Animal Stories - Tortoise Shell Cats

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Tortoiseshell Cats have a beautiful tapestry of wonderful interweaving colors!
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Jessica K. - 2012-04-25
@ Wendy Marlowe, why don't you try and re-home your rare male tortie to a good home rather than selling him? There are too many homeless and neglected felines in this country (and world). You should be more concerned with him going to a loving, giving and able pet parent than making a profit off of his rarity and life that you didn't create. I have been blessed with four beautifully healthy felines that chose me to be their caretaker, one of which is a bossy tortie. :) So, put his well being over any money you could make off of him and his rarity.

CT - 2011-07-21
My fiance's cat died the last Friday in April. Two weeks later, we had friends over for dinner and had our patio door open as it was a beautiful evening. I saw a black flash go past, thinking it was my little Yorkie. My fiance turned, looked and wondered where this bold cat had come from. Instead of getting startled and fleeing, she spotted the dog food bowl and started to gorge herself. She had no interest in leaving after she'd eaten a bowl full of food and acted just like she'd just returned from a long vacation. My fiance used to be a vet tech and was convinced the cat was pregnant, maybe 2-3 weeks along.

The next morning, we thought we'd see if she wanted back out of the house. She would go out a few feet, then turn around and come back in. She seemed far too loving and sweet and well socialized to be a complete stray so we put an ad on craigslist and I set off to the store to buy a litter box, litter and food. We tried to get her to do her potty business outside before I left, but she wouldn't. In the meantime, she pooped behind the toilet, then jumped into the bath tub and peed down the drain...honest! She's obviously a bright cat. When I returned home, she jumped right into the litter box and did her thing.

Long story short, someone else posted an ad a few blocks away about another young pregnant tortie. I'd guess they were sisters and abandoned by someone who either moved or something happened to their owner. I now have "Chloe" and seven healthy 18 day old kittens. We have two red tabbies, two medium grays, and three black kittens. I'm curious if any of them will exhibit the tortie color traits. Does anyone know if torties are all black when they are born, taking on color later?

Before my fiance's cat died (she was 18) we'd talked about getting two kittens at some point down the road after she was gone. We just didn't expect that the maker of the kittens would adopt us. I'm glad she did, she's sweet, very very smart, loves my Yorkie, and she's the first cat I've ever owned. She's perfect in my mind.

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  • Dorothye - 2011-11-12
    I have a female Tortie. She belonged to my companion that I lived with for 4 years. He passed away in May and she is having a hard time adjusting to life without him. She is very tempermental and does not like anyone. She will actually growl like a dog. You cannot pet her unless she makes the move to let you. She will put out claws and actually bite you. She has been with me over 4 years now and I cant give her to anyone because they would not understand her temperment and would probably think she is crazy or weird and put her down. By the way, her name is Krazy Kat.
  • Carol Conger - 2011-12-09
    Torties are born with their adult pattern right down to the skin cells from which the hairs grow! I have had 2 wonderful torties in my life and just lost my Lila this past August. It is interesting to read about the coat pattern, which appears on females due to the genetics. The males are red/orange. Google it!
  • Carol Conger - 2011-12-09
    Torties are born with their adult pattern right down to the skin cells from which the hairs grow! I have had 2 wonderful torties in my life and just lost my Lila this past August. It is interesting to read about the coat pattern, which appears on females due to the genetics. The males are red/orange. Google it!
  • Peggy - 2012-01-11
    Yes turties are born long black hair then after 7 days they get there colores.
  • wendy marlowe - 2012-04-25
    I have a male tortoiseshell, calico who got my female orange tabby pregnant, shes fixed now. I'd like to sell him. We can only have 1 cat, and we had our baby girl to long to let her go. I'd like to take bids on him, i can post pictures soon.
Evelyne - 2010-11-19
We have a male tortoiseshell and he is dark grey with peach/beige patches. I would like to know how rare this cat is? He has no white on him. Could someone please let me know the rarity of this cat.

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  • Leola White - 2011-11-07
    My cat Harliquin is colored like yours-they are called dilute torties, and are a little rarer. I had a dark tortie as a child, and it was a thrill to get another one. She had a loving nature, and many kooky habits and rituals. She tends to be overweight, but we are working on that. I really love how she adores me, and just wants to be in on any activity. She has a very soft meow, sometimes only a squeak. My other cat is a Balinese/Himalayan mix, and she would love to be friends with her, but Sheba is a snob to her. I guess cats are like humans, you can't just assume friendship by proximity. Good luck with your tortie-they are the best!
Nicole - 2011-09-13
I was told by my Vet that Tort cats were the most hyper cats and that they will pretty much pick and choose what they like and what they don't and pray that they like you! My cat is still a baby. My daughter named her Prinesses and she is so smart when a baby or small child come near her she automatcially puts her claws in and she won't scratch or bite any one unless you rough house with her!

