The tortoiseshell cat is black and orange, in a mottled pattern. Today we’ll take a look at what you can tell about a tortoiseshell kitten from their color. We’ll look at breed traits, characteristics, personality and behaviors. Helping you to decide whether a tortoiseshell cat is the perfect fit for your family, home and lifestyle.
- Tortoiseshell vs calico cats
- Dilute coats
- The mystery of males
- Tortoiseshell cat breeds
- Brilliant behaviors
Check out these 33 amazing tortoiseshell cat facts! Get to know the truth behind your favorite cat pattern, and find out why so many people want tortoiseshell kittens. Because there is more to the tortie cat than meets the eye.
It’s always surprised me that the tortie doesn’t get more press or screen time. They look like someone has had an incredibly creative moment with a couple of halloween themed colors. And although they are unusual, they aren’t so rare that you wouldn’t be able to find one in a hurry.
This pattern of kitty is so remarkable that I remember each one I encounter very fondly. Famed for their sassy attitude, I’ve found them to be anything but. Charming, sweet and with an intense gaze you don’t often find in a feline.
1. Tortoiseshell vs Calico
Although people are not always aware of the differences, the tortoiseshell calico cat and the tortoiseshell are actually two different types of cat. Calico is the term used to describe a tricolored or patched coloration that includes white. In other words, the cat has a random pattern of black, orange and white patches.
Tortoiseshell cat coats have a random pattern of two colors – one based on black, and one based on red. The patches can be small, giving a ‘salt and pepper’ appearance, or they can be big and splodgy.
Although basic black tortoiseshell cat colors are usually red and black, they can vary, with some Tortie cats boasting yellow or cream instead of red, and chocolate or grey instead of black. Just to add even more variation, one or both of the colors can be tabby. Another type of tortie cat is the dilute tortie.
2. Dilute Tortoiseshells
Most torties are red and black, also known as black tortoiseshells. But some have muted colors. Instead of bold and striking patches of color, their coats have softer, pastel colors. Rather than red and black, dilute tortoiseshells have orange and grey patches, yellow and chocolate, or other subtle color variations that make torties so unique.
These dilute color kitties are still tortoiseshell cats, but their genes have a mutation that leads to the muted colors. Blue and cream tortoiseshells are a common combination that you might see, and this type of feline is often called a blue tortoiseshell cat. Here, the blue does not really refer to blue, but to a blue-gray color.
3. Tortoiseshells Can Have White Patches
Just to make things a little more complicated, tortoiseshell kittens can have white bibs, tummies and paws, and still be tortoiseshell. These cats are officially described as “tortoiseshell with white trim”.
The difference between them and calico cats are that their white areas aren’t scattered over the body at random – they are neatly organised, and caused by different genes.
4. White Tortoiseshells are the Official Cat of Maryland!
You heard us right! The calico or white tortoiseshell cat is the official cat of Maryland. The state cat became official on October 1, 2001. The feline shares the same color pattern as the oriole, the state’s official bird, so the calico was the obvious choice.
5. There Is No Individual Tortoiseshell Cat Breed
Many people don’t know this, but there is no tortoiseshell breed. We call them torties, and most of us know one, but they don’t form a breed. What’s going on? The tortoiseshell coloring is a variation seen in many different breeds of cat, and it is caused by simple genetics.
The variation is caused by x-linked genes and is called a mosaic expression. While it appears complicated, the term ‘expression’ means that only one x-linked gene for hair color is expressed in each cell. This results in the mixed or patched coloring depending on which gene is left “on” in each cell. Let’s explain this a little further.
Cats, like humans, have sex chromosomes. A female has two X chromosomes in each cell, which we call XX. Males have only one X chromosome and a Y chromosome, XY.
In cats, the X chromosome contains lots of other information, including instructions about coat coloring. Because female cats have two X chromosomes, they receive two sets of instructions (genes) for coat color in each cell. In tortoiseshell cats, these instructions don’t match because they’ve got one gene for orange fur and one gene for black fur.
Now it gets amazing – during an unborn kitten’s earliest development, one X chromosome in every single cell deactivates. This process is known as lyonization, and the X chromosome which deactivates is completely random in each cell. So, some skin cells retain the instruction for orange fur, and others keep the instruction for black fur. So, a tortoiseshell pattern emerges!
6. Most Tortoiseshell Cats are Female
Because this color is linked to the X chromosome, almost all torties are female.
7. … But You Can Get Males Occasionally!
Are all tortoiseshell cats female? No, there are actually some male tortoiseshell felines. However, they are not very common.
Since the color pattern requires two x chromosomes, only male cats with an XX-Y gene mutation will appear to be tortoiseshell. This means that the cat can have the different color genes on each chromosome, but the male cat will have some other issues.
8. Male Tortoiseshell Cats Are Usually Sterile
Male tortoiseshell cats, with XXY chromosomes, are relatively healthy in most ways and can live a long and healthy life. However, a male tortoiseshell cat is sterile due to the abnormal number and pattern of the chromosomes in the cellular DNA.
Approximately 1 in 3,000 (0.033%) of male cats have this condition, and their cells can undergo the same X-inactivation process as females. XXY males are invariably sterile and will remain rare.
9. This Sterility Can Be Seen In Humans!
The unique chromosomal pattern of the male tortoiseshell is sometimes seen in human males, too. The condition is called Klinefelter syndrome in humans and leads to a significant reduction in testosterone.
The lower testosterone levels often lead to a quiet, calm, and sensitive personality, and you may just see these same characteristics in your male feline. So, a male tortoiseshell may be the gentle and loving companion you are looking for. Of course, you have to find one first!
10. Fertile Male Torties Are Rare, But They Do Exist!
Traditional male torties are sterile, but a relatively old study from the 1980s revealed that this is not always true. Scientists found two fertile Burmese tortoiseshell tabby cats in the United States. The cats did not have two X chromosomes, but the regular XY patterning seen in most male cats.
Researchers concluded that their tortoiseshell coloring was caused by the instability of certain genes linked to hair color. In other words, the orange hair genes randomly turned off in some cells and produced the tortoiseshell appearance.
Whether male or female, hair length is something else that owners look for. Some like cats with short hair, while other are fanatics for long haired cats. Luckily, the torti cat coats come in all lengths.
11. Tortoiseshell Cat Hair Can Vary In Length
Tortoiseshell kittens come in both long and short hair varieties. Whether you want a long haired tortie kitten with a luscious coat, or a short and easy to maintain version, you’ll find the right cat to suit you.
If you searched hard you could even find a tortoiseshell Persian cat or a tortoiseshell Siamese mix. Look at your local animal rescue facilities and breeders, and you might be surprised what you can find.
12. Tortoiseshell Cat Color Isn’t Connected to Health
If you are concerned about tortoiseshell cat health problems, then don’t worry. Since the torties are not a specific breed, there are no health issues associated directly with the cats.
However, you should be concerned about general health issues and remember that if, for example, you have a Persian torti cat, you’ll need to look out for the health problems associated with Persians. As always, when looking for a tortie, look out for the general cat health. According to an extensive Finnish study, the most common feline ailments involve the mouth, kidneys, and skin.
13. Tortoiseshell Cat Lifespan Depends Upon Breed
Again, because tortoiseshell doesn’t mean a particular breed, their lifespan can vary. If you know that your tortie belongs to a specific breed, such as a Ragdoll, American Shorthair or Cornish Rex, then look at the lifespan for that cat. If you are not sure, you can look at the average feline lifespan to determine the tortoiseshell cat lifespan.
According to a UK study that looked at the longevity and mortality of over 100,000 cats, the average lifespan was found to be 14 years. Crossbred or mixed breed cats live longer, so you do not have to go searching for a purebred if you want a lifelong companion.
14. Some People Think Tortoiseshell Cats Are Lucky!
According to some traditional folklore, the white, or calico tortoiseshell cat brings good luck. For this reason, the people in the United States often call them “money cats.’
15. Others Believe That Torties Are Mystical!
Not only are torties considered good luck charms, but they may just ward off ghosts and evil spirits according to Japanese culture. In fact, the people of Japan sometimes kept these cats on their boats to protect themselves while out on the water.
16. One Tortie Lived to 21 Years Old!
Marzipan, one of the most famous torties in the world, was a white tortoiseshell cat living in Melbourne, Australia. This feline, who lived to be 21, enjoyed her life in the Astor Theatre and welcomed guests who arrived to watch movies in the cinema. She isn’t the only famous tortoiseshell cat. The Japanese went one better!
17. The Station Master Cat
Tama, a working cat in Japan is also a white tortoiseshell tabby cat. This impressive feline was the station master for the Kishi Station on the Kishigawa Line in Kinokawa, Wakayama. Her job was to meet passengers and she was paid with cat food.
This tortoiseshell station master even wore her own hat and neck badge to signify her position. Like many of our beloved torties, she had a larger-than-life personality!
18. Tortoiseshell Cat Personality Varies
The tortoiseshell personality varies, simply because they can be from a range of breeds. As a result, they most often show the personality and temperament common to that breed.
However, many people claim that the tortie has its own unique personality that makes them very demanding. They are the divas of the feline world. For this reason, tortie lovers refer to this personality as “tortitude.” Although most studies have shown no special personality traits linked to torties, some studies and many owners disagree!
19. But There Could Be A Tortie Attitude!
Tortitude may actually be a real thing, according to a study conducted by the University of California. According to the study, tortoiseshell and calico cat owners described their cats as stubborn and strong-willed in the vast majority of cases.
All very interesting and we are sure that many of you agree. The owners in the study also suggested that their tortie cat was full of energy and mischief.
20. Tortoiseshells Could be Energetic
Many people also associate high energy levels with tortoiseshell cat behavior or tortitude.
Is this true? We don’t know, but just in case, make sure that you have plenty of toys lying around. You may want to keep your feline active and happy.
21. The Word ‘Tortoiseshell’ Could Come From Turtles, Not Tortoises…
Some people are confused by the term tortoiseshell, because a tortoise’s shell is often a fairly uniform dark brown or green color, with little color variation.
However, the hawksbill sea turtle boasts a much more varied shell color, with rich tones of brown and orange.Why, then, do we call these cats tortoiseshells and not turtleshells? Surprisingly, the answer lies in the world of jewelry.
Yes, you heard us right! The old fashioned ‘tortoiseshell’ jewelry wasn’t made from tortoises but from turtle shells. The term, tortoiseshell, actually comes from this jewelry, because it resembles the tortie’s coat.
22. Mitt Brushes are Great for Long Haired Torties
Mitt brushes or grooming gloves are often useful for grooming a feisty long haired tortoiseshell cat. Perhaps she has tortitude and doesn’t like being brushed.
These gloves can help you to brush your feline with gentle strokes, and she will not even know that you are brushing her.
23. A Tortoiseshell Tabby is Called a Torbie
Sometimes, tortoiseshell cats can have tabby patterns in one or both colors. A gray tortoiseshell cat or a tortoiseshell tabby cat, called a torbie, can sometimes have a unique color pattern called mackerel.
This unique name refers to the narrow and solid stripes that run vertically down the body of a tabby. The mackerel pattern makes the feline look like a tiger cat, but the term mackerel suggests the appearance of a mackerel fish.
So, if you see this sort of pattern on a tortie, then you have a mackerel torbie. Torbies are just another wonderful tortie variation, but can you breed tortoiseshells?
24. Tortoiseshell colors are genetic
If you want a specific tortoiseshell pattern, then you can breed for the pattern and color.
Color combinations do depend on genetics and they are not guaranteed, but you are much more like to see a tortoiseshell kitten if you breed with a tortoiseshell mother. Breeding a tortie with black and red males increases the chances of ending up with tortie kittens in the litter.
Red males will often produce felines with more of a red color, while black ones will often produce a black tortoiseshell cat. Talking of color – did you know that some tortoiseshell cats appear to be one color? Neither did we!
