“Tortitude” – The Unique Personality of Tortoiseshell Cats

tortitude tortoiseshell cat personality

Tortoiseshell cats are named for their distinctive coloring – a combination of patches of black, brown, amber, red, cinnamon and chocolate.  The size of the patches varies from a fine speckled pattern to large areas of color.  The term “tortoiseshell” is used for cats with brindled coats that have few or no white markings.  Cats of this coloring with larger areas of white fur are called calicos. Sometimes, these colors present in lighter versions such as lilac or cream.  Torties with this lighter coloring are called dilute torties.  Occasionally, the typical tortoiseshell colors are also seen in a tabby (striped) pattern, and these cats are sometimes referred to as “torbies.”

Tortoiseshell cats are almost exclusively female.  Tortoiseshell and calico coats are the result of the interaction between genetic and developmental factors.  The occasional and very rare male tortoiseshell cat is the result of a genetic mutation.

In addition to their distinctive coloring, torties also have a reputation for unique personalities, sometimes referred to as “tortitude.”  They tend to be strong-willed, a bit hot-tempered, and they can be very possessive of their human.  Other words used to describe torties are fiercely independent, feisty and unpredictable.  They’re usually very talkative and make their presence and needs known with anything from a hiss to a meow to a strong purr.  These traits are stronger in tortoiseshell cats than in calicos – it seems as though these traits are somewhat diluted with the addition of more white to the color scheme.

As of the writing of this post, I share my life with Amber*, and those of you who’ve followed this blog for a while have gotten to know her in her Amber’s Mewsings posts.  You will soon be able to read all about Buckley in Buckley’s Story – Lessons from a Feline Master TeacherThe photo above shows Buckley in the front, Amber behind her.

Prior to Amber and Buckley, there was another tortie in my life.  Virginia was the first office cat at the animal hospital I managed.  She was my introduction to torties, and my love affair with this particular type of cat began with her.  She, too, had the “tortitude” I so love about these particular cats.

Do you have a tortie or calico in your life?  Does she have “tortitude?”

*Sadly, Amber passed away on May 13, 2010, after a sudden, brief illness.  I now share my life with Allegra and Ruby, two tortoiseshell cats who have their own columns here on The Conscious Cat, titled Allegra’s World and Ruby’s Reflections.

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14,254 Comments on “Tortitude” – The Unique Personality of Tortoiseshell Cats

  1. Jay
    September 1, 2015 at 10:54 am (2 hours ago)

    I looked at today’s Calendar. Sept 1’st

    1 year ago I lost my Soul Cat – Stirfry
    Because of her I made many friends here on CC.
    And met a few feline companions of some on here.
    And learned how unique Torties are and how some have Tortitude.
    And some very few have it to the extreme. Steeler and Kasey were her equals. Stir had no back down in her and loved almost no one. But she loved me. I will see her at the Bridge, but for now she is my angel and watching over me.

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    • Ingrid
      September 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm (44 mins ago)

      I can’t believe it’s been a year already. Thinking about you on this anniversary.

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  2. Kate
    August 11, 2015 at 10:06 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Hey all,

    I haven’t posted in some time but wanted to share. We recently moved to a new apartment which my younger two cats (Smudge and Bitsy) took in stride. It was Gus, my adult tabby tom, threw a fit. Not a happy boy is he!

    Smudge, my pastel torti, fascinates me. She is getting more and more color to her coat the older she gets. She’s just past her 2 year mark and when I showed her to the woman who fostered the litter she came from, she didn’t even think it was the same cat! Besides the black & chocolate smudges on her face and her orange ears she has deep mocha spots on her torso and she is getting streaks of orange throughout her entire coat. It looks like she is starting to rust :)

    I was wondering if any of your torties ‘whine’ at you. My Smudge is particularly fond of Temptations kitty treats (aka kitty crack). She has gotten it into her head that any time I lay in my bed she should get treats so she sits and stares at me and makes this pathetic little sound high in her throat. She is so persistant it reminds me of kids in the check-out isle asking mom for candy.

