Animal Stories - Tortoise Shell Cats

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Tortoiseshell Cats have a beautiful tapestry of wonderful interweaving colors!
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Kristi - 2010-08-10
I got my tortie in 1999 and named her Maggie. She was a rescue kitty. She is so beautiful and she thinks I am her mommy. She sees me off every morning and is waiting at the door when I get home from work.

On the weekends she is more like a Siamese as she is stuck to my body as soon as I sit down. She uses my leg for a pillow and could sleep for hours propped up like this.

Every evening she climbs up on me and lays in my arm like a baby. She looks up at me just like an infant and then she reaches up to me with her little paw and I have to kiss it.

She is so in tune with my feelings. I have never had a cat or another pet quite like Maggie.

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  • val miller - 2010-08-12
    I have a tortoiseshell who is absolutely beautiful. She was abandoned and I took her in and as she warmed up to me she is the sweetest most loving. I have other cats and of course they are also loving but I think my tortie had a tough life before I got her. She will sit on my lap and cuddle for hours and hold my finger with her hand. I have had her since about 2 months old and she is now 6 but is a very small cat so I worry about her yet she is feisty so messing with her is not smart on their part she makes herself known.
Maureen - 2010-07-21
I have had my tortie for 8 yrs.She (Muffin) is the cutest kitty I have ever had.She follows me everywhere. When I am cooking she sits on a chair in the kitchen and just waits for me to be done. She is a bit of a voyeur as well for I can't go to the bathroom or take a shower without her being in the room. She never stops talking, even when she's asleep. She makes little chirps at the birds like they are actually gonna believe she's one of them and come over for a closer look. She wakes my husband up at 5am for him to go to work and wakes me up at 8am so she gets her snacks. She also fetches. It is truly amazing to see. She'll do it over and over again. When it's time for bed I say "Come on Muff time for bed " and she'll get up and follow me to my room and snuggle down next to me. I have had a number of kitties over the yrs but Muffin is the most interesting one ever. I would swear she is a dog in a cat's body .

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  • Rosie - 2010-07-26
    I too have a tortie that thinks she is a dog. She weighs 15 lbs. which I think is too heavy as does the vet. But when I try to ration her food when I put it down she gobbles it up like there is no tomorrow. If I put it in a free style feeder she seems to only eat a little at a time, but I think that's how she gained her weight. I'm not sure what to do any suggestions.
  • Heather - 2010-07-27
    Our cat Snickers does the exact same things! I thought she was the only one to chirp at birds. How funny is that? Every time I try to get it on video, she stops. She must be camera shy. She loves sitting on the side of the shower and follows me around, so curious. She wakes me up about 5am everyday too with her little paw on my face. Aren't they just the cutest things ever?!
Kelly - 2010-06-24
I have 3 two year old tortie's they are all sisters. I love these cats they all have different personalities but all loving. My husband and daughter have developed a cat allergy. I have tried to pretend it wasn't so, but living in Jupiter, Florida with their summer coats falling off every day I can't hide the fact that I have to do something about it. I can't bring them to a shelter, I love them too much. I have to find someone that will love them and appreciate the loving, loyal, and funny cats they have grown to become. I need help, anyone know anyone that might want to love these wonderful cats?

Candy Simon - 2010-06-06
I have had my tortie for 17 years, her name is FeFe Kitty. I had to put her down because she had cancer, fluid in ab and lungs. (doctor said she was a wreck.)She was a wonderful cat. Well trained, loving and always there when I was feeling bad. FeFe did not like it when I was crying, she would put her paw on my forearm and rub her head against me. I loved kissing her face and when she had enough of my kisses, she would put her paw on my cheek to let me know that was enough. FeFe was like a daughter to me, I miss her so much and I hurt so bad. She will be missed.