25. Some Tortoiseshell Cats Appear to be One Color
Some tortoiseshell cats look like they have a solid color, even if the mother is a tortie. If you cannot tell if your feline is a tortie kitten, then inspect the back of your cat to look for hair color variation.
There are more hair follicles on the back of a feline than anywhere else, so it may be easier to see bits of orange, black, or white in this area.
26. Muted Tortoiseshells can be Described as Brindle
Felines, like the muted tortoiseshell cat, are sometimes referred to as brindle. Brindle is a brown, tawny, or a light hair color with streaks of other colors mixed in. Since brindle is most often used to describe the color of a dog, tortoiseshell is a more apt description. However, you might want to use the term brindle to describe the pattern of different colors in your tortoiseshell.
I think we have talked about color a lot, so for those of you still not convinced by tortoiseshells, what about their personality?
27. Breed has more Influence on Personality than the Tortie Color
If you are looking for a specific tortoiseshell kitten personality, then you should investigate the different cat breeds. For example, Ragdoll, Persian, and Siamese cats are typically quite affectionate and make great companions.
You can then ask a breeder to let you know when a tortie kitten is born with the distinct tortoiseshell coloring. We’re almost at the end. Why don’t we take a break from cats and talk about beautiful butterflies?
28. There is a Tortoiseshell Butterfly!
The term tortoiseshell is not only used to describe jewelry and felines. There is actually a tortoiseshell butterfly as well.
The Aglais urticae is called the small tortoiseshell and features orange and black wings with yellow and black stripes on the top. A small patch of white is found on the tips of the wings. They are stunning butterflies and well worthy of the name. Talking of names, tortie owners come up with some great names for their cats.
29. Tortoiseshell Cats can Inspire Amazing Names
Tortoiseshells often have unique names like Isis, Nubia, or Nefertiti.
These traditional Egyptian names are perfect for the cats, because tortoiseshells can be traced back to the Egyptians. If you have any cool tortoiseshell kitten naming ideas, let us know in the comments.
30. The Tortoiseshell Goddess
Did you know that some people in South East Asia believe that the first tortoiseshell cat had a divine origin. She emerged from the blood of a goddess born from a lotus flower.
That really is one of our favorite stories about the origins of torti cats!
31. Tortoiseshells as a Love Charm
Another great myth about tortie cats says that, if you dream of a tortoiseshell cat, you are destined to be lucky in love. Who knows? Maybe it will work for some of you!
32. Fortune Telling Tortoiseshells
One final myth, although we have no idea where it comes from, is that tortoiseshells are able to see into the future. Even better, they can pass this gift on to a child in the household. Although most of these myths probably are not true, we don’t care because we adore our tortoiseshell cats all the same!
33. Some Breeds have Tortie Points
In some cats, their nose, ear and paws are a different color from the rest of their fur. This color pattern is known as pointed. Its probably best known in the siamese cat. Points can come in a range of different colors, from blue grey to seal, to deep chocolate. But did you know that you can also get cats with tortie points? They include the tortie point Siamese. And they are incredibly pretty!
34. WE LOVE TORTOISESHELL CATS!
Tortoiseshell cats are one of the most beautiful patterns around, and are simply wonderful cats!
Our favorite tortoiseshell cats are actually unique felines with brilliant color patterns, unique personalities, and a rich history. Few other types of cat collect so many myths and old wives’ tales.
If you are looking for that unique kitty in your life with a bit of attitude (or “tortitude”), then go ahead and find a tortie at your local animal shelter or breeder. Not only can you find a cat with beautiful colors, you can find ones with long coats or short coats, or find a Persian or British Shorthair tortie. Few other cats come in such a range of colors and personalities.
Do you have a tortie of your own that you love, or do you have a feline with a unique tortoiseshell color pattern? Let us know in the comments below.
Ms M Till says
We have been fortunate to have had two torties who agreed to share our home. Unfortunately our last one left for the Rainbow Bridge in 2015 aged 25 years.
I couldn’t be happier to hear that yours thrived for an amazing 25 years. My Sophia is 14 and my stomach dropped when I read here that 14 is a typical life span. She isn’t quite as spry as she once was but still full of life. And I’m curious if any of yours are big talkers? I’ve always had cats, although she is my first tortie, and I’ve never heard so many different sounds come out of a felines mouth. I swear sometimes she even barks at me! Absolutely precious! Thank you for your comments. You’ve given me hope for many more years with my baby girl
We just got our torti from the shelter. She is now 6 months old and at first didn’t want anything to do with our male cat, NOW she jumps on him and the wrestle and he will hold her down and give her a bath.
Very independent, hold her on her terms. Very squeaky high pitched talker.
Her name is Camo because she blends into everything!!!
Love this kitten!!!
joe rogers says
i have a tortie named Sophia that is 2 years old and and a rescue kitty. She too is a big talker. She also is always attacking my hands and is a little skittish. Are you aware of any ways of correcting these.
carrie sinclair says
my maggie is a tortie… i quite by accident discovered she hated smell of cedar oil… i couldn’t stop her from attacking my hands & ankels… so i rub some on in the morning… mow we can play hide & seek… chase each other… hut she won’t attack my hands & ankels… im so happy… it was quiet a priblem
Jeannie A. Johnson says
I also have a approx 2 year old torti. Her name is Maggi too. Actually it is short for Her Little Majesty. She is adorable, but it’s weird she doesn’t purr?
Roger Sargent says
My Tortie is 10yrs old.
Her name is
Great loving kitty.
I just got a tortie kitten 12 weeks old and she attacks my hands all the time. When she is put in the spare room and ready to come back out meows loud, but when out and content she chatters or makes almost a cooing sound I’ve never heard a cat make noise like that before and she purrs super loud. Thinking of naming her Tootie after reading this website or I was going to name her Tippy she has a tip of orange on one of her ears so small you can barely see it and a tri colored tip on her tail, I also noticed all of the pads on all her feet are colored in all different colors which I’ve never seen before. Oh yea and also tons of energy she never sleeps and at 12 weeks old she should be sleeping quite a bit. She is my first Tortie.
August of 2020 we had a stray show up that was very timid but curious, little did I know my SIL said it was a tortie cat and explained that they were rare.She had a litter of kittens (only3) we managed to save one from our puppies ( that’s a whole different story!) we gave the kitten to a niece for her birthday . Soon we had out kitty spayed and now lives being an inside cat.. I finally read up on this breed and everything about this breed is right on the money!! We are enjoying her , even when she princes in my toes at night under the covers or decided to bite in the middle if me petting her.
Debra S Rheuark says
My dilute Tortishell came tome at three weeks old. Her feral mother abandoned her. Agatha Christie is nine days away from her 14th birthday. Agatha was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer on 01 July. The veterinarians who have providing care to Agatha are amazed that she is still alive, eating and drinking well, using litter box and being very feisty.
Fred Rayner says
They can live a very long time if born to a siamese mother my girl is at least 23 maybe older, she has outlived our memories of when we got her. All we can remember is we went to a reo speedwagon concert in Janis landings same night we got her and they played there a few times in the mid to late 90’s! She was a runt barely fit in your palm and had to be fed with a 10cc diabetic needle back, now she is a very fat cat who is still healthy, way to healthy, but just as pretty as she was at the last century. Those little legs have a hard time but she still manages so good luck with your may she live as long as our Mocha has.
Sherri A Coons says
Our cat Petunia was definitely siamese somewhere in there! She was tall and slim like the siamese but what really clinched it was her “Get back here, I’m not done with you” meow! We lost her about 3 weeks ago at age 15 and still miss her! Her tortie coloring was beautiful! I wish I could post a.picture of her here! Tall, long legs, extra long tail it seems, short fur and the.prettiest tortie coloring I have seen! We miss her dreadfully sometimes! Thankfully a kitten needed to be rescued from a local tree and we adopted him who h has taken some of the pain away! He is a Maine Coon and we love him!
I’m so tickled pink to hear that with the Siamese factor added means that my gorgeous -inside and out-
Torrie MEMEW or Mimi, will be with me many years beyond the 10 we’ve shared so far
Mine is 17 and still going strong
Much later, February 8, 2023
Two weeks ago I lost Imari after almost 20 years–a beautiful torti and white. Her predecessor Rima, also torti and white, lived till 22, so yes, Deborah, yours should be with you for more years. Still trying to adjust–she was a wonderful cat.
Yes my tirties talk Say Hello ,grandma. No no no Momma out side I love you no kidding it’s crazy mime came open the door let herself out she’s having babies I just found out ,I’m so excited althou 8 will have her fix beings she loves out side
I have a 10-year-old Tortie, who talks nonstop! She feels the need to say ALL THE THINGS, every day. And has quite an amazing array of vocals. My other cats, although very affectionate, don’t chat non-stop, like she does!
Tracy hewitt says
I have always had torties my first beautiful little lady lived until the age of 25 my second sadly left us at only three due to an undiagnosed heart condition i now have my wonderful little lottie she is one year old and we call her our naughty tortie these are beautiful cats indeed my first tortie was called pickles and our second little darling was named pippa its hard to lose our faithful little furbabies
We adopted “Pippy” from our local humane society 3 months ago. She is not nice to our sweet older kitty, but we are hoping with plenty of love, space & time she will come round. She is a playful lovebug to me & my husband. I just think she lacked socialization as a kitten. Not sure how old she is.. Maybe 8… She’s super pretty, medium length hair, long eye brows! Crazy cute..
Zoe E says
Sweet! My family had a old, kinda mean, tort named Pebbles, she was my grandmother’s best friend, she died at 26 years old, we now have a tort named named smudge, she’s as old as me!
Laura Spence says
That’s amazing! My baby girl Izzy is the light in my life. I found her at my vet and immediately she started talking to me loudly. 5 years later she still talks and is the most loving devoted cat. She prefers me. Torti’s are a trip. She’s so different. Definitely has attitude and never backs down against the other animals. She is tiny with long legs and a half face. I can’t imagine my life without her
JACQUELINE GARNER says
How awesome! I’m tickle to see another Izzy. The name just fit for my 5 month old Torti. She’s the sweetest, most curious cat I’ve ever had. But such a stinker with attitude. She loves high places, and has her own mind. When she wants to do something there is no changing her focus, she just moves around you.
I got a kick out of her when I brought her home (rescue), when she came here I thought I’d made the biggest mistake in the world. My Autralian Shepard (Tucker) wanted to get at her and my (Willow) hissed and growled. About 5 days later, Izzy was attacking Willow, and then chasing the dog around the house. She took over quick. Now she’s best friends with Tucker. She just plops right down by him, rolls over and he’ll lick her. She and Willow are still working on it. Wishing a long life for your Izzy!
Izzy is my nickname. i am happy to hear to hear that this name is used with cats and some dogs. I own a female torieshell cay. My son named her SHelly. She is my 1st tortieshell and hopefully not my last. Her mother was a siamese. She will be 1 year old in May. I also have a grey boy cat. His name is Sporran. A sporran is the man purse on a mans kilt.
Thanks for sharing.
How cute. My daughter adopted a torrid name Iddles from the humane society. She was a companion cat to an older gentleman. She is such a joy. Everyone that meets her loves her
Catherine Davino says
My beautiful tortie is called Tigerlily. ..I’ve had her since a kitten when my youngest daughter rescued her from under a car at her fiancée’s home nearly nine years ago. She is feisty…very possessive of me and lovves to be entertained! Everyone that meets her falls in love with her..she is very sociable! She is my constant companion.
Juliette Fister says
My torrie is named Spice. I rescued her mother and siblings over 8 years ago. Never having a torrie I kept her and am so happy I did. She is affectionate, playful and very attached to me. The interesting thing about her is that she is starting to turn white in the face, paws and tail.
My Manx tortoise kitty Taffy lived to be 19 years of age. She was very active right up until the morning she lost her life!
