Animal Stories - People Talking About Tortoise Shell Cats
Select Pet Atlas
-------- Select --------
Aquarium Coral Reefs
Aquarium Tropical Fish
Marine - Saltwater Fish
Reptiles - Amphibians
Small Animal Pets
Select A Family
-------- Select --------
Hybrid Cat Breeds
Mutation Cat Breeds
Natural Cat Breeds
Species / Breed
<- Select a family first
---------- Select ----------
Mackeral Tabby Color Pattern
Tortoise Shell Cats
Animal-World Information about:
Tortoise Shell Cats
Tortoiseshell Cats have a beautiful tapestry of wonderful interweaving colors!
Add Your Animal Story
Latest Animal Stories
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.
Click For Replies (1)
Charlie Roche -
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.
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.
Click For Replies (4)
THIS is my kitten too :)
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
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!
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.
I have a tordie named Shelly. I founded her four years ago at a Shell station, she had been there for 3 weeks and the store owner had been feeding her hoping to locate her owner. I walked in and she followed me in the store and rubbed my leg. I took her home and she has been with me ever since. She is my baby and is priceless to me!
I lost my beautiful tortie, Jezebel, this week. She was a tiny little girl who chose our family when my parents' neighbors moved and decided to leave her outside in Minnesota in November. She was declawed so left pretty defenseless to other outside cats. We had her for about 14 years; we don't know what her age was when we got her. She slipped out of our house undetected on an adventure a year ago (she was not an outdoor cat once she came to live with us). She was getting elderly and I was so afraid I wouldn't see her again, but a kind delivery person picked her up and saw my posters and returned her to me two days later. I am so blessed and honored to have been "hers". I will miss her so much; she was a wonderful and unique kitty with a one of a kind personality.
Click For Replies (1)
Lou Thierwechter -
We got our "Tortie" just before Christmas. She's a cute little kitten who was living "in the wild" and came to us late one night. We have since given her all her meds and she is in good health. She is very playful.
We will be moving soon and already have a tiger cat and so this one is "up for adoption." We are hoping to find her a good home. She will give her next owner many years of comfort and fun. Anyone interested can write to us at PO Box 547, Allegan, MI; 49010.
I acquired a tortoise shell cat after the little neighbor boy found her in a ditch.......she wasn't even three weeks old.....after attempting to find her mother or no more kittens I brought her in the next day and syringe fed her......she is of course now ours and we love her very much......We have another cat that we took in as a kitten five months ago. At first he wouldn't tolerate the new addition but now they get along great......only took less than a week and they are now inseparable.....We love them both......
Click For Replies (2)
Awww...That sounds like how I got my tortie. My cousin found her in a storm drain during the stormy October of 2002. A sister was found a couple of days later and the vet tech adopted the sister. My Cinder-cat has been a wonderful companion for over 8 years.
Some kids at the school where I teach found my Molly with a cookie bag on her head. She was about 4 weeks old. Although she was able to eat on her own, I fed her kitten formula. I figured it would help her bond to me, as she was feral. It worked like a charm. She absolutely adores me although she is what we call the "invisible cat" when family or friends come over. She has become a huge part of my every day.
I've been feeding my tortoise shell cat, I named Picassa, for about 3 years. She's a feral cat, and even when I spend time out front, she's pretty skittish with me. She likes girl humans a bit more. She has, on occasion, let me pet her and brush her. I keep a brush at the ready just in case. I wish she would be less afraid of me.
I found my tortie on Craigslist. She is such a little Queen that I named her after a character that she reminded me of in a book I was reading, Queen Sophie-Anne. She is such a little schemer at times, and loves her little fuzzy green mouse. I am so blessed that she has chosen my family to love.
My Tordie's name is Farrah Pawcett. She is absolutely beautiful, just like Farrah Fawcett. She's my angel, and just like an angel, you don't want to bother her too much. She isn't the friendliest, but she has a heart of gold. My grandson rough handled her. She hissed and spit up a storm and never laid a claw on him. I can't say the same thing for the mouse she brought me yesterday. Lol. Farrah is feral, about three or four months old and very anti-social unless I have food, but I don't care. I love my Tordie.
Click For Replies (1)
My cat Flower looks almost just like your Farrah Pawsett she really is beautiful I just wanted to let you know :D
I rescued my tortoise shell from a shelter. I named her Bree as she is such a little lady. She was just over a year old and was found in an abandoned house with a litter of kittens. She is a solid grey with brown spots scattered over her body. She is so friendly to a point of being excessive. She wakes me up at night wanting attention and talking. I have had to close my bedroom door at night in order to get some sleep. I have had her about a year now and was hoping she would grow out of this as she became more secure with her new home. She loves to talk and it's quite interesting all her different sounds she has for her different wants. I know when I come home from work she will be at the door waiting for me. She is always up for cuddles.
Click For Replies (3)
Teresa Catherine -
My son found my tortie with three other kittens in a creek and they were starving. We took them in and I had to feed her with a syringe and treat her for pneumonia until she recovered. Because her colors remind me of Halloween I named her
Pumpkin. She is the head of the cats in my family. She is like a dog in that she is loyal, follows me around the house wherever I go and answers to her name by coming to me or 'chirping' like a bird. She is very smart and knows I love her.
