Animal Stories - Tortoise Shell Cats

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Tortoiseshell Cats have a beautiful tapestry of wonderful interweaving colors!
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Tee - 2011-04-02
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!

Tammy - 2011-02-20
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.

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  • Lou Thierwechter - 2011-02-24
    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.
Barb Williston - 2010-11-02
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......

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  • Caitlin - 2011-01-18
    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.
  • Sue - 2011-02-12
    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.
stu - 2011-02-11
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.

Mel Thom - 2011-02-09
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.

Rena Wright - 2011-01-31
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.

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  • Brianne - 2011-02-06
    My cat Flower looks almost just like your Farrah Pawsett she really is beautiful I just wanted to let you know :D
Toni - 2010-10-21
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.

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  • Teresa Catherine - 2010-11-10
    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.
  • lindanimmick - 2010-11-12
    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
  • Michael - 2011-01-29
    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!
J Alcove - 2010-10-30
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.

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  • Michell - 2010-11-23
    J Alcove,
    I have a "loner" tordie. I guess some tordies don't like to be around people very much.
  • purpelaar - 2010-11-29
    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 - 2010-12-02
    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. - 2010-12-11
    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.
  • Laura - 2010-12-11
    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 - 2011-01-15
    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 - 2011-01-24
    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 - 2011-01-26
    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.
Donna - 2010-12-12
I adopted my Tortie about 10 yrs ago,her name is Sas. My Cat loves everybody! She is the coolest cat I have ever had, and I have had a few. She follows me everywhere I go, she is such a lover. She is an inside cat. She is also known as a LAP CAT. My cat is the love of my heart, and my family know it LOL...

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  • richard - 2011-01-14
    I love my cat I had two but recently I had to put one down his kidneys were failing I miss him so much my younger one loves to play with qtips go figure lol.
mk - 2010-04-05

I scratch my tortie in various places, but every time I scratch her well, she hisses at me! What do I do wrong?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-04-08
    She probably just doesn't like being scratched. My tortie attacks me almost everytime I scratch her. Instead to show her affection I just place my hand on her and don't sctatch. She likes that.
  • Mitchell - 2010-04-30
    Some cats just get over stimulated very easily and it sounds like your tortie is one of them. It's just like most young cats don't have the attention span to have a long love session. They tend to be hit and run lovers when they are young almost to the point of being insulting. As they get older, they get more relaxed but some just get overstimulated easily forever. Don't force the issue. Let them know they can come and go as they please. It has to be on their timetable.
  • Marie - 2010-10-13
    Most cats like to be touched and pet gently on top of their heads and just below, on neck. Try petting instead of scratching but remember, very gently.
  • Michell - 2010-11-23
    Some cats don't like to be petted or scratched.