Marci Sahmidt says
I saw my beautiful girl in a cage on adoption day at the pet shop… it was love at first sight and I held my breath until i could get close enough to take her in my arms…she buried her face ( that lovely tortie face)in my hand and purred loudly! That was it! 2 minutes! I shouted “ this is my cat”!!!! I held my breath until the paperwork was done. Amen! She had an Egyptian name but, for some reason, I looked at her and called her Lucy! So, Lucy it is! Quiet, gentle, affectionate and sweet. Her”brother” is a magnificent, beautiful black Bombay. She puts up with him😻
Lynn Deloyd says
I adopted my first tortie, she’s 6 months old, I too named her Lucy. She’s so curious, confident, and bossy. She wrestles with my chihuahua, Chica, and will grab Chica’s leash in her mouth and walk her, she hides around corners waiting to ambush Chica, sneak attacks her, runs and jumps on Chica’s back, wrapping her arms around her neck, and rides her til she falls off. I taught her no biting, I never let her use my hands as toys. She trained me that when she’s hungry she’ll jump up and bite my arm like a sniper to ask for food. She is a real character! She isn’t very vocal. She’s super affectionate, on her terms of course.
I just adopted. 8 yo Torbie with white belly and paws. She is gorgeous and very calm and loving. She was in a shelter for 9 months. The minute I put my hand in the cage she put her face in it and that was it. She is mine. Her name is Peyton. She has gorgeous black and red body with white. She has the tabby stripes in her back that is red and black. Very pretty and loving cat.
I had a beautiful torti named Lucy too. She’s the most affectionate cat I’ve had. She is missing. She’s been gone about 2weeks and I’m devistated. I’ve put up posters with rewards and talked to people all around. I miss her so much. She is the. Princess in this house. I have 2e kitties and 2dogs and she does well with all of them.
My first tort her name was Pumpkin at almost 10 yrs old i had to surender her unfortunately she got hurt outside and her leg got infected but i didnt know right away because he was hiding under a neighbors house. By the time i new about it her leg needed to be amputated and i didnt have the money to pay for it i didnt even have a car because it was totaled after hitting a dear and was staying at my in laws so i could get back and forth to work so a friend had to surender her for me. My second one Chole went missing but I own her daughter Autumn and I have a duluted one I named Cloud all were very loving and affectionate
well pumpkin was after she warmed up to me but it did take a long time due to the first 4 to 5 months of her life before me.
Mikaelah beamer says
I surprisingly found my tortie in my mothers driveway she is now between 5-6 months of age and we chose Luna-mia
I just got my first Torrie in November from the shelter. Tortitude is a real thing. My little girl is such a diva a talker and has so much energy. I named her Kameko. It fits. She is so special but watch out…I think she’s in charge not me!
I am unsure how old my baby girl is as she was a rescue cat. I have had her for 6 years now and she is my Princess and defo a Diva!!! Her name is Loopy because she is crackers!!! She is chocolate brown and orange and beautiful ❤️❤️❤️
My tortie passed away at 21 years and my parents was 24 when she went over the rainbow bridge.
I have 2torties and a calico all very high energy and very mischievous ?
My beautiful Coco was a tortie. I saw her at 2 weeks old at the rspca. I’d gone to ‘just visit’. Whilst talking to the receptionist I could hear her squeaking from a box. The more I talked the louder her squeak until she popped her head out of the box. Love at first sight. They didn’t think she would survive being so young without her mother. We had the most wonderful 21 years together. Sadly I lost her in November. I’m so totally heartbroken.
aw that is the cutest story I’ve heard! I too have a tortie named Coco! She is about to turn 3 this year. I agree, for me and her, it was love at first sight too.
I am sorry to hear about your loss. That is wonderful that you had her for 21 happy years!
Winifred Richardson says
I have a sweet girl names Coco too! I adopted her this past January from Petsmart. She’s 5 years old. Quite a character, I’ve never had a Tortie before and she is a total lap cat and follows me around like a dog. Love her to bits!
Donna Gibbs says
We have a tourti. Her name is Trouble. We found her under a bush in our front yard. We thought it was a bird chirping. She was about 10 days old. We love her even though she can be a bit much. But who wouldn’t without a mother. We couldn’t live without her!
Kim Pettigrass says
I have 2 torties. A mother & daughter. They r the light if my life. The baby is crazy & the mom is real laid back. Complete opposites!
My tortise shell October lived over 17 years, my other one, Neo, is 16 and still going strong
my Tortie is a little over 15. Her name is Gracie.She was advertised on our Neighborhood Watch program on Computer…to give away..Seems the owner was a lady that had to be put in a nursing home..and her adult children already had three cats, and the mom had three of which I got the Tortie..They brought her over to my house…with the carrier..they could not keep her either.
First thing I did was take her to my vet and have her checked over..That was a big cost as she had a very serious UTI…She also has a little kidney infection. So she gets special crunchies and wet canned food, and also her treats are special..So far, not counting the foodies, she cost me over 1200 bucks to get her nice and well…AND………….it was worth it..I can’t imagine the pain that little girl went through all the time not being taken to the vet..I have her records and she was born in 2007. The records show she got spayed and had the first shots..later she got chipped..So at least she is chipped..The records show no more vet visits all these years…that are written down, that is..Anyway…I already have three cats..they are from the same family and also they are chipped, neutered two and spayed the female. They are ten years old..The two big males are mad I have Gracie and refuse to come into the house except to look around and hiss and want out again..ha..I am really upset about that as they USED to come in during the evening and get on my lap to be brushed, but no more..I have to go outside on the deck where they are and give them a brushing and feed them. They will change their minds, I hope, in the cold weather..the thing is, tho, the one cat, sprays in a few places when he is upset and in the house so I have to put down things to catch it on. Luckily, I do not have much company, and can have the cardboard up with little blankets on it to catch the urine before it rolls down onto my rug..ha ha It does not snow here much lots of rain…I have a nice covered shed they can sleep in as I am going to make a nice warm place for them if they refuse to come in..we shall see…thank you, glo
L ryallthurlow says
Our naught tortie is just a wonder to us! Pure mischief wrapped up in a multitude of lovely colours.. she has a complete half & half coloured face, very unique facial markings..
Marge Pfeiffer says
My cat is named Miss Phantom and her nickname is Miss P. Her face looks as though someone put a ruler in center and divided it. She is eight years old.m
I love tortoiseshell cats. My fav is a Russian blue tortoise name Julia which I found on Instagram. She is so beautiful and does have tortitude. I do have my own tortoiseshell cat which is a saimese mix. I found her at the animal shelter and needed a cat to control the mice problem. I fell in love with her since and she is a constant comfort for me. So special with lots of tortitude.
Hi! And did she? Help you with the mice problem. Finding ourselves in the same situation! Would really appreciate your response. Thanks!
JACQUELINE GARNER says
My cat is 5 months old and can sit near our refrigerator for hours. She either hears the water line to the icemaker and thinks its a mouse, or we have a mouse or chipmunk. A chipmonk was seen in the garage, so I’m not sure. She is fast too. My other cat could care less and she is an all white American cat.
We have two tortie sisters, Minnie and Ava. They are both very affectionate and laid back. Maybe a little tortitude now and then, but so sweet and cuddly most of the time. They will be three years old in July. They also have two step sisters, Ember and Luna (short for lunatic). Ember( 3 years old) is a Tabby and Luna (6 months old) is an energetic and fiesty black cat with some stray white hairs throughout. We love them all so much.
Mary Jo says
We have a tiny little tortie named Wendy. She is in charge of 3 other cats and 2 Newfoundlands. She has no fear. I love this little girl. Her face is flat and the coloring splits across it. I think she’s going to be one of those tiny cats.
We just adopted a female tortie 4 years old. We love her! Follows us everywhere and so loving! She’s a great addition to our family.
Fiona Sandilands says
I have a lovely tortoiseshell calico called Puzzle. She doesn’t do much except sleep and eat but she is so beautiful and affectionate it is a joy to have her around. Sometime she flares up and even threatens to bite me if she is stroked where she doesn’t want to be.
My McKenzie (calico) crossed the rainbow bridge this yr. Now we have Izzy who is a tortie 3 monthes old. So entertaining and full of energy. She has cuddly moments too. We love her!!!
My husband and I adopted our beautiful tortishell named Giya from a shelter a year and a half ago She is 3yrs old and is very special,and spoiled rotten. She has been the best cat since we had her. She is a indoor cat. We love her very much.
Karen Knox says
I adopted my Luna who is a tortoise shell kitty from a friend. She was 9 years old and I loved her immediately. She’s been with me almost 4 years and full of spunk. She definitely rules the roost!
My tortie name is Sophia !! She is my first cat… She picked me @ the animal shelter ..She was 7 months. Now, 2 1/2 yrs. later. She is my furry soulmate. I just love her. I would not know life without her ..She is super unique in every way …
My Tortie is COOKIE, and when I saw her on the spca website I fell in love instantly and when I went to adopt her we were fast friends. She definitely has tortitude but is so loving and affectionate. I constantly say she is the best baby ever!
I’ve had 3 Tortie’s all who have had their own very special & unique personality. The 1st 2 Terra & Harley lived long lives. The 1 I have now Joy Anne is 8 years old & was named Joy because she is such a happy playful kitty! All of them have had personalities where they were into everything. Meaning even more so than other cat breeds I’ve owned. 2 of my Tortie’s have also been tempted even when older to eat anything they find on the floor! Rubber bands, ribbon, paper, caps, you name it! So I try to make sure nothing that falls stays on the floor if its not kitty friendly.
Linda Metcalfe says
My tortie Trouble is 13 yrs old. She talks to us every night as she carries her toy mouse into the bedroom and drops it by the bed. I can pick up that toy and put it in the toy basket and she will find it. ❤️❤️❤️
Kitty Cat says
My Tortie CleoCatra (has orange coloring on the left side of her face and black coloring on the right side of her face) also makes her “hunting” sounds to announce she is delivering to me her ‘mousie’ or ball and drops it, to then hear the praises of what a wonderful gift she has brought me. She also likes to lead me down the hallway in the morning from the bedroom as if she is directing me and showing the way, and then always flips over onto her back exposing her belly at the same exact spot every day. She races to get in place every morning for this ritual. She has three other cats in the household and she can hold her own if needs to be. She loves to be picked up and held and sleeps next to me every night. She has also occasionally appeared to be fetching the ball as when threw it, she would bring it part way back again.
Nancy Mabe says
I lost my best friend, my little tortie a month ago. She was 20 yrs old. Her name was Darla. We shared so much together. Towards the end she hardly let me out of her sight. This worked well because I’m retired and live alone. This little angel was so sweet. I miss her terribly.
I lost my torti less than 2 weeks ago. She was 20. Her birthday was May6 I miss her so much.
LaTrelle Pevey says
My Shorkie breed dog and We just adopted a Torkie. He is 21 mo and she is 3 yrs. they both weigh 7 lbs and she is also a munchkin with short hair. Does anyone know what other breed she could be. Oh yea…big time tortitude!!! We just fell in love with her!!!
I currently fostering 3 calicos and a tortie. They are sweet energetic. Their mother belongs to a neighbor who no longer wants her. The mother brought her four babies to my front door nearly three weeks ago as feral kittens. They are now nearly ready for adoption.
Ms Debra says
I just got a beautiful Tortie from the SPCA. I named her STARR….and she is a Beautiful STARR…. She is so sweet, affectionate and laid back. She loves to cuddley, hug, purr and talk to me. I love her sooo much. She sleeps a lot and is very observant and inquisitive when she is awake. Thank you for this HAPPY CAT SITE… its so encouraging and informative.
Debra Densworth says
Hello Ms Debra, I felt compelled to let you know about my daughters beautiful Tortie for several reasons. I too am a Debra, my son adopted the Tortie as a kitten in 2012 from Animal Aid (similar to Australia’s RSPCA) for his younger sister. My daughter then named her STELLA = (STAR in Italian). Stella is also the sweetest, affectionate and laid back cat I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! Stella also loves to cuddle, hug, purr, dribble and talk. Stella is sooooo inquisitive & catches rats! YAY! My daughter, her boyfriend, my son and myself love her to the Moon and back.
