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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stephani - 2010-10-07
I just adopted a female tortoise shell kitten and a red male tabby from the same litter. Both are the friendliest kittens I have ever seen. She has his tabby stripes on her legs and both have 2 stripes of brown exaggerated "eye liner" in exactly the same place on their faces. I handled them since they were one week old and now they're like my 2 little shadows. She is much more curious than her brother and dives in head first to everything, sometimes needing to be rescued.

Manda - 2010-09-25
I have a 9 year old tordie and she is known by most of my friends the "devil cat" lol. She is really nice and sweet most of the time, but giver her space. You can pet her and when she has had enough she bites you! She is my shadow and sleeps with me....I'd be lost with my Moxie!

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  • Marilyn - 2010-10-04
    Mine is 1 year old and she has just started biting. She is a real sweetie most of the time..wakes my husband up when he needs oxygen..amazing cat. Marilyn
mey - 2010-09-23
I have a diluted tortie her name is sheila and as well as all of your beautiful cats she is the cutest most sweetest and loving cat i ever had. She follows me everywhere i go she loves being carried a lot. She has the tortittude i read somewhere else because she gets mad fast but she also forgets fast why she is mad. She does talk a lot and her favorite word at least what i understand i no, lol. She sleeps under my feet since i'm petite she has room comparing to my husband. She loves to come and lay on my stomach every night and when i'm late for work she wakes me up too. She is my baby love and she does have the personality of a dog i think. I'm just to in love with my tortie. She was my birthday present from god and it's true cats do choose the owner they want. She was in our front porch skinny and tiny we decided to take her to the vet and she was healthy but hungry. Don't regret keeping her she makes us happy.

Bettye F. Mouritsen - 2010-09-22
My husband and I got our kitten from a rescue home in the Faroe Islands (part of the Danish Kingdom). She was very small and afraid of any noise, we have had her for 2 months now and she has doubled in size and loves catching flies and small bugs, she tries for birds but isn't quick enough, as she is a tortoise shell cat, we have given her a Færoish female name of Tordis.

karen harris - 2010-09-01
My sis kath has a tortie who was a stray. Our father befriended her, he passed away, and my sister rescued her spade her and she is a grand kit kit - Sparks, Nevada! is her name. She catches mice, gophers, bats.

Kacee - 2010-08-17
I got my cat Sassy when my best friends cat had kittens when I 12 . Sassy is a gray and black long haired tabby. She has been my cat for 13 years. She is a great cat. Very stubborn and sweet and loves to sleep in enclosed spaces. Baskets, and sinks are your favorite. She loves cat nip and treats very much. She will stand up to any cat or dog that looks at her. She can be a BIG scardy cat but is very strong and is full of pride. I love her sooooo much and I will never have another cat like her.

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?!
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.