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  • brit - 2011-10-19
    We got the cutest most adorable little tortoise shell kitten for free outside of Walmart
    I didn't want anymore animals but as soon as I looked into her eyes,I was in love! She has a bobbed tail n tiffs on her ears and the cutest little fat round belly and the sweetest meow! I just adore her! We have had her about a month and she has made herself quite at hone. She is best friends with my little chiuhaua it's so cute to watch them together. She is so smart and so vocal she has to be a part of everything and always has something to say! She thinks she is a human I'm pretty sure. She fits in our family perfect like she's always been here. I just dote on her,even when she's onery. My husband says 'man,that little kitten sure has you wrapped around her paw and she knows it'!
Brittney Peyman - 2011-09-01
I found this very interesting. I have a male tortsoiseshell cat and he is very lovey. I didnt know that most are sterile. But the comment about them not being very masculine and almost femminane I dont agree with. Jackel, our male, is very dominant and is always out hunting and playin with our other male cat. Mind you, our other male is twice his size and he never backs down from him... even when they do actually fight. Them being protectors I can agree with. When I go to bed he sits at my window seal and watches over me from the same spot all night!!! Its almost creepy.

Marcie - 2011-07-18
We have a female tortie who showed up at our house about a month ago. She has loved our lab since day one, and is the sweetest little thing. Vet says she is 1 to 4 yrs. old. She is an outdoor cat who is very content to be left alone. She has made our front porch her home, and when we do go outside, loves to be petted. We feel fortunate she chose us.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-18
    That is neat.... I had a tiger cat show up and named him Jack. He would dissapear occasionally for a week or so at a time. Then he would come back and I'd bandage him up and finally he decided that in the house was better than the wild and was he ever a wonderful pet. Jack was the guard cat of the guard dogs.
somebody - 2011-07-02
I have a tortie or torbie named Velvit Rose because I got her from Safe Haven on Valentines Day! She is a goofy nutty wacky cat that just can't settle down. At Safe Haven she was as shy as ever and now she just won't be quiet and runs all over the place! She is 1 year old her b-day is May 2nd and I just love her to death!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-02
    Glad you enjoy. Sounds like a great disposition.
jade - 2010-03-24
How much are these cats worth?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-03-24
    Toroise shell is a color pattern, not a breed. Most of them are probably mixed breeds that you can pick up at an animal shelter for very little money.
  • Carlenne - 2010-06-08
    In dollars? They are not rare, so not "valuable". But they are certainly lovable and beautiful and full of attitude.
  • Adolf Hitler - 2010-06-20
    7$ on tuesday, or friday
    10$ on any other days.
    You really don't want them though because they are just little *****!
  • Eugene Wolkow - 2011-01-04
    I assume a lot. They are rare. Most mongees are calicos, tabbies, spotted and solids. After I picked mine up, in a graveyard no less, I've had quite a few offers to take her.

  • Aly\'s J - 2011-03-31
    My little Maisie is priceless! She is such a joy to have around.
  • kathy - 2011-06-27
    Mine was free, she was born a stray.
c. lopez - 2011-05-07
I invited the cat into my house just once and later that week she moved in! She's the best cat I've ever had-affectionate (but not clingy), good watchcat-she'll growl when someone is approaching the door, fearless fighter-doesn't like visiting cats, very friendly to all the neighbors who invite her in and a great mouser and birder-not too keen on snakes. She can also be an insistent nag when she wants something. If I don't wake up to her meowing, she'll start poking me in the face until I get up and she makes you aware when she wants to eat or go out! She's about 18 years old, always been healthy and still going strong.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    Good for you. I had a cat named Snoopy (cuz she was) for 19 years. Couldn't find her one time and it was because she had crawled into the refrigerator. I got her when I was seven. She would attack my mother if my mother yelled at me. Gee, I loved the cat. She walked me to school and would wait for me by the back yard gate to come home. I just really enjoyed her hissing at my mom if she yelled at me. My mother was afraid of the cat.
jessica - 2010-02-28
i got a tortie from jacks aquarium. I should have known when I saw her climbing on the cage upside down and bitting my necklace that she would be a nut ball. She loves water and getting into any room she knows shes not allowed to. She attacks blinds, and my american bulldog. She thinks she is queen bee around here, her favorite thing to do is bow up and hop around. She doesn't like cat nip but acts like shes on it 24/7. She wasn't the lap cat I wanted but she def gives me entertainment, I hope she calms down in the years to come.

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  • Ali - 2011-03-11
    THIS is my kitten too :)
  • tami - 2011-04-09
    I also have a nut job tortie, named gracie lou and I adopted her from the good shephard Humane Society in Euerka Springs, Ar. She is the funniest cat I have had, and I
  • tami - 2011-04-09
    I have a new tortie, named gracie lou, who i adopted from the humane society. Its funny that you call her a nut ball, i also call her that, she is crazy acting at times and I think she is so funny to watch. Does yours have really big ears? Hers seem really big, which really makes her cute. She also acts like she "on" catnip 24/7....only 9 months old, hoping she mellows out with age!
  • klaus - 2011-05-03
    I have a tortie who looks exactly like yours so much so I thought it was Lucy. I got her from the rspca. She has been the best companion for me. I call her my cat,dog. She is 1yr now and has finally learnt to sit with me. My daughter just loves her to death and I think the cat thinks the same of her. I could not have been so lucky for Lucy to have chose me to bring her home.