Elizabeth Dobay says
I have a tortoise cat,4 years old with green eyes. very quiet, sweet, very smart. Playful, likes to make goofy out of herself.Not a lap cat but she follows me.
Not gonna say :P says
I have the cutest tortoiseshell in the world, I’m so happy my mom convinced my dad to let the mom have kittens. I also have the most beautiful calico in the world :).
Denise Poyner says
So glad to see so many people appreciate tortoiseshell cats. I have had the privilege of owning a blue and cream tortoiseshell named Georgia. She became ill and I decided to euthanase her this morning. She was remarkably intelligent, feisty, and new her own mind. She was a good friend on rough days with an enormously empathic demeanour. I would consider getting another tortoiseshell again, particularly a blue and cream breed. Everyone loved her. I had her for 17 and a half years, and I estimate she was 18 1/2 years old. I’ll bury her at the pet cemetery in Auckland later this week. It’s a nice place to memorialise her along with my other cat Jonty whom is already there.
Pat Walsh says
So sorry for your loss. Only fur baby parents can understand the heartache we experience. May your heart heal.
I have rescue sisters Kiki & Coco who I got when they were kittens. Kiki is a typical calico cat white with other patches of color and Coco is very unique she is calico on the underside and the orange and black tortoiseshell everywhere else both are very sweet and playful. They’ll be 4 in May. 🐈🐾🐈🐾
Sherri A Coons says
Our cat Petunia was definitely siamese somewhere in there! She was tall and slim like the siamese but what really clinched it was her “Get back here, I’m not done with you” meow! We lost her about 3 weeks ago at age 15 and still miss her! Her tortie coloring was beautiful! I wish I could post a.picture of her here! Tall, long legs, extra long tail it seems, short fur and the.prettiest tortie coloring I have seen! We miss her dreadfully sometimes! (Thankfully a kitten needed to be rescued from a local tree and we adopted him and he has helped a great.deal!) We also had another tortie named Daphne who was handicapped and had a little hind end balance problem so we nicknamed her BooBoo which stuck! Got her from a cat rescue! She had a.lot of white in neat places like a.tuxedo.cat and a bob tail. Funny as can be! She was also as stubborn as a mule and didn’t think SHE was handicapped! When we first saw her at a cat rescue she was the only one not in a cage! The rest were a.little.leery of her I think cause she did what she wanted and that was that! She and Petunia tolerated each other for the 12 1/2 years we had BooBoo! Her handicap caught up with her (apparently it was internally caused) and we lost her 2 1/2 years ago! She was MY baby and Petunia was my husband’s but our new 20lb nearly two year old Maine Coon loves us both! Although he doesn’t jump on my husbands stomach in the mornimgs. I wish he would! He is HEAVY!
Valea Parison says
My baby Mey-Rin is a Tortoiseshell, she is just a ball of energy! Lovable and mischievous, carrying my clothes into my mothers room in the middle of the night! 🙂
I lost my other cat Sly just last year, and Mey-Rin has been a constant, warm comfort. I wouldn’t trade her for the world.
Judy Black says
Our family is lucky to have a long haired tortoiseshell cat named Tosca. She is approx. 3 years old. Tosca is very friendly and follows me around the house. She is food motivated and will “sit” for a treat. She loves to be brushed. Her markings are very beautiful. The right half of her face is mostly orange with some black and the left half of her face is black with some orange. Her right hind leg has an orange streak on the bottom. She had a little orange patch on her belly which has turned white during the last year. The rest of her is totally tortoiseshell, including her ears. She loves to carry a toy mouse in her mouth. When she wants me to toss her toys she will sit down in front of me, walk to her toys, and then wait. Once a month, in the evening, she runs down the hall, pushes herself off the wall to turn around, and runs back. She gets along well with our other two female cats, a grey tabby and a black cat with a white chest patch. All were from the humane society in our area. We love them so much.
8+ years ago I went in search of a torty kitten, finally finding some at our local SPCA. They were only 4 weeks old so I picked one out, fell in love with her and had to wait 4 more weeks before we could take her home with us. At 7 weeks they called us and said they would put her down if we didn’t get her that day because she was sick. I told them not to do that we would be there in 15 minutes. We had to take her to 2 different vets before she got better. At about 2-3 years old she started to go blind. Later we found out she didn’t have any blood vessels in her eyes. Last Tues. She stopped eating and drinking, took her to the vet and he said she was dehydrated and had to stay overnight while they hydrated her. The next morning he called to tell us she was worse. He took an x-ray and it showed an enlarged heart. Even after the vet tried to save her, she could only lay there. We could feel her growing cold, so we had to make that dreaded decision to let her go. Our hearts are broken!!! She was the sweetest kitty we ever had! Heaven is a much better place today.
Hazel Pierce says
Stacey Brooker says
I have a Mackerel Torbie and didn’t realize it until I read this article. She was unique since day 1, born 2 days before the rest her litter. Her siblings were black tiger tabbies and so was her dad. Her mom was ALL black. She was different than them all and she is so energetic. I have never had a cat like her! Her personality is different than all the rest as well. And yes she does have that tortitude! I am so grateful I was able to make her mine! ?
The neighborhood stray adopted my husband and me 6 weeks ago. She’s a small, 3-year-old tortie (I just read about them tonight and realized that is what she is). Her behavior and personality is 100% tortie! She is a foot stalking, snuggle seeking, bed sleeping kitty now.
Philip Le Roux says
Our Tortie Jess, definitely has Tortitude. We got her, along with her brother Charlie, a big fat aimiable Ginger Lump from a shelter. They had both been cruelly treated at their former home. It was love at first sight for both of them.
She loves going round the estate beating up the local toughs. She evidently has small cat syndrome. When she looks in the mirror she sees a Bengal Tiger staring back!
But she is a real love-bug with humans. Very talkative, very demanding.
We got out torti “Molly” 15 years ago from a kill shelter, I’ll neverknow why someone turned her in as she is perfect. Funny tho. Won’t go outside but briefly and don’t even hint that you may close the door or she’ll run in. Holds grudges against the kids (won’t hurt them) but will find the most opportune moment to corner them, and I’ll hear a kid yell, “mooommmm, Molly’s has me cornered, again!” Kitty has perfect teeth at 16, vet said good genetics. Molly loves reading time and is the first to offer compassion to the kids if they have a bad day. Love love love our torti with tortitude.
I have 2 Tortie Ragdolls kittens 6 months old both were born together with 3 males kittens, a Traditional Ragdolls, a solid black Ragdolls and a two color Ragdolls.They all lived happily in Jakarta Indonesia.
Excited to read your info on torties, as I recently discovered a stray that, until tonight, I couldn’t tell what coat it had. Realized when “she” showed up tonight, it was a Tortie, mix of black and orange with a white bib and white right front paw. Have been feeding her and hoping to lure her into my home eventually. Lost my last two kitties, one last year and the other two years before that. Wasn’t thinking of adopting just yet but she’s winning my heart. If she wants to come home, will be the first Torrie I’ll have. Wish me luck in my pursuit!!!!
My tortoise whose name is Kailua is a farm cat that I got when she was 8 weeks old. She is now 11 years and still going strong. ?
The feline love-of-my-life was little Minx, a tortoiseshell tabby (torbie), with glorious tortie stripes on a classic (blotched) tabby background, and very green eyes. She was tiny (3kg)but feisty (a ‘minx’ is a sassy woman), and lived to 21 years. We had a mutual adoration of each other. She kind of saved my life twice, once by reacting to toxic fireplace fumes – my housemate had brought home off-cuts from a building site (probably termite treated), and another time by making a fuss until I followed her to the bedroom where clothes had fallen against a bar radiator and were smouldering! It’s been 14 years since she passed, and I still miss her, despite having acquired several more cats – currently have 3.
I have a kitten that sounds like yours! I’m sorry to hear she is gone. This one I adopted is splotched with orange tabby stripes on her back legs, no tail and some white on her chest. She is the funniest little cat and so smart. Bites my fingers when hungry. Talks to us all the time and just lost her baby teeth so looks funny when she talks. What a personality this cat has. Her name is Sansa Starfish. We adore her. But she is a nocturnal nightmare and intentionally looms for glasses of water to tip over!!!
Jennifer Pulling says
I know Jane I lost a beautiful tabby cat to cancer when he was six. I have never forgotten him. He was there lveof my life. That was 22 years ago but there is always an ache when I think of him.
Mary Evans says
Loved reading all the Tortie Tales. Since reading the description of Tortie markings I am struck that my Tortie has no orange or other such color, and no blotches. She is three shades of brown — a bit of light, mostly tan, with dark brown markings that are mostly circular stripes, starting down from the middle of her head. She has three dark rings around her tail like a raccoon, and that tail bushes up like a bottle brush when she chases my other cat. Definitely has Tortitude. But her most vivid feature or features are wide dark circles as on a target, covering the whole of each of her sides; that’s one big circle each side. Only white is a little patch under her chin. I rescued her from a nearby side street where she had shown up one day, very young and thin. People fed her but had no intention of taking her in over the winter. When I saw she was sleeping in the middle of the street and playing under cars I finally went over and announced I was taking her home. Got her fixed up at the vet. She walked with her head cocked to one side, and her right front paw turned out awkwardly. No idea why, whether birth or accident, but that was eight years ago and she is doing fine. I love her, and everyone is fascinated by her. No fear of strangers and eats like a horse. No one above mentioned a cat eating a lot, but this one eats as much as given and fast as lightning. Named her “Peezy” for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, because of her tilted head. Have to chuckle remembering a neighbor who commented, “Oh — you adopted that little crooked cat!”
My long haired Tortie is Bailey. My daughter has two cats with diabetes and since Bailey is 16 pounds she is always telling me to limit any food and try to get her weight down. What does the vet say about the weight of yours and what does she eat>
Calla Lily says
I just adopted my first tortie named Mavis & her black brother Myst 2 weeks ago. They are almost four months old. It was love at first sight on the spca website. After the passing of my tabby and my ragdoll last month it was hard not having lively cats in my home. Well, little did I know what I was getting into. Tortitude does exist! Mavis is a firecracker. She is all over the place, eats eveything, jumps everywhere, climbs everything, super high energy, I am disbelief. Lol. Her brother is almost as stubborn but a little more docile. He lets us hold him when she doesn’t want anyone to pick her up and hold her. With all that said, she is also a chatterbox, a kissy girl, and such a sweet cuddlebug. She snuggles so much when I am ready to sleep and she wakes me up every morning snuggling on my shoulder. I can’t wait to see how life with these two unfolds.
I have a tortie named Nova. She has a mustache, it’s the cutest thing ever. She’s so sweet and super affectionate, but man, she’s a feisty little thing. I adopted her from The Cat House on the Kings and when i first saw her, I instantly fell in love with her and knew she had to come home with me. She’s my sweet Nova Kitty! 🙂
Debbie D says
My precious tortie is named Vision. My sister lured her and her family from a cow pasture by feeding them twice a day. Soon, 26 of them would run from the woods every time her red car pulled into the driveway. Some had gotten so tame that they would wander into her home through the open sliding glass door. Vision walked right into our cat carrier one Sunday.She was named Vision because at times, you cant tell her eyes from her fur. That was 4 years ago. I couldn’t imagine my life without her. A sufferer of severe depression,Vision seems to know when I need he to cuddle with me. By the way, I got to meet Vision’s beautiful mom and dad and her siblings from an older younger litters, all who were eventually trapped, fixed, and released.
I have a tortie Misty. She has her mind made up. She will work at me until she gets what she wants. She is my best friend. She puts a smile on my face everyday. She is 6 years old. I love watching her play. I am glad that I was blessed with her. My mom just loves her to. I take her for a rise everyday to see my mom. When she sees my mom she goes over to her and gives her a head but. And lays in her lap just purring like hey wear have you been. She is a special girl with her mission to make everyone smile.
We have aquired our first torti. We love her so much! Full of engery and very smart. With her being four months old, that explains the high engery, lol. Her and our dog, loves to play together. And she let’s our daughter do just about anything with her. We are thrilled to her in our family.
