she has white on her paws and neck but colors on the rest of her like ginger, gray and she is beautiful. But she is wearing me out. I think she is about 9 or 10 months old and has been spayed but if she doesn't get her way she gets into everything and climbs the curtains, carries my things around in her mouth and the list goes on. Will she ever calm down? I love her very much and she loves me but she will attack my hand if I don't play with her sometimes or if I do. I don't know what to do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-04
    Wow, she sounds like she's awefully rambunctious. I've had tons of cats, and I would say it's mostly an age thing, but you could consider getting her a playmate. That could help divert her attention from objects, to playing with her new friend instead.
teresa w - 2013-01-17
It disturbed me to see the comment about torties having a tendency to not use a litter box. I have a tortoiseshell kitty who has used her litter box from Day 1. She does not like to share a box with my other cats, so I have three litter boxes to maintain, but she has never had an 'accident' to my knowledge. However, she definitely has some serious catittude. Lexi is a tiny cat, yet she rules the roost over her brother and my older female tabby. If they get out of line, she chases them and does her best to beat them up. For that matter, if she dislikes something that one of her people does, she'll chase us, too. We call her our bi-polar kitty. In spite of her occasional nuttiness, she is usually a complete sweetie and absolutely adores my husband.

Joan - 2012-10-29
I have just had to euthanize my adorable tortie. I don't quite understand the postings. Yes her nickname was Her Royal Pussness, but she was a charming and sweet kitty. I have so missed her that I was thinking about trying to find another tortie and I am astonished to hear from so many that they are demanding, feisty and from what I read bossy and hot tempered. My little girl was anything but. Perhaps demanding, when she hissed (rarely) at me, she would turn her head away to do so. I found her in a poor shelter in Maine so she was named M E... (Emmy). She had intestinal problems, pink eye, ear mites and ringworm. She was cured of all of her ailments and lived with me for 15 years. Her affectionate behavior was totally captivating. Whenever there was a visitor to my apartment she came to say hello and to be petted. Her final months were plagued with Renal disease but she was always ready for affection. She submitted to her treatments and became more and more a lap cat as she grew older and then succumbed to the disease. I am just curious as to whether her disposition was unusual or am I likely to find a disgruntled kitty when I adopt another of these adorable creatures.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-30
    I am sorry - it is hard
  • anna - 2012-11-16
    Joan, I am just as confused as you are about the generalizations made about the tortie personality. My tortie is nothing but sweet, loving, friendly, gentle in nature, and loves to be held. I volunteer at my local shelter and find the torties there to be very sweet as well. I am not seeing the 'tortitude' that is mentioned by many, and this is not based on only my own tortie, but many!
  • Jennifer - 2012-12-02
    I too own a tortie with what I call a very pleasing personality. You pretty much described her to a T. She is sweet and affectionate...always greets strangers who come to visit. She is very quite and rarely voices her opinion even when I may inadvertently forget to feed her for a few hours. I have owned over 60 cats in my lifetime and she is by far my favorite. I also have owned many calico's who do have very bitchy maybe that is where the crossover comes from. I am sorry to here about your kitty is fighting a fungus right now and I know she is uncomfortable...but fighting the good fight! I recently fostered a kitty that my sister found locally and was hit by a car. Such a different personality...but just like children your heart grows to accommodate a new baby into your life. I know you will find the right match...good luck! Jennifer
Elizabeth - 2012-11-25
My family lost our calico of 11 years last fall, this time last year we went to a rescue that is made up of Foster cats. We were walking around And I was extremely close to the calico so I was not sure about a new cat.  We walked around and this little cat grabbed onto my jacket sleeve, at the time her name was Lou Lou. She is. Now named Teddy and a healthy 1 and a half old tortishell. I was wondering though my family has a 9 year old mutt like cat that has always been the head cat 'alpha ' but out of no where Teddy and him are avoiding each other and growling,hissing and chasing each other. They normally get along but now they both are acting off

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-26
    I don't know but some questions.  Are both cats neutered/spayed?  If they are both males and not neutered could there be a female in heat around. 
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-26
    Thought of another thing also - cats are normally going to determine 'this is my chair' 'this is my territory' 'this is my side of the bed'   etc.  Your youngest is 1 1/2 years and so just getting sexually mature and independent wanting to show its independence.  They will figure it out but a few hissy fits might occur. 
Christine - 2012-06-26
I have a torbie kittie in my home and I have tortie kitties that I feed in the neighborhood who have be abandoned or became strays. The one I feed is really in love with me when I show up she rubs on me and she lets me touch her. I had her fixed and her offspring a few years back...lots of kitties that I feed and water on a nightly basis...2.5-hours...on fb I have a group called 'Kittie Angel Network' 'Adopt-A-Spot'...Enjoy...