    Such a sad, sad kitty :(

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    • Bernie
      August 11, 2015 at 10:54 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Hi Kate, I had to respond to your comments about Smudge. You asked if any of us have Torties who get their snacks in bed???? HUM, well yes, mine do every night and as soon as they see my eye open in the morning. I had a soul Tortie named Steeler, the light of my cat world. She had been my 1st cat ever. Well I spoiled her rotten. I kept treats under the pillow on my bed for her. She would sleep on the pillow beside me. Yes she would let me know she wanted her treats. Only her way was putting her one paw, with claws extended, and lightly touch my arm. She got her treats and fast. She passed. I now have 2 Torties, Justice and DaJudge and a Russian Blue, Freedom. So if I didn’t know better I would say Steeler has spoken from the kitty heaven and told them about the treats under the pillow routine. I can’t speak for the others, but yes mine get treats in bed day and night. I keep a cover sheet over my blanket just so their “crumbs” don’t get onto my bedcovers. They are picky. There are certain flavored treats they will eat only a part of and leave the rest. So, yes, I share your little ones habit with all 3 of mine. Treats make for happy kittens and they don’t care about the time.
      I truly enjoyed your tale of your Smudge.

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    • Marg
      August 11, 2015 at 11:50 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Kate, Smudge is such a great name for a tortie! I have a friend here in Australia who called her tortie “Egg” because it looked like somebody had thrown scrambled egg at her … My tortie, Gracie, likes to chatter … sometimes it’s hard to keep her quiet! And she likes to be “really helpful” by helping when we put clean sheets on the bed … makes a 5 minute job a job that lasts for 20!

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      • Marg
        August 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm (3 weeks ago)

        They are such funny little critters, our torties. Miss Gracie hates the smell when we open a bottle of valerian sleep tablets, but give her the container when it’s empty (and not washed out …) she’s in cat heaven. She also loves to rub her face against the plug from the hairdryer when it’s just been unplugged (I think it has a weird hot metal smell, but … what would I know?)

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      • Kate
        August 12, 2015 at 9:32 pm (3 weeks ago)

        Ingrid,

        I did love your article :) My little ones always think that my dinner is something that they want to eat but end up turning their noses up too.

        One of the other characteristics about Smudge that makes her so different from my other two cats is the amount of face marking she does. It seems like everytime I look at her she is rubbing up against something. She also makes this really high pitched meow (especially when she is marking everything that I am shedding when I get home from school/work) that sounds like “Mine!”. Cracks me up every time.

        She really likes to smell my shoes for reasons I will NEVER understand! Yuk 😛

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        • Ingrid
          August 13, 2015 at 6:26 am (3 weeks ago)

          Ruby is a “marker,” too, Kate – she’s always rubbing up against everything. “Mine, mine, mine, all mine!”

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    • Jay
      August 25, 2015 at 8:53 pm (7 days ago)

      Kate, all my cats (7 as of now) make different sounds. Frankie (my Tuxie) has a meow with a question mark after it – sound like he is saying Me ?.
      My Tortie Styx has a bark and when eating will come up to my fave a bark at me.
      When eating I rush to the bedroom and close the door. Locking it and placing a chair up against the doorknob might be needed. All mine love people food.
      I have met Bernie’s 4 (Justice, Freedom and DaJudge (Liberty crossed the Bridge) and none of them even pay attention to people food. Now, I did meet Steeler and she loved KFC chicken and sometimes roast beef. And I did get to find her asking for treats under the pillow. She asked once with slightly extended claws. The 2nd time she asked the claws were out and blood was drawn. She was one of those rare Torties that Tortitude was displayed 24/7. She was the boss and very dangerous. My Stirfry and Glen’s Kasey had the exact makeup. Top cat and woe to others that get in their way or piss them off. Now those 3 are waiting across the Bridge for us.

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  3. Gail Nadeau
    August 11, 2015 at 12:49 am (3 weeks ago)

    Haven’t posted in quite awhile, but just wanted to let everyone know that my daughter has joined the torti congregation.

    Come to think of it, though, the pastel torti she adopted many years ago would qualify as well. How could I have forgotten about Callie, known at the shelter years ago as Madonna because of her nasty attitude.

    When we went to see her, however, the shelter volunteers were in absolute shock that “Madonna” allowed us to pick her up and pet her. Usually, she would rip anyone to pieces who tried to pick her up. When my daughter decided to take her I brought in the carrier, and “Madonna” simply walked into it without protest.