Joelauna Castro says
I have a torture, Her name is Andromeda, yes like the galaxy, she is my ESA, and 1yr old, she has bouts, of hyper activity, but no real aggression, she is very calm and very relaxed most of the time, she’s not huge fan of baths, but will not use her claws on me at all during bath time, as long as I talk to her during bath time she is calm, and responds to my questions, she has incredibly soft and shiny fur, I love her. I wish I could add a picture of her.
Our little miss tortie diva is CleoCatra (although we just call her Cleo) so it cracked me up to see the thing about Egyptian names. She has SUPER LONG fur and whiskers, and after just going through another growth spurt at almost 16 months old, I’ve been trying to figure out what type she is. She has adorable tufts of fur sticking out of her feet and just the smallest bit of white with some black spots just under her chin, but otherwise she is all tortie colored. She is very sweet but definitely a diva too! She has a kinda shakey little meow when I pet her and she talks to me and she always gives me all kinds of blinky lovies. She’s already a little bigger than her adopted tabby brother…if she’s a Maine coon and keeps growing, with that long fur…we are in for a high maintenance kitty! But she’s so totally worth it, I wouldn’t trade her for the world!
Dorthie Cummings says
My sweet loving little Sally Jean was a little stray cat who came to our door crying very loudly one stormy night It was freezing rain and blowing so hard. When I opened the door she ran into my house and into my heart. She lived with us 22 years. Sally hated the cold. She was always seeking the warmest place to lay. That place was on my lap as much as she could manage. Everyone called her my Velcro kitty. Sally and I had a special bond. She was my kitty and I was her person. Sally never grew to be a big cat. She only weighed only 4 1/2lbs. But she what she lacked in size she made up for with love. She helped me finish raising my 3 children, then she helped to raise 5 of my 6 grandchildren and then 3 of my great grandchildren. She taught them to be gentle and loving. When Sally left us she had what we thought was a little smile on her sweet little face. She is missed every day. But I know I will see her again some day.
Annette Nottoli says
We had 2 Torties, one was a purebred manx Smuge, the other was named Smidget. The manx had Tortitude to the Max! Smidget was a shy & gentle soul. They crossed the Rainbow Bridge over 25 yrs ago. Still miss my babies.
Annette Nottoli says
Had 2 Torties, one a purebred Manx (Smudge), the other was named Smidget. The Manx had Tortitude to the Max. The other was a shy & gentle sweetie. Both shelter babies.We found out that the Manx had been trained to fetch. Sooo sad it’s owner never looked for her. But very glad I worked at an Animal Shelter that she was brought to. She had been caught in a opossum trap. Took 2 days to calm her down, I fell in Love & took her home. That was over 25 yrs ago. Still miss my babies.
Pandora LiVecchi says
Hi I have 2 Torties Nala ( Blue/Cream) and Nadia ( Black, Gold, Red) they are so much fun. They both have their unique personalities. Nala is high energy and mischievous. Nadia has to be the center of attention, is very talkative. If its playtime Nadia lets me know with a constant Meow until I give in.?
My beautiful Rockie just crosssed the Rainbow Bridge one month ago today. She was 12 years old. She had the most beautiful black and bronze and beige coloring. We found her when she was only 4 weeks old. Had to bottle feed her for several days until she learned to eat. She developed diabetes at age 7 and required 2 insulin shots a day but she was always a trooper about it. She was my constant companion and a real sweetheart. Rest In Peace my beautiful darling.
My Gizmo is my first Tortie, and likely my last cat because I can’t imagine having one after her. I initial went to a shelter to adopt a kitten, but she was perched right next to the door of the cat room, talking her sweet kitty talk to me. She was already about 10 months old at the time, and let me pick her right up. I fell in love with her immediately! She is so sweet and affectionate, follows me around like a puppy, and loves to play fetch…she was so gentle with both of my daughters when they were babies, and is still so tolerant of them loving on her in their 5 and 9 year old ways 🙂 She also has a mischievous side, most of which is tied to food…or anything she would like to pretend is food. I’ve caught her prowling the counters and table more times than I can count. Gizzie Bear is the furry love of my life, and I hope she’s around as long as a lot of these other stories have reported!!
We adopted a tortoiseshell female from our local pound. We have had her 4 months now. Very mischievous and energetic. Always getting into something. Very stubborn. Her name is Aurora. We love her. She is very entertaining
We have to rescue tortie cats. We also have one gray and white that are oldest cat, Rachel, the queen mother of all cats in our house brought home. She basically has her own pet. Rachel is going to be 19 years old this year. The other tortie is about 5 years old and is obnoxious and funny. She likes to flop around on the floor like a little fat bear. We call her Miss Kitty lulabelle floof noodle. All three of the girls get along great. My tortillas have never been high maintenance and Rachel is the epitome of a constant lap cat. The gray and white cat that she brought home however has got major cattitude! Her name is smidge the Pidge. we feel very blessed to have all three.
steve taylor says
I found a female tortie 4 years ago as a spry kitt. Short hair at first but now shes bloomed into a fluffy demon. She runs us all and I never knew Torties require staff. Our Tortie has many staff members loyal and devoted to her constant need for love and attention. If she is hungry no one sleeps until she has been taken care of, day or night…. Her name is ABBEY however she has affectionately been renamed to ” BABY”. She is affectionate and spends her personal time with all of us so that no one is left out of pleasing her every whim. She considerate that way. Many times we have been taken away from our daily tasks to attend to her always immediate needs. We are blessed…IF the human sole can be possessed this little bugger has and has crept her way into our hearts as its difficult to leave her behind for very long as she’s so Damn CUTE…..We adore her and we hope she will live for many many years………
Our housekeeper felt we needed a cat, and I wanted a good mouser to live outside, so we got Lucy when she was about 5 months old. One day I had a 3 year old patient in my office and Lucy came to the glass screen door and put a paw up and meowed. The child asked if she could come in, so I let her in not sure how she would react. Well, turns out she loves sick kids. She lets them carry her around, sometimes by one leg, she lets them put her in the baby buggy and push her around. She will let a sick child hold her for hours on their lap. Now she lives in the house and we have our first fur baby. Every morning she climbs on my husbands chest and bats his cheek, then she kisses his chin, if that doesn’t wake him up, she puts her paw in his ear. She’s a great hunter, takes down bats, butterflies and mice. Her tortoise color makes her very hard to see outside, she blends right in! She is one of the sweetest animals we have ever had, and my neighbors with tortoises all say the same thing about their disposition, sweet and gentle with kids.
Dianne Rothenbuehler says
We put down our 17 yr. old sweetheart girlie-girl Marble on Saturday. I still can’t stop crying my eyes out.
I’m so sorry for your loss, my sincerest condolences.
I had my two beloved torties Tess and Angelina. Both passed at 11 years. Tess had hcm and Angie and had cancer and was done in by convenia. I miss my sweet girls every day. Tess was the sweetest, calmest cat on the planet, she came everwhere with me, school, the beach, no carrier, she slept holding my hand each night. Angie was a crazy tortie which shocked me- this seems more typical, lol. She was also very sweet and smart and so gorgeous with emerald green eyes. She was part siamese and talked a lot. She became very cuddly when my wizard, rescued from outside started sleeping next to me like Tess. Then they would fight to be near my face, with one on either side. Angie like Tess was a lapcat. I never thought she would be since her mother was feral and she was a bit skittish as a kitten. Then like Tess, she became mom’s special girl, after jumpimg up one day, she was there every night. I’d give anything to have them all back. All my 5 babies have passed now, Syb being the last, Tess being the dirst and Byron next. I am very depressed without them even though I have my baby siamese boy. It will never be the same again.
Our beautiful girl is named Truffles, because when we got her I thought she looked like a chocolate truffle rolled in Cocoa powder!
Our tortie is named Pywacket after a witch’s cat in 13th century England
i have a 4 month old tortie and called her lola
James Crawford says
My mom and went to the local animal shelter and brought home a unique Totri kitten they named “Shelly” because; a) she was a tortoiseshell cat with a prominent black mustache, and b) she came from a shelter. I fell in love with baby Shelly on my first visit to my parent’s house. A purring fur ball of fun to nestled on my upper body. At age 9, my parents went to their own rainbow bridge within a 7-month period and I brought Shelly with me on a cross-country jet to magical Newport Beach. She took to the SunnySoCal climate and large house to explore. She lived another 3-years and I miss her each day since. Alas, no cat for me since.
I recently acquired a torti-point siamese. She is the most beautiful, loving companion. I found her on the side of the highway crying. She was only 4 or 5 weeks when I found her. I’m assuming she followed her mother and got lost. I have cared for her for 8 weeks now and she is simply wonderful. She knows my schedule and aides me in getting ready for work in the mornings. In the evening she knows she gets playtime once I get house chores completed, so she helps. After playtime, she loves to curl up on my lap with her blankie and suckle til she gets relaxed. Then, she walks up to give me kitty nose kisses and lays down to nap. She has definitely stolen my heart!
Kay Long says
I got Shelby from a rescue when she was 7 months old because she had the colors of all the pets I had before her. To say she has tortitude is an apt description of her, but she also is a most smart, loving and loyal cat. She is now 9 years old and I would be lost without her.
Candice Dean says
I have a tortie that’s named Daisy because she has alot of gold. I wish I could post a pic of her after reading this she may be brindle, no white but has 4 colors. Black, orange, grey and a small patch of white under her neck.. She has had one liter and put off a calico and a tabby. She is due again any day now and I’m so excited to see what her new babies will look like. I really learned a great bit about her through reading your website, so thank you. She is like you said very compassionate and mild mannered, however a stray dog wandered up a few days ago and she really messed him up so DIVA here can be very aggressive. Poor dog I had to pull her off of him and he wasnt a small dog. Guess its pregnancy hormones and her so close to giving birth. So they can be aggressive if they are territorial as she is…lucky she is a cat not a dog or he would be in bad shape…. Thanks for the info I learned a little more about my rare little kitty!
my tortie is called fawkes
My tortie is named Evie. I bought her off of Craigslist 2 years ago, and she did have a brother with the same markings, but had a stub for the tail. He was not for sale. I’ll tell ya, she does have a personality all her own. She has been becoming more dominate towards all the other cats this past year. She does not talk that much, but when she does, its too cute. But she can have the sweetest personality as well, and purs a lot. She does have a white bandanna marking under her chin and white tipped paws like socks. I also call her my Halloween kitty.
I just adopted a like girl torrtie! Such a lady still a baby? …So sweet and loving…GIGI a proper lady definitely special cats…furst time having a torrtie… Love them all …furry friends
I have a tortie her name is Beauty! She is 18 years old and she is very healthy. I adopted her when she was a year old, she is THE QUEEN! in my house, adopted my room and guard her place like a tigger with cubbies, she kicks out of my room my Big German Shepherd and believe or not my dog turns around and leave my room, when I call her by her name she kind of stop it but my dog knows who is in charge. She doesn’t trust anybody but once she get to know who you are she is a sweetheart. She sleeps with me, her best friend is my male squirrel they both share my room. I am so glad you love Torties.
Rick Middleton says
I rescued Gypsy (formerly Cathy) two years ago. She was 1.5 years old. When I got her she hid. I tried coaxing her out with toys, food and treats. She finally came out and surveyed the place with me watching her. She looked at me and just started talking. I never knew just how talkative torties could be. She talks up a storm when she enters a room; leaves a room, is looking for me but especially when she is playing. She is very intelligent too. She knows what time I feed her (6am and 6pm) and gets quite impatient if I do not feed her on time. Same goes with her treats. Most times she will come to see me at those exact times. I thought time changes might affect her; I was wrong. She is also my alarm clock in the morning. I love my dear Gypsy; though I am not sure who rescued whom.
I just had a baby kitten show up at my house – a true Torti- Absolutely adorable- about 8 weeks old- someone dropped her off I think or at least abandoned her- she’s mine now! I named her Gypsy- wish I could upload a picture of her- she is amazingly beautiful- two different color eyes
I had a tortie cat years ago from a kitten. Whenever she heard the sound of a sweet rapper, she would sit on the floor in front of you and you’d have to throw it to her. Then she’d go and get it and bring it back for you to throw again – most times she would catch it in mid air. If camera phones had been around then, she would have been a YouTube sensation…
My little tortie is another CoCo, around 8 months old. I got her from the shelter about a month ago and was told her owner had to have a kidney transplant. CoCo fits the type – very lively, sweet, and independent. She visits my lap but doesn’t stay for more than a minute. I hope one day she’ll calm down some so I can pet her more than just in passing. She’s a licker and often gives love nibbles. I wish she wouldn’t do the love bites but so far, saying no and pulling my hand away result in nothing. Any ideas?
Loved reading they are the Diva’s of the cat world. My bob-tailed tortie was so shy when she joined our family, it took 4-6 weeks to coax her to meet her brother and sister (small cat friendly dog and orange tabby sister), however, once she found her “place” she has proven to be quite the little bossy boots and is not shy one bit. When she does wrong (sneaks outside), she returns with a smirk as she struts by. My cats name is Roxy and and she has lots of moxie.
My Baby is about 7mnths old and def loves her mamma lol She follows me everywhere. Yup including three bathroom.
Usually if I’m eating so is she lol
She’s a very loving cat that doesn’t meow at all (yes she’s able too) nor does she scratch up any furniture.
She loves sleeping… especially on me, playing and eating lol
I’ve had Baby since she was about 8wks old
My short haired tortie is almost a year old. Her name is Remington but you can also call her Remmi. She’s so loving and sweet. Everynight she insists on laying next to me. She is very protective and her bestfriend is my brothers little Chihuahua. They will chase eachother around for hours. I couldn’t ask for a better and more loving cat than a tortie.
I have been blessed with my Tortie Purrmione. Sweet and affectionate but only on her terms.
She is very vocal and will demand my attention. If I dare turn my back she doesn’t hesitate to reach out and hook my shirt or give me a gentle nip on the butt to let me know she wasn’t done “talking” ?
Renee Reid says
My dog found my domestic short hair torte, Mocha, when she was 3 weeks old in bushes on our nightly walk. She is now 2 years old. Attacks the dog a few times a day, watches everything from a distance, very very smart and entertaining, remembers everything, follows the dog around everywhere, doesn’t like to be held even though I pick her up at least once a week and stroke her, never had a cat and she is beautiful, graceful, smart, wakes me up every morning at 7:30 am, cries when hungry, plays with herself all night, runs/jumps and chases herself most of the night, brought me a hummingbird the other day (oops). I will love her forever.
I have a 7 year old tortie named “Kahlua”. As someone said above, mine also is a big talker! She has distinct sounds for different things; one for food, another for toys, another for tummy rub. The best is when she knows I am busy and really needs to get my attention: it sounds like a baby-voice gargling mouthwash really fast (seriously!). She follows me around the house in my daily routine, and watches over me like I’m her kitten. I never realized how sweet and affectionate a cat could be until I got my tortie–she’s great!
Last month we’ve adopted a stunning long haired now-9-months old, tortie. We named her Najila (pronounced Nah-YEE-la, and means “eyes that glisten” because she has gorgeous bright yellow eyes! She speaks to me all day long, beeps, purrs, bbbbrrrrrr, and other funny noises. The funniest is when she sees a bird! She beeps then her mouth chatters! It’s hilarious! She’s so sweet and loving and loves to be included with the family. She is perfect for us!
Devina Celeste says
I have a gorgeous dark torturous called Chai . I have 21 rescued cats but Chai is my favourite. She’s just turned 15 and I keep telling her she has to live till 25 (no pressure). She’s lost some weight and has arthritis so I’ve put all her food, water, litter etc on a tressle table beside my bed to make life easier for her. I love Chai to bits. I’ve found that when I give her 4mls of Himalayan goji juice daily, the network marketing one, not store bought) everything in her improves. I’m so pleased that many people on this site have had forties who’ve lived long lives. Thank you for sharing. Devina
Devina Celeste says
Ps apologies for above typo. Was supposed to say dark tortie but my iPhone had other ideas. Devina
We have a tortie we adopted 2 yrs ago, she was 1 when we brought her home. Her name is Bean..my husband said we should call her coffee Bean as a joke but I fell in love with the name and thought it would suit her well. She’s pretty chill, not to crazy but loves to be loved. She’s very clean, always cleaning herself. Her coat is so soft and shinny. She’s just a beautiful cat.
We just adopted a 4 month old tortie named Nala. She is such a lover. Her purr is loud and her cuddles are the best! Her meow is squeaky. She was on the list to be euthanized (which we found out after we adopted her). She is now in her forever home!
Hi. You explained very well. I just received this cat gift. But I can’t figure out exactly which category.
I have a 7 year old Tortie named Marlie that I got when she was only 4 weeks old. I recently got another rescue Tortie that is now 10 weeks old. I named her Tude (pronounces too-dee) because of her obvious attiTUDE. ?
Joan Erickson says
Our tortoiseshell cat’s name is Xena Terrapinita del Fuego y Humo (Xena Little Turtle of Fire and Smoke) kind of a bastardized Latin and Spanish name.
Momma kitty was at least 23plus years. Gracie Lynn was 20 and a runt. At her heaviest was 5 pounds. And no one messed with her. If she got mad her eyes turned black. And other cats would run. Sweetest cat ever!
Deborah Mcswain says
My baby was a tiny thing found abandoned at a gas station. Her name is Sable. Affectionate to a fault. Head butts and kisses all the time.
Pat Kenderdine says
I have a wonderful torti. She was picked up as a half-starved little scrap of a kitten by a local who was passing the garbage site on his scooter when he noticed someone throwing something out of a car window. He realised it was a kitten. Unfortunately, he was so intent on saving the kitten that he didn’t take the registration number of the vehicle. I took charge of the kitten, took her home, gave her a bath (she was covered in fleas and was suffering from severe malnutrition). Needless to say, she has thrived and 7 years later, is still with me.
My late husband named her Ziggy, because of the ginger zig-zag stripes on her front legs.
My husband fell ill with cancer and passed away. The hospital phoned me at 2.45 a.m. to say we should get to the hospital quickly because he was passing. My daughter, who was staying with me at the time to lend a hand with this very ill man before he went to hospital, and I shot out of bed and started to dress to go to the hospital. I immediately checked to see where Ziggy was, as I wanted to keep her inside while we were out. She was nowhere to be seen and I KNEW she had been sleeping on my feet at the bottom of the bed just minutes before. We couldn’t wait to look for her and we proceeded downstairs to leave for the hospital. Just then the phone rang again. It was the hospital to tell us my late husband had passed away. There was no point in going to the hospital then so I gave them instructions, made copious quantities of coffee and cried. Then a short while later, we heard Ziggy calling outside the sliding door.
The doors were locked. The windows were all closed (it was May and very cold already with the onset of winter in South Africa). Nothing was open ANYWHERE. So maybe you can figure out how Ziggy got out of the house and where she went.
We fully believe she went to help Dave cross over to the other side.
Ziggy is a very special cat and she is treated as such by all members of the family.
My sweet Tortie is named Lucy Lu. I found her on adoption day at Pets Mart 5 years ago. There were kitties running everywhere..all adorable but then I saw “ my “ kitty! She was in the arms of a little boy and I just held my breath! I waited and when he put her down, I reached out for her, she nestled in my arepas and buried her sweet two-toned face in my hand! I called out to all… This is my cat! I loved her at first sight and she loved me! I still catch my breath when I look at her! She is beautiful, quiet, sweet, affectionate and spoiled! My kids were spoiled too and they have all turned out prefect! Lucy too! She is my quiet, sweet girl. Her “brother” is a beautiful black Bombay…. he and I take care of sweet Lucy Lu!
Tammy Thomas says
I have a torti, Miss Muffet, that my son brought home when she was 9 weeks old and refused to take her when he moved out because she didn’t take to him…she didn’t take to anyone actually. She’s now 10. I’ve never had a cat like her. Her coloring is amazing and she’s got the biggest gold eyes I’ve ever seen. But her attitude sucks. She is the most aloof cat ever. Most people don’t even know we have a cat because she hides whenever there are people around. She won’t let us pick her up but she will demand to be petted by walking back & forth beside our chairs and crying until we pet her. In fact, she ‘talks’ A LOT!! I love her and will continue to care for her as I would any pet but once she’s gone, I’ll never have another torti.
I was heartbroken after my little black cat Circe had to be put down due to multisystem organ failure (she was 20). However I had to get another cat so my love can go somewhere. Less than 2 weeks later I adopted a calico and a Tortie, naming the calico Matilda and the Tortie Moneypenny. They are litter mates and sisters and the loves of my life. Moneypenny has an attitude but she is so stunning that u forgive her immediately. Matilda is such a mush. They are my beautiful girls. I just love them to pieces!
Heather Neuman says
My tortoises mother was found out in the cold with her new born cats.My husband and I drove 300 miles to get my tortie cat.I have been an animal rescuer for years. I have worked for the humane society and peta.I eat no meat. I named my precious tortie Katrina.I love her like she is my child. My husband andI love Katrina like she is our baby.I live in a big house.Katrina has the run of the house.She has lots of toys to play with.I live in a big house with a large back yard with woods behind our
House.Many animals live in the woods.Katrina loves to look outside our big windows to watch deer squirrels rabbits chipmunks and turkeys.She is never bored.I take wonderful care of her.When I ask her if she loves me she will rub her head on my hand.So glad I have her.love her like she is my baby.Heather Neuman
Heather Neuman says
Post where ever is appropriate
my Jingle loved your article and she is a typical tortie
Rose Thon says
Just brought home my kitten we named “Sash” (long haired-torbie American Bob tail) She is so incredibly loving and insists on snuggling up on my neck or anything close to the face. She is constantly following us around and gives lots of kisses. However, when she is in play mode, she is very stubborn and can be a little Diva! So much personality packed into this tiny little creature, but by far my favorite breed thus far and absolutely gorgeous coat! Would recommend the American Bob Tail breed for any family who prefers a more dog-like personality (kitten wants to be around us every second) and is not bothered by other animals, kids, vacuum, or loud noises.
Leanne Butterfield says
I have had 2 tortured. My first was Bayley which I adopted from the humane society. Unfortunately this beauty had a liver shunt and went over the Rainbow at 6 months old. I now have Mocha who I adopted at birth and brought her home at 6 weeks. She is a Mama’s girl. If I leave the room she will sit at the door and cry for me. At night she sleeps in the crook of my shoulder with her head resting on me. She is beautiful.
We have Whimsy, a tortie with white trim down her neck & belly with white mittens and feet, who showed up as a kitten in our back yard, hissing at my husband. I put out a box with a towel and she decided to stay. The first time I saw her she was eating a rat, eeeewwww. So I knew I had to feed her, and that made her “ours” yet you all know it made us hers. She is a squeaker, and she mumbles and even can sound like a chattering hen at times. If I enter a dark room, where she’s sleeping, I can often hear a little squeak from her. It’s adorable. She only cuddles with me, only at night when I’m in bed, and it’s a routine of in and out of the covers before she settles down next to me. She has a routine of sleeping on our bed in the early evening and then later at night will make her appearance. She literally works by the clock.
I just adopted my cute little tortie girl a month ago. She is 11 months old Her name is stormy, she looks like a grey storm cloud with hints of light orange/cream. She is so loving and mischievous. I look forward to many happy years with my little kitty.
Nicole Gallegos says
My little ladies name is Tink and just like Tinkerbell, she is feisty (but super sweet)! No white on this lady but she has the split color face. She is only about 7 weeks old but has claimed her spot on the bed; on my shoulder and on my pillow! She is definitely tiny (but so is her momma).
