This is a common question often asked by owners of tortoiseshell cats. We know that ‘torties’ have plenty of tortitude, but how large can you expect your tortoiseshell cat to be when she is fully grown?There are a few things that it is useful to understand when considering how big tortoiseshell cats will grow. The … Read more How Big do Tortoiseshell Cats Get?
Have you ever been sitting comfortably in your favourite chair when suddenly your tortie cat leaps onto your lap and starts kneading you with her front paws one after the other? She is often purring loudly and can appear to be very relaxed-almost in a trance. This behaviour has been compared to kneading dough and is … Read more Why do Tortoiseshell Cats Knead?
The warm and sunny weather has been very welcome in the last few weeks after the long, wet and miserable winter that we have been through. We are sure that your tortie did not enjoy the rain, dark and floods – and they probably spent most of the winter curled up in a warm and … Read more Tortoiseshell cats in spring
If you are bringing your tortoiseshell kitten into your home as early as is recommended (which is around 10-12 weeks), then something that you will soon need to consider is to have her neutered, or spayed. Tortoiseshell kittens reach sexual maturity between the age of 5 to 8 months, so you should start making plans … Read more Tortoiseshell Cat Neutering
This is a common question among tortoiseshell cat owners. A classic tortoiseshell cat will have a mainly black coat, with patches and flecks of orange and white mixed in a brindled type pattern. This pattern creates a lovely coat that really makes tortoiseshell cats stand out and look very beautiful! The brindled pattern tends to develop … Read more Difference between a tortoiseshell cat and a calico
Now that we are truly into the depths of winter, it is time to make sure that your tortoiseshell cat has everything that she needs to stay warm and healthy during the cold and dark winter months. If your tortie enjoys exploring outside, then there is no reason that you should not continue to let … Read more Tortoiseshell cats in winter
A male tortoiseshell cat is very rare, as over 99.96% of tortoiseshell cats are female. Cats are the same as humans in that two X chromosomes make for a female cat and a male cat will have one X and one Y chromosome. The reason that male tortoiseshell cats are so rare is that two … Read more Male tortoiseshell cat
A blue tortoiseshell cat has a patched coat that is a variation of the tortoiseshell pattern. Although most torties will have a brindled coat with very few white patches and colours including black, red, orange and brown – there are several variations and the blue tortoiseshell cat has a coat that includes blue and cream … Read more Blue Tortoiseshell Cat
Tortoiseshell cats are very inquisitive animals, and although some cats are happy to stay indoors you will probably find that your tortie loves to get out to prowl in the garden and explore her territory in the neighbourhood. However, even if she is out and about for much of the day, it is recommended to … Read more How to keep your cat indoors at night