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  • Catman - 2010-06-23
    Sorry for your loss Candy.
Priscilla Alvord - 2010-03-13
How about a question instead of just a comment?
A very beautiful cat has taken a liking to me. I think he
must need an owner. A lot of kitties are dropped off on our
little island, so we have a lot of feral cats. Fortunately, most of them have been neutered, so the problem can't get too much worse. Many people
put out food for them, but this kitty seems starved for human
affection and I have been chosen.
Is there such a thing as long-haired (very fluffy) tortoise shell? This
kitty is totally grey, but has light brown mixed in from shoulders
to hips. I'd like to know.
Unfortunately, much as he'd like to live in my house, I can't do that
to my husband - he suffers terribly in the presence of dander and
I'm sure there must be LOTS with this kitty.
Awaiting your response -
Priscilla (cat lover)

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  • Dave B - 2010-03-30
    Since tortoise shell is a color pattern, the fluffy cat you describe could very well be a totoise shell of some mixed or pure breed. Since he is so friendly it would be really nice to find him a home.
  • mak - 2010-06-13
    Tortoise shell cats are almost exclusively females. Although males do occur it's very rare, 1 in 3000, and are born sterile.
Angie - 2010-06-01
I have a tortie named Sophie. She and her sister Rose were rescued from a shelter a year ago. She is also very talkative (seems to be a characteristic from what I read here). She is very slim (her sister is a tank by comparison). She is a most lovable cat, she follows me everywhere. I think she is an American Shorthair mix. She has tiny ears and huge eyes that seem to covey a deeper wisdom (at least deeper than what Rose has going on!) Love them both. They are both agents of chaos and make the home a lively place 24/7.

Yolie - 2010-05-28
I have had two torties for 2 1/2 years. They are both around 5 or so - rescued from a bad flood. Iris who I think was a mommy cat is large and has a bad habit of grabbing your head with her nails and is intense on licking your hair. She gets really upset when you have to remove the nails from your scalp and push her away. Lilly is a much smaller cat of 8 pounds who literally throws herself against you. very loving. They are very talkative. You can set a clock by their schedule. Just love them.

Madeleine - 2010-05-26
I have had four torties (two at present) and the three with short hair have been spunky and fey. (Pansy, Lillian Gish, and Maggie). My one longhaired tortie with some Persian features (Blossom) leavened this madness with lap-cat loving behavior and adopted a stray kitten. They are definitely in a league of their own. While Peony (all black) is my all time favorite kitty, as a group the torties reign supreme -- once Pansy killed a rubber glove, removed the fingers, and deposited the parts on my chest as a wake-up gift.

Nat - 2010-04-27
I too have a tortie, she is 4 mths old. She is very lovable, talkative, likes to be around people. Always the center of attention. She follows me everywhere, like a little shadow. Sleeps beside me, or by my feet. She wakes me up every morning at 7 am sharp, so I don't really need an alarm clock. Also, she loves to play with her water caps, and even play fetch (sometimes I think she's a dog) and shoe strings, lots. And even goes to places she is not allowed like when somebody opens the refrigerator she would go in. Just adore her.

Yasmina\'s Staff - 2010-04-02
I have a lovely female toroise shell cat. She's a very 'human-loving' cat (definitely prefers humans to other cats and animals). She thinks she's my baby; she sleeps next to my head on the pillow and when she was a kitten she used to sniff behind my ear and bury her head in my hair whilst drooling and making suckling sounds (as if she's trying to get milk from her mummy! She's kept the habit although she's 3 but she doesn't do it as often). She was obssessed with water and it held a fascination for her for a very long time. I used to always find her in the kitchen or bathroom sink trying to catch the water drops as they dripped into the sink! She's adorable, and sounds very much like she has "tortitude"! She's also quite talkative and a delicate precious little princess, so we've called her Princess Mademoiselle Yasmina for her lady-like and delicate ways!...
I've read that Tortitude (Tortoise Shell Attitude) stands for: very independent, talkative, playful, and unpredictable (sometimes even crazy) - that's definitely my Yasmina :-)