I posted a pic here, I hope it shows up because our tortie Georgia, call her Georgie, is the most beautiful creature on earth and we love her beyond. I never wanted a cat, I’m a dog person, didn’t like cats. The whole fam wanted a cat so I had to be fair. I’m in love with her! She rules the roost and keeps her canine friend Mika in line, but certainly takes advantage of Mika’s post potty treats. She couldn’t be more loved!
We have both a tortie (adopted) AND a torbie (adopted us as a stray.) They are four and seven, respectively, and their names are Sassafras and Jade.
We took Sass to the vet about two years ago on day two of her not eating/progressive listlessness. For some reason her platelet number had crashed. No reason was given by the vet, and it resolved just as quickly as it came on. (Without further recurrence.)
The scary part turned out to be the incidental finding on her x ray, which was initially taken to check for bowel obstruction. Her rads were sent to a cardiac specialist who diagnosed her with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. There is a devastating complication associated with the disease called FATE: Feline Aortic Thromboembolism. It became a waking nightmare, knowing there was a distinct possibility my baby could get hit with that complication, which causes severe pain and has a grim prognosis even with fast treatment. The vet recommended an echocardiogram, the gold standard for a definitive diagnosis, stage of disease (if present) and the presence of blot clots…or favorable conditions for developing them in the first place. It was three months before we could manage the $600 procedure, a little over a month before Xmas that year.
We got the report back two days later.
Definitive diagnosis: normal heart.
I started bawling like a baby, to the point of shaking with pure relief.
The best Christmas present I’ve ever had in my life, combined.
Our other furbaby, Jade, is slowly coming around after what we presume to be an abusive and/or traumatic past with adults. She was 99% fine interacting with our three kids (ranging in age from nine to fifteen) but the diffence was like night and day when it came to adults. She started off very handshy, and would turn on you very quickly (and aggressively) when she finally did initiate contact. It has taken a few years, but with infinite patience/learning her body language to respect her boundaries, she has (generally) learned that she can trust us to love and take care of her, period.
(And more important, she will NEVER be hurt by our hands or otherwise.)
She has become an absolute sweetheart, albeit with occasional rough edges that are likely (and understandably) permanent if our suspicions are correct. Either way, we adore her to pieces.
The intensity with which these furry little beings become so intertwined with your family (and indeed, your very life) never ceases to amaze me. I am very glad I learned to appreciate just how much throughout their time with us, rather than being whacked with it across the head at the end, when that VERY steep bill tallied up on your heart comes due.
I am in the process of adopting my first cat since I was a teenager and I have 4 grown children now! I’ve named this beautiful brindle tortie MOIRA. She is approximately 7 months old and was a pregnant stray when she was found loitering around my friends refuse containers, most likely looking for food. She was horribly emaciated so my friend fed her all the kitten food she would eat in an attempt to put some weight on her and get some nutrition to her unborn kittens. I’m happy to say that her 3 kittens were all born healthy and Moira has turned out to be an excellent mother. When her kittens are weaned, she will get her shots and be spayed: that is when she will come to me! I’m so excited!
I picked my Tortie from hundreds of pictures on a kill shelter’s website. I had no idea what kind of cat she was at the time, but I thought she was the prettiest cat I had ever seen. She is a long-haired Tortie, mostly black and orange with one tiny spot of white on her tummy. I have never had a sweeter cat in my entire life. I have a Shih Tsu who gives her constant grief and she has yet to growl or hiss and it’s been nearly two years now. When I brought her home, she just moved in as if she had always been her. Slept on my bed the first night. I found out later that Torties can sometimes have an attitude. Not this cat! Although she is very inquisitive and mischievous and gets into trouble on a daily basis. Keeps me on my toes. But I adore her!
My Tortie is named Choey. The stripe down her nose reminded my daughter of a skunk. My daughter is from China and the word for skunk in her dialect is (approximately) Chouyon. So we have a Choey. I have bottle fed her from birth as her mother had an emergency c section and didn’t show interest in nursing.
Devina Celeste says
I absolutely love dark torties. I had 3 until 3 days ago. My beautiful girl, Chai, passed away by means of euthanasia. She was 16 years and 3.5 months. She had a stroke over a year ago, which wasn’t obvious at the time, but gradually she started walking like a drunk and her pupils got very large. At first I thought it was arthritis but the arthritis tablets (green lipped mussel) didn’t work so I realised it was something else. Several vets agreed she’d had a stroke, but I immediately put her on cannabis oil and goji juice (called gochi) and I got an extra year out of her and the vets were amazed. When she was little, she was had a thing for noticing marks on the wall and I would pick her up and carry her all through the house till she had investigated every single dot and mark on the wall and “pawed” them all. How cute was that? Farewell Chai. You were my best friend.
Natasha Carrington says
I loved reading this. I adopted my beautiful willow in June 2020 at 5 years. She is so vocal and sassy. I adore her xx
Pat Walsh says
My husband and I vacationed in Utah, stopped by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and my husband (determined to be only a one cat family) fell in love with a seven week old Tortie named Amanda. Now almost two, she is the best friend to our Manx Misty (a 6-year-old rescue) and brings so much joy and laughter to our home. So full of mischief and affectionate. We could not imagine life without our two girls!
My sisters cat had kittens and 2 were tortoises..I got adopted butvthe one is like an emotional support kitty. I think she could sense when I was upset and would climb up my leg. I carried her around forever. Shes about 9 months now and I named her Duck. I cant have pets so I come to stay at my sisters a lot. She also bites my neck when i havent seen her in a couple days. I love her so much just wish i could have her at home.
We adopted Luna AKA Tawny from our local SPCA this past July 2020. She was just 7 weeks old when someone found her on the side of the road by herself in a town named Loon Bay, that is why we named her Luna! She is now 8 months old, she loves her sister and 2 brothers! She is very vocal with me, follows me everywhere. She loves to suck on a fuzzy blanket!! She is such a l’il sweetheart
We adopted a brother and sister this time last year. He is a ginger called Otto and she is a tortie called Abra. He is chilled and loves following sunlight and Abra can keep herself entertained for hours chasing an elastic band or hair tie. Both of which she will steal on the quiet. And she keeps Otto well in line! We love them both
We have two from the same litter, a medium/long hair torti and her brother a medium long black hair with a brown bib and slight highlights.
Our daughter named our torti Mystical (Misty for short) and we named our prince of darkness Milo.
They’re the most well behaved cats we have ever had, they’re protective of their human sister (our daughter) and their personalities are blossoming everyday. Our boy Milo talks to my spouse in full conversations and Mystical constantly has her eyes dilated, for a puss in boots effect haha. If anyone is ever on the fence about finding a furry companion as a torti or black cat you will never regret it! We can’t wait to spend our lives with them as everyday we always say they have brought so much joy to our lives!
Sandra Colville says
We have a beautiful long hair tortie, she’s 10 months old and she’s a little bundle of fun and energy, she’s also a bit of a diva, she takes over her brother’s bed and won’t budge, her name is Norah.
Dorothy Keizer says
My Tortie is Sabrina the Baby Witch. She was rescued in mid-October and she chose to come home with me on October 20 . . . hence the name. She definitely has tortitude and the name suits her well.
I have a pair of Torties, mother and daughter. They are both so cute, observant, spunky, and loving. Mom is wuiet, daughter is chatty. Mom was an abandoned pregnant kitty and daughter was born in our home with three brothers. We love them all so much.
Estelle Marie says
I have mother and daughter torties, beautiful pair but mom is quiet, daughter is chatty. Love them so much.
Fun facts, thank you!
My Torties name is Misu, short for Tiramisu. She has the same colorings of that sweet Italian dessert. She also looks like the Girl Scout cookie, Samoa’s, thought about naming her Moa, but everyone liked Misu more. She’s absolutely beautiful and maybe even a Torbie. She has striking orange rings down her tail and on her face and body. We love her! Thanks for letting me share.
Debra Anderson says
I love that I found this site. I adopted my first Tortie 5 days ago, she was on a rescue site. Apparently a 2 yr old, she ended up at a vet office covered in scabs [from fungal infection], she was not spayed, no chip of course, her ears are both frost-bitten and “had a hole in her head” and part of a back leg was missing.
She was amputated 15 days ago and will have the stitches out tomorrow. She has slept almost every minute I’ve had her [named Lacey for her currently ‘lacy’ ears, which I understand will have dead parts fall off].
She has snarled less in the last 2 days when she sees my 5.5 lb. 13 year old Chihuahua and my 2 others kitties so we are in early days. She’s not even 7 lbs. but expect she’ll get another couple of pounds within a few months.
Thank you all for your wonderful Tortie stories, this is a new adventure. I was in a bad accident 39 years ago so, as a formerly ‘broken’ person, I brought home a broken cat. My [late] husband was told I’d be a ‘vegetable’ for the rest of my life and he took me home anyway and now I’ve taken this little sweetie home too, for the rest of her life. 🙂
bah humbug says
torties are sooooo cute!!!!!
I have a beautiful tortitude manned Billy, she is such a talker and we have so many conversations, it is just the 2 of us so she growls at anyone who visits, she loves me soo much, but she is naughty, she was 13 in April and still fully of energy
I Have A Long Haired Tortie, her name is Coffee, She will be 20yrs young in November.
Like your Myth above, Coffee Has told My 2 Daughters and 1 of their friends that they were pregnant so truth to that one.
i named my tortie kitty Circe after the titan goddess, naiad (water) witch from the Odyssey, and that was before i knew the color’s mythical connection to goddesses; she was also born in March, making her a Pisces witch is a water sign and coincides with her namesake 🙂 i love my tortie!
I named my new kitten Cocoa. I just adopted her yesterday almost 3 months old.
Sharon E Theuma says
Have our first kitten she has beautiful marking so we called her Lacey
I save our stray Tortie out of tree near our house. She was stuck in this big Oak tree for 5 days. I called animal rescue the fire dept, police dept no one would come get her.
We started to get the remnants of a hurricane, she was in the pouring rain crying all day and night and so was my daughter. So I got my 20ft ladder put it the bed of my truck up into the tree climbed a few branches and grabbed her by the scruff of her neck and saved her.
My daughter who was 14 at the time took care her but she wouldn’t stay in the house. So we let her out about a week later, then a few days after that my daughter was going to school in the morning and yelled dad there are chipmunks on the porch. Here it was the Tortie with very newborn kittens. On Gray and furry the other jet black.
So we brought the whole family in the house and took care of them. Decided to keep the Gray kitty and gave the other one to a very close friend who’s loves her dearly now.
We name our Tortie Sprinkles and the Gray on Gracie. Got them both fixed and shots now they are part of the family.
Sprinkles still wants to go outside all the time, I even taught her to roll over before she goes out. Soon as she goes to the door she chatters and soon as say rollover she does and out the door she goes.
My mother had a colony of wild black cats in her yard. One day when i was visiting one of the kittens ( Named KI-KI) (Tortie) had gotten into my car and rode 3 hr.’s to my home and i didn’t know it was there.2 days later i found her in the garage. We found out from the vet she was about 5 weeks old. Her face is 1/2 black and 1/2 gold she is now 2 yr.’s old, very active and talks all the time. Loves to play with our Male ( Named BINKS) 12 yr. old Black cat we took in 10 yr.’s ago, that was a stray. Both cats seem to have picked us. Both are very spoiled cats now.
Debbie Kavanda says
My three granddaughters and I are the proud owners of a tortoiseshell we named “Luna” !! Her face is half orange half black which made us think of an eclipse of the “moon” ! Our “Luna” has PLENTY of “tortitude” !!
My mom had a tortie named Muffin. She called her her Rolls Royce as you couldn’t hear her purr. When you put your hand on her throat, it was vibrating. She could open the basement door that had a hard plastic cover on the doorknob. Shed put a paw on each side,keep jiggling it until opened.