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  • jeryl edwards - 2012-09-29
    Hi, how u doing? I have a domestic shorthair tortoise shell. She is 2 years old and I found her on the street. She was small when I got her. I love her. She makes me happy. She got her way act just like a female she jump and be in window looking out if somthing happen. She come get me. She talk a little cause I talk to her everyday. Her name is Lucky that my baby. She like to run after everything like birds when they be in my window now she in door. Cat my name is Lynn I do what to here from you more about the cat.
Nancy Thorgaard - 2012-01-16
My female tortie is now about 16 years old. She belonged to my brothers former wife since before they married. He was going to take it back to the animal shelter because the cat made so much noise! At the time I wondered how he could even fathom the idea? Well, I offered to take her instead. This cat, Isis, rarely shuts up! She joins in with human conversations as if she has something important to add. She greets everyone at the door, enthusiastically! We have seen her climb up the back of a step ladder to get into the face of whomever is standing on the ladder and see what was going on. She then lets out a loud, 'RAOWWW'. I wish I could read her mind. But, she won't be held and she never sleeps in our laps. I have heard this is typical. Another tortie owner asked me, 'Does she (Isis) have an attitude?'. I guess certain personality traits go along with that distinctive coat!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    Don't you wish you could read their minds at times. You know they understand all that you say but sometimes they just aren't clear back.
  • Mark O - 2012-02-05
    Sounds awfully familiar! Mojo is about 10 years old, and a tortie with loads of brio and curiosity. I found her when I was looking for an older kitten to live alongside Commanche, our tabby. His sister had gone missing about 6 months before, and we wanted to find a cat that he would accept (he's a grumpy old so and so). I went to a local RSPCA cat rescue, and had gone all the way down the rows and decided the cats there were all too young or old for him to take to - when all of a sudden Mojo uncurled herself from under the older cat she was sharing a basket with, and stood up against the window of her cubicle to see what was going on. We became friends at that instant. When I collected her a week later, she didn't stop crying all the way home - 70 miles! Commanche and her got on fine, and she's been a wonderful cat to live with ever since. She always wants to know what's going on, and comes to help. - The first instance was when I was using an electric breaker in the garden to break up big lumps of concrete. Commanche went and hid, but she wouldn't go away - she watched me from start to finish, just a couple of yards away. She purrs constantly, hunts voraciously and talks to you all the time. The only time there's trouble is the annual inoculations - she climbs up my chest trying to get away from the vet with a 'how could you do this to me AGAIN?' look on her face. I don't see her so often as my partner and I split up a few years ago, but every time I see her we get back together again. Love her to bits.
  • Rebecca - 2012-06-08
    Hi, Nancy. Torties are notoriouse for their 'catitude.' The only reason that my Hekitty gets on my lap now is that her mother died when she was only 5 weeks old, and I took her then. She was eating well enough, but she 'rootled' in the crook of my arm, nuzzing and kneading, since I was the closest thing to 'Mom' she had left. And even after 4 years, I can NOT pick her up without a chase and battle, and I can't HOLD her. She gets in my lap to curl and nap, or to rootle, but she won't tolerate being confined in any way. I don't know if the snits and aloofness are actually linked to the color pattern, but I've heard lots of experienced cat people who seem to think so. And yes, they are VERY talkative, and into everything. Best advice, take it slow. She's a cranky old lady, set in her ways, who has had her whole life turned upside down. When you're sitting down, pat your tummy or legs to invite, and one day, she might just surprise you!
linda - 2011-02-27
I wish i had an answer for my tortoiseshell aisha since 7/16/10 she has not stopped whining which was the day i put down my beautiful grey male alexei - i don't know what aisha wants i play with her and give her attention fresh food and water daily and really give her lots of love and yet she whines in the same monotone constantly - the truth is i am now getting daily headaches from this - any advice? Thanks

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  • Dorian - 2011-05-08
    I hope you've found an answer by now. Apparently, your cat is grieving (or was). The most obvious answer is to find her a new companion.
  • venissa pillay - 2011-07-09
    Hi Linda,
    Is your cat male or female? My cats name is Patches and she's a female. I had the same problem and recently found out from our vet if female she has to be spayed as torties ovulate for months at a time and whine and roll continuously. Hope that this helps you. Kind regards Venissa
  • Leigh White - 2011-11-07
    I had two cats that were very close, My Norwegian Forest Cat was basically Papa to my Siamese who was 5 years younger. When he died, she grieved also with a lot of calling and meowing. She still looks for him after 3 1/2 yrs. If you have objects that bear the scent of the cat who has gone, give that to the grieving one. It just takes a lot of time. My third cat does not seem to miss Clyde as much, but the remaining two don't like each other. Clyde was the one who made the trio work. Good luck-it is so hard to see them unhappy. (The third one is a dilute tortie, that is why I am on this site and saw your email.)
  • Peggy - 2012-01-11
    Your cat is crying for your other cat who died,and they hurt like you and I when we loose someone we love,the only way you can stop her from crying is to get another play mate for your cat.she will love you for it. God bless you.
  • Marie - 2012-04-27
    I have a tortoise shell cat 2 and mine whines all the time. I play with her, brush her and pet her so one day I had chocolate and she wanted some. I let her taste it and she loves it she takes 3 little peices and off she goes to sleep for 2 to 3 hours she only likes the dark chocolate. I do not know if it is harmful for her but it works
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-27
    Chocalate is toxic for cats and can cause death. You might want to read this article. CHOCALATE and CATS