    She still has tortitude, but (and this drives my daughter crazy) any time I visit, Callie is purry and sweet and just curls up on my lap and bestows many kisses on me.

    Callie is getting up in years (18) and my daughter’s other cats are also getting older, so she has been thinking about adopting another cat. She was checking the local shelter pages and came across an older bonded pair of a big orange male (Aslan the Great Lion) and his small torti companion (Queen Lucy the Valiant) and fell in love.

    Aslan is 13 and Lucy is 8 and both were found as strays together several months ago and are totally bonded. They had been at the shelter for some time and no one seemed to be interested in them, but my daughter (I guess I raised her right) knew she wanted them.

    I went to visit them today, and they are great cats. Little Lucy is the more gregarious one and obviously will soon be exhibiting her tortitude!

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    • Ingrid
      August 11, 2015 at 6:14 am (3 weeks ago)

      Congratulations on your new grand-cats, Gail! I love the names!

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    • Jay
      August 25, 2015 at 9:04 pm (7 days ago)

      Gail, so nice to hear a story on Tortie adoptions and what a perfect pair. So glad she took them both. Tortie pick their companions and love them fully Both feline and human. Once accepted you are never forgotten. Bernie Tortie’s Justice and DJ would come to see me hours after I swtopped to visit. But when Justice had a near death experience and I helped her thru it, she now rushes to greet me when I stop in. Torties never forget.

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    • Thomas
      August 28, 2015 at 2:54 am (4 days ago)

      Great names! I love “Queen Lucy the Valiant” :-) I just adopted a new tortie and named ner Cleopatra. Just in case anyone ele is looking for a list of tortoiseshell names, I found hers here:

      http://catnamescity.com/tortoiseshell-cat-names/

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  4. Glen
    August 10, 2015 at 8:32 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I wonder if anyone else’s cats do this;

    If I leave the house on a non-work day, Gigi will wait at the back door for me.

    Last Saturday, I went out and she saw me go.

    I came back about an hour and a half later, and she was curled up by the back door waiting. This is the only time she curls up by the back door, it is not one of her preferred spots, otherwise, so I know she was there to wait for me.

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    • Bernie
      August 10, 2015 at 9:31 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Glen, Gigi has become your shadow baby. I think it is great she waits for you to come back in when she knows it is not a work day.I would say she is rather intelligent. My Steeler would lay in the sunroom and greet me when I came in from outside. Whether I went shopping or working outdoors, she would be there, always. Now this crew, well, they are something like, oh well, she’s back. The have become to comfortable and “lazy” to even greet me when I come home form being away.

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    • Ingrid
      August 11, 2015 at 6:15 am (3 weeks ago)

      There’s nothing better than a cat waiting for you to come home. Since I work from home, the only time I get to see that anymore is if I come back from errands or another outing around feeding time. :-) Then, both girls are sitting at the top of the stairs (I live in a split foyer home) waiting for me to come home.

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    • Jay
      August 25, 2015 at 9:13 pm (7 days ago)

      Glen, unlike Bernie’s cats (who will greet you maybe), mine are always there to see me when I get home. I work 2nd shift so 12:30 – 12:45 as soon as I walk in the door there is a line. Right now Tabasco and Onyx (my kittens) rush to be 1st. Frankie loves attention so it usually right behind with Diver not close behind. Eclipse who once was feral will come to see me and will scratch at a post or tower to show me how dangerous he is. Styx will come to get her greeting and Arianrhod (my Goddess) will grace me with her presence and allow me to pet her fur.

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  5. Linda
    August 2, 2015 at 4:09 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Hi there. I’m so glad I found this article. I’ve never owned a tortie before and this describes my baby girl to a T. She’s what you mentioned is known as a diluted tortie. She has dark grey, cream and ginger coloring. She’s 2 years old and whenever people comment on her, I say, She’s little but feisty. She dominates her much larger calico sister and tries to face off against raccoons. She does have a temper but fortunately if you annoy her, she just gets up and leaves. We always say she has two speeds, full speed and asleep. She’s also pretty friendly. She’ll come check out new people while her sister hides and actually tries to befriend dogs and other cats. I’ve never had another cat like her. Thanