Animal Stories - Tortoise Shell Cats


Animal-World Information about: Tortoise Shell Cats

Tortoiseshell Cats have a beautiful tapestry of wonderful interweaving colors!
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :-)

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Ashley - 2010-03-07
I got a tortie several months ago and she is wonderful. She is playful, loving and very talkative. She also loves to play w/ bath water. I have been trying to figure out exactly what breed she is. She is long, slender, and she only weighs six pounds, which the vet said she probably won't get any bigger. If anyone has any suggestions of what breed she might be, let me know.

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  • Nancy - 2010-03-26
    Ashley - is your little tortie shorthaired or longhaired? If she's shorthaired, she may be an American domestic shorthair like Ginger, one of my two torties. My husband and I adopted Ginger as a stray when she was only eight months old, and she weighed just six pounds then. She's now 10 years old and only weighs about nine pounds, and she's also very long and slender. And like your tortie, she's very loving - a constant lap cat - and talkative and demands attention, particularly from my husband, who found her and brought her home.
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Lisa - 2010-03-02
I also have a 4 month old torti who loves water; not dripping water but bath running water. She'll put her head under it while running my bath and sit there while I'm in the tub and bat the water around. I also got her brother the same time I got her and I don't know if this has anything to do with her being torti or just personality, but she is very stubborn and independent...

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chrissy - 2009-04-23
Well, I thought my baby Gizmo was a male Calico cat. But as I researched, I think be it might be a male tortoise shell. He is very smart, very playful. I'm still doing a lot of research.

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  • Yasmina\'s Mum - 2010-02-20
    I have a similar cat! In the dark, when she lies next to me, its like touching silk. 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 your cat. 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!
  • ktsue - 2010-02-21
    Is your cat definitely a male, because it's VERY rare for a tortoiseshell or a calico to be a male. I guess it's not impossible, but I've never heard of one. You might have a super unique kitty!
  • Julia Dray - 2010-03-01
    Wow - male torties are incredibly rare, only about 1 in 30,000 torties are male, it's caused by a genetic abnormality. Have you had a vet confirm he's male? They're usually sterile (unable to reproduce). Yes this cat is a tortoiseshell, calico's have white on them too and the tortie part is defined patches rather than mingled orange and brown.
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Rick - 2009-04-29
I also have a little female tortie named Charm. She got that name because of her personality. From the moment of her birth eight weeks ago until now she has always been a special little kitten. When she was old enough to walk and run without stumbling she picked up a habit of wanting to be held when she slept and wanted most to be right up next to my chin or close to my body. She also has what appears to be a very distinct line running right down the middle of her stomach, almost like a dividing line. She looks exactly like the totie in the picture except with kitten features. A very sweet, very precious little kitten that is fast growing up to be a
joy to have around. I've never been a cat person until Charm came along but she and her jet black brother named Bear sure changed that. Bear got his name because he looks so much like a little bear cub. The only problem is, if you don't see his tail you don't know which end is which! I mention him because these two are almost inseperable. They do everything as a pair even to sleeping side by side.

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