Animal Stories - Tortoise Shell Cats

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

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.
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.

Mary Mack - 2009-04-18
I adopted a baby tortie from our shelter. She is very demanding. When she was weeks old, she cmpletely skinned a sratch post. She will cry and slam her body against a closed door. She is obsessed with water and licking, makes me wonder if anyone experienced this with thier cat. She is about 3 years old now and not as crazy as she was when she was a kitten. Her fur is like touching velvet. I wonder if this also something with her breed. Have never owned one before and she is the sweetest thing. I would be interested in finding out more about the breed.

Patricia - 2009-03-13
My female tortie looks almost exactly like the one on the top of this page. She is a real rambunctious character. We got her last summer, a neighbor found her and her sister stuck up in a tree out in the country. One thing I find unusual about her markings is that she seems to have a line of separation down the center of her body.

debbie - 2009-01-31
Enjoyed reading the comments. We just brought a 12 week old, gorgeous-face little tortie girl into our family. We have adopted her from our local Humane Society. She was found as a very young kitten, trying to find food and survive on her own. We have only had her for 6 hours... She needs to integrate with our 11 yr old male, traditional-Applehead Siamese, Max. I'd love to read more comments about their usual behaviour if anyone would like to write more on that subject. We just lost Max's litter-mate sister to cancer, so he has never been alone. We hope he and the tortie will become good buddies!

R. Yates - 2009-01-12
We recently had a tortoise shell kitten that would fetch a toy mouse. She taught us the trick. When it came time to have her spayed, she died from the anesthesia. We were so heart broken that we were fearful of getting another kitten. But we went to the same people and brought home 2 kittens from the same adult cats. One of those kittens being a tortoise shell. We talked about options for neutering and then discovered that our little tortoise shell was a little boy. Males are almost always sterile. The female will be given a different type of anesthesia when she goes to the vet. We will let you know how it goes on that one.

Nancy France - 2009-01-11
My granddaughter found our Tortie outside her work a few months ago. She is now about 4 or 5 months old. "Bella" is beautiful, sweet and loving. I have never seen such a cat as Bella before. She loves to perch on my husbands tummy shelf and sleep, she loves the grandkids to play with her.
Wasilla, Alaska

Libby - 2008-12-31
After owning two exceptionally wonderful tortoise shell cats I don't think I could ever have any other kind. I have one traditional black and red tortoise shell and one dilute lilac and fawn tortoise shell and white. Sweet, sweet girls.