Hey, hey, hey! It’s Tortie Tuesday! First of all, like the tabby, tortoiseshell (tortie) is a color pattern, NOT a breed of cat. Did you know that “torties” are really a “solid” colored cat? For example, my girl, Ushi, is the product of the mating of a red solid father, and a black solid mother. All the kittens in her litter were tortie AND female. This is because the gene for the color red is carried on the female X chromosome. So torties are predominately female, but there are exceptions!
There are many myths and legends about tortie cats, one of those being their “unique” attitude called “tortitude”. It is a real thing? UC Davis did a study on “tortitude”. The results showed that the majority of tortoiseshell and calico cat owners described their cats as stubborn and strong-willed! I wouldn’t say that my Ushi is stubborn, but she certainly is demanding and a bit of a “diva” (as you can see in her video)! 😂
Tortoiseshell cats are unique felines with brilliant color patterns, unique personalities, and a rich history. If you are looking for that unique kitty in your life with a bit of attitude (or “tortitude”), then go and find yourself a tortie! I am certainly glad that I did!! Do you have a tortie of your own that you love, or have a feline with a unique tortoiseshell color pattern? Show off your torties in the comments!!😻 Go to the link below, if you want to read MORE about the infamous tortie! Stay tuned tomorrow for Whisker Wednesday!! https://www.catster.com/cats-101/facts-about-tortoiseshell-cats #mousseecoons