Today, I rescued a tortie named Freckles from a house we are looking to buy. Her owners abandoned her. She is in need if urgent vet care, as she seems to have a tumor in her sinus and or bad teeth. Poor sweet cat is 14 years old they told us. She is home with me right now, vet visit in the morning. I fell in love with her the day we were shown the house. How could anyone abandon their senior pet in need of vet care? I will give her the best years of her life starting now. She will know love and human kindness. Hopefully we can improve her health and make her happy.
Tiffany Barrett says
I just adopted a sweet little Tortie who is just around 8 wks. old. I named her Ember. I just brought her home yesterday and she’s the sweetest thing. As soon as you get close to her she purrs super loud. I can’t wait to see more of her personality and how she grows!
I have a lovely tortie with half and half face markings and the most beuatiful green eyes. I rescued her from the cat shelter last year and it was love at first sight. She is a very small cat and as a kitten tiny. Yet she stood her ground and boxed a bigger cat who was trying to bully her. When I growled at the other cat to leave her alone, she looked at me and walked right up, sniffed my foot and sat behind me. The shelter guy said she was a stressed cat and so she came with warnings. I don’t know what had happened to her, however it was not just a physical rescue – it was an emotional one too. She received love consistently n matter what she did and eventually – after about 8 months she started changing, becoming more loving and affectionate. She is the most challenging cat I have ever had at home, however the fight to reclaim her was worth it. She now has the most adorable personality to match her unique looks. She can be a little distant at times and then all of a sudden demanding. I wouldn’t change a thing and couldn’t imagine life without her.
Jay jones says
So we just moved into a new house in South Georgia. When sitting on the porch smoking a cigarette I noticed something moving in the bushes, but couldn’t see it till it looked at me directly with its big bright green/blue eyes.
When me and my girlfriend finally coaxed it out of the bush I noticed just how beautiful of a cat it was. He is a longer hair tortie. But notice I say he. I’m reading these cats are really rare in the male form, but I’ve personally seen him spray around our yard, so that makes him a male correct?
He is friendly, and even comes all the way up to my girlfriend and I in the mornings to get him some food and a little petting, (by the way his fur is super soft).
One time my girlfriend picked him up and tried bringing him into the house, not a good idea as he was trying to jump through closed windows and meowing super loud.
Could someone tell me if there is a way to turn this beautiful cat into a house cat I stead of a yard cat?
Maureen Henry says
I just adopted a beautiful 4 month old Tortie, her name is Raven.
My tortoiseshell was born in my bedroom. Her mother is all black. Her father was a stray orange tabby. She was the only baby in a litter of 4 who lived as by the time we realized the kittens were born to early to suckle, it was too late for the other 3. Although we tube fed and bottle fed our tortoiseshell until she could suckle on her mom, at 1 years old, she has attitude! We named her Murder Mittens! Murder Mittens lives up to her name. Once in a blue moon she will snuggle. Otherwise she tricks you into petting her just so she can tear you apart. We had hoped getting her fixed and getting older would mellow her out. Nope. She is bigger than her mother and plays very rough with her mom, only to see her snuggling with her mom a few minutes later. Mittens for short, will demand treats and will make sure you do not eat or sleep until you give in. Her attitude is something else, but I still wouldn’t give her up. Maybe someday we will get more snuggles as she loves kisses, but only on her terms. 1 thing I do love about her, I had a friend pass away and she dried every one of my tears. Out of our 6 cats, she was the most affectionate. 4 black (3 boys and 1 female) 1 Brown Female Tabby, and I love my tortie girl the best!!
Pamela Haymond says
My tortie’s name is Princess Phoebe Petunia Poopski and she is a beauty. My son brought her to me during the beginning of the pandemic. She was feral and very scared. My son left, moving to another state, my 19 year old dog died, and I was left alone with this crazy little cat, who was hiding under the house, and who screamed when she saw me. I just kept moving her food bowl closer and closer to the house, until one day I looked down, and she was standing next to the bed, looking so uncertain. I reached down and gently picked her up, and she started to purr. Now we’re so close, and I love her so much. She talks and talks, and loves to snuggle. She also “kneads” me with her claws out (never had a cat do that) but she doesn’t mean to hurt.
My cats name is Tuna Fey
Yea, I have a tortie. Her name is Fatty, though the name is absolutely opposite to her structure. I do agree with many of your words as Fatty made me an animal lover, animal rescuer, animal therapist, animal communicator. She also brought back, love of my life along with prosperity and happiness and fame. She does have an attitude and used to admire my GSD. She’s an alpha female and very picky about food. She hates human kids, she would rather stay inside the room when kids are around. Though I never understood this trait of her. She’s an apple of my eye. Most importantly, I never knew that she was a tortie when I had rescued this tiny little kitten. People around me along with my daughter, hubby and friends, knows how much she means to me. At the moment while I am writing this comment, I am babysitting her kitten, while she is having her food.
Jodi Topping says
My tortie adopted me! She was actually a feral cat who gave birth under my front deck. We rehomed her babies and took her in. She is very affectionate and has a million dollar personality! Her name is Snickers, like the candy bar. Her name comes from the fact that her chin is half black and half Carmel color like the Snickers candy bar!
Sharlee Mosher says
My Tortie chose her home. She ran up a tree in my yard. A yard mind you with 5 big dogs ranging from a Husky to a Rotweiler. I got a ladder and rescued her from the tree. A very strong willed cat now 1 year old not even close to being afraid of the dogs.
We have a beautiful 12 week old. Does anyone else have a problem with their Torie trying to “escape”? Every time the door opens she bolt. She stands and the door and scratches and cries. I just cant stand the idea of her being outside. I’m afraid she will run off and not come back. She has a very sting attitude and very vocal. Anyone have any suggestions?
I rescued my Tortie who came out of nowhere in my yard was not even 4 weeks old and she was very sick took us a year and she actually is cured when I was told she would never be normal she is over a year old now constantly tried to escape outside I’m too scared as well to let her out but she loves jumping on my shoulder and laying around my neck she talks to me fights with me I’m pregnant and when I’m sick she lays by my stomach and always makes me feel better she has def brought fortune and happiness into our home as well as luck she’s my baby girl and everyone loves her she’s the coolest cat half blonde half black with many different names from Luna to pretty girl to reeces
Tanya McMurry says
I rescued a tortie about 4 months ago from a local gas station. When i first petted her she was so starved that i could feel every bone in her body, and i mean every single one. She allowed me to pick her up and carry her all the way home. We fed her all she could possibly eat and when she was done shed find me and deliberately curl up either uder my legs (if they were bent) or any where on me she could and sleept for days. If i moved or tried to move her she wiuld meow in protest. I named her stormie for her coloring looks like a night sky full of brutal storm clouds Little did i know that she was really a storm herself. To myself and my husband ( but me mainly) she is a sweet cuddly lap cat satisfied to lie on her back (just like a dog) and have me rub her belly for hours until she fell asleep. But then one day about 3 weeks ago i found a cute furbaby wondering who couldnt have been more than 6 to 8 weeks old crying out for help. So me being the animal lover i am i brought her hone…….ooops. Stormie has actua)y moved herself outside as she wont even come inside the house as long as Bella is there. Lord forbid Bella come anywhere near me in Stormies sight. SHE HISSES AND GROWLS AND SHOWS HER DISAPPROVAL VERY CLEARLY. Stormie still to this day has not even remotely warmed up to Bella but bella has overcome her fear of stormie and charges at her like a bull and now its storie whos running like a scaredy cat all while hissing. Its cute to watch but really distressing as well as stressful to deal with. Sadly im at a loss on how to get them to tolerate eachother. ANY SUGGESTIONS. I MISS MY STORMIE CUDDLES. BUT I WONT TRADE BELLA FOR ANYTHING EITHER. IS IT POSSIBLE TO EVER GET THEM TO GET ALONG..
I adopted a tortoiseshell cat as a kitten. She definitely has the tortitude lol. I named her Cashka she’s almost three years old now. She very strong spirited and a ball of energy who always keeps me on my toes. I’m so happy to have my little fur ball in my life. She’s to smart for her own good sometimes. I love her with my whole heart
My tortie found me, she was about 9 weeks old & was hiding under my car, I named her Cat Benatar. She’s now almost 2 & DEFINITELY has the toritatude. She is very playful when she wants to be but for the most part wants to be on the highest platform of her tower.
We went to shelter in May to see three other cats as an emotional support animal for a special needs adult. The one we brought home was not on the list but when they say cats pick their owner believe it she was considered not very sociable. My son wasn’t sure about a tortie colored cat and I wasn’t sure about a 14 pound cat, but even after putting her down she crawled into my tote bag. She was determined to be ours. 3 months in and it was like she was always ours. Maui’kai is a 2 year old 14+ pound “kitten”. Playful, energetic, little diva and a cuddler and my son loves pointing out all the different colors. I think he even forgot he wanted a yellow cat.
I have the best best little tortilla ever. Her name is Lucy and is 14 yrs old. She knows what she wants and is very vocal about it. She is the most caring and faithful friend. When I’m not feeling well she knows it and doesn’t leave my side. Dog people who dont believe a cat can be a loyal companion, think again. They are amazing.
We adopted 2 Torties last year First Willow I would describe as torbie with white trim, I think she might be from the snow shoe breed she is loud likes water and steals stuff, and definitely has tortitude. Then we got Juniper she is a dilute tortie, mostly grey, she is much more mellow, but definitely has a crazy side. We waited 6 years to bring a new cat into our home, (We lost our last cat in 2016 at 22 years old, he was a beautiful lilac point siamese with no tail). We are so happy to have loving pets in our home again.
I am blessed to have a beautiful long haired tortie with one hazel eye and one brown. Her name is Ethyl Mae Mertz affectionally called Emm or Emmer Beans. Emm is quite talkative and loves belly rubs. She is tiny little princess weighing barely 5 pounds at age 4. And is most definitely the alpha cat in our household.
She sounds lovely 🙂
I lost my Tortie last summer at 21. It was love at 1st sight when we saw each other when she was 7wks old. My heart cracked open when she had to leave me. Her name was “Squeaky Boots”. She squeaked as a kitten and had extra toes on her front paws. The kitten squeaks became a whole vocabulary of loving sounds and a purr as big as a lion’s. She held my heart when it was too heavy for me. ‘There is no greater earthly privilege than to be loved by a Tortie’
My Laney is the sweetest cat I’ve ever had the privilege of sharing life with! I adopted her from the humane society where she chose me by licking the tip of my nose after I had asked if she wanted to come home with me! She is now 12 and still plays with toys, gets the zoomies, and chases around with her siamese snowshoe brother Milo. She always wants to be near or on me and is super affectionate and cuddly. Her only “tortitude” is constantly getting on the kitchen counter despite all attempts to curb this behavior. I love her infinitely and I’m so lucky to be here mama.
Marci Schmidt says
Today is my beautiful Lucy’s 7 th birthday! She is gentle, sweet and shy…I am her “person”!
I found her on cat adoption day at Pets Mart. There she was on the top shelf of cages. As I held my breath, waiting for my turn to see a cat, a little boy had her in his arms…the moment he handed her back, I pretty much shouted “ that’s my cat!”
It was love at first sight..For both of us! She had a “ brother “…a beautiful Bombay. Love them both…unconditionally!
Sandra Palmer says
Jamethiel (the rescue named her J’Lo and I had to change that.) has a genetic disease that causes her to need meds every day. We still love her. She’s not a lap cat, which I can understand since she has to “tortured” every day with nasty tasting stuff being squirted into her mouth. She’s generally pretty quiet unless she wants something or is objecting to something. She does feel that she is entitled to certain things. For instance Ham lived in the refrigerator and she feels that she should get some if you open the refrigerator door. Or if you are cooking with certain raw meats. And heaven forbid you have your one cup of coffee and forget to give her a tablespoon of cream. She has NO sense of humor which can make a bit of trouble living with the other two cats. She’s totally businesslike. She also manages to catch mice and birds when on a tie out in the yard while I garden. She loves the daylights out of me, and I’m the one that squirts stuff in her mouth. She avoids my husband in the main since he’s the one who holds her for me at medicine time.