Hi my name is linda, what a lovely story, your little bree, is just so like my lilly, I also found her, in my garden, lilly we think was a feral kitten and must of came from, the woods nearby' my lilly is also a little lady, and she talks I think they say thank you in their own little way, she has the same colouring as your little one, just amazing when she sits in the sun, her colouring is beautiful, I also have 3 other cats they all love her, and lilly more cuddles every day, I think lilly will always be a little cutie, x
My wife & I adopted two sisters from our local humane society, they are almost a year old. They party all night long, you can hear them chattering all night long, so much for sleep, this goes on every night! They wake my wife and I at 6:00 every morning to eat, have done this since day one! We have two other cats these two by far take the cake! Very cool cats, not for everyone? They are also very beautiful. Enjoy!
We have a 5 yr old tordie named Smokey, she has beautiful blue eyes but a very terrible disposition. She is not the friendliest cat we have ever owned. She does not meow or "talk", she squeaks. The tip of her tail twittches all the time, like she is mad or upset. I sometimes think she is inbred or something, lol lol lol. She difinitely does not act or has the demeaner of most cats. Is this normal behavior for a tordie? She is only loveable when she wants to be petted or loved on. She does not play with toys or anything. She does not like other cats, we had two others, one adult and one kitten and she straight up ran them off. Sometimes I think she hates herself sad to say. We talk to her, try to interract with her and nothing really. She likes the back of the couch, window sill and our bed. She's really a couch potato, lol lol. She is strictly a loner. Any help would be appreciated.
Click For Replies (8)
I have a "loner" tordie. I guess some tordies don't like to be around people very much.
I do own a tortie now for 3 weeks.
She is a half Maine coon and probably half european short haired.
She seems a bit wild and a bit too aggressive towards my other kitten, a half Blue Russian/Half Maine coon.
He is very soft and innocent and she seems furious and pissed off a lot.
After 2 or 3 days they now seem to gel more.
They sleep together a lot and try to wash the other.
She likes to sit or sleep on my lap but keeps distance a lot as well.
He is almost too much in that sense that he wants to wash my face, ears and nose all the time when I am in bed.
With both it happens that I wake up and I'm shocked to see I am having a little one under my body!
Hopefully I wont hurt them......
I was planning to have nest but have been told it wont make "interesting" breed.
Thinking about adding another kitten in the household.
Cheers, Mark, Rotterdam
Susan Jane -
I have a Tortie named Lilly, with stunning leaf green eyes lol. Your cat sounds exactly like mine, she twitches her tail a lot is 5 years old, she does not play with any more toys. I did feel as though she hated me for some reason but then one day she came up to me and wanted hugs and stuff... lol But I think that's normal with most older cats I recently got a new cat and they HATE each other. So it's fine if she doesn't get along with your cats. And she is a MAJOR couch potato. But the best advice I can give you is that when she's dozing off on your window sill. The best thing I do to make my cat purr is baby talk and pet her and kiss her on the head. I really don't have any advice for the other cats because time can only tell but you still need to try to include her. The best thing I would do is treat her like a princess and give her wet food and treats. I hope this helps :3
Linda K. -
My neighbor & i each have a tortie. . . . Hers has more white in her coat and mine much less white. . . . But what you describe is exactly the personality of my neighbor's tortie. Mine "squeaks", but loves to play, is very affectionate (to an annoying point, sometimes), and is incredibly smart in that she's my "watch cat". She even scared off a burglar! She's amazing. She is not angry, does twitch her tail, like my neighbor's tortie, who does the same thing. The neighbor's cat is also rather obese, unlike my jasmine, who is only 5-6 pounds! Hope this helps. It kind of sounds like these cats are gemini's, doesn't it? Linda k.
You say your cat has blue eyes...has your vet checked her hearing? Some blue-eyed cats, more often white ones, are deaf. That could account for her aloofness and the reason she doesn't interact when you talk to her or play with her.
S. Page -
I have a torti (that's an american short hair) and have had her for 3 years. I also have her sister who is an american shorthair as well. My torti is only affectionate with my boys in my house, she will only love up on me when she needs food or water. She will chase my son all over the house just for attention. She is about 5lbs very small. She is very lazy and always seems to have an attitude with the other cats.
julie brown -
I too recently acquired a tortoiseshell, I call her shelly, unfortunately for shelly not only was she heavily pregnant but had to be the most ugliest, scariest (by some) cat anyone had every seen, she hated my other six cats, she is now desexed, her kittens 3 mth old, and excluding one (my 12 yr old male) hates every one of my cats to the stage where she actually attacked two of them. My old male cat is who I use to get all the cats to interact, he allows no fighting, will stand between any that fight, and amazingly tells them off when naughty, my other cats are very wary around her even though she no longer tries to physically attack them. I rotate my 9 cats from inside to outside. if your cat likes the inside keep smokie inside, and the other cat outside, I find I need to have individual time with each of my cats and I never feed them together, I have a feeding mat for each and a different colored bowl for each one. It's amazing how they learn color.
I have had tortoiseshell cats before and found them loyal, will attack anyone who comes near you (worse than a dog)lol.
Christine Godin -
I have a 5 year old Tordie named Miss Mae, she is not the friendliest cat either. She will growl at people coming to visit and if they try to pet her she will attack their hand. One day I came home and someone broke into my apartment she had the man cornered until the police arrived. I love my cat and she is my hero.