The dictionary definition of hypoallergenic is “not likely to cause an allergic reaction” So the question is; are tortoiseshell cats less likely than other cats to cause a problem to people who are allergic to cats? Why are some people allergic to cats? Cat allergies in people are caused by the body’s … Read more Are Tortoiseshell Cats Hypoallergenic?
Do you ever see your tortoiseshell cat cat nibbling your lawn? Why would a cat feel it necessary to eat grass? After all, you feed them plenty of food (wet or dry) so what is the reason for them adding to their diet? There are various theories: 1. Some cats vomit after eating grass and some … Read more Why do Tortoiseshell Cats Eat Grass?
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 X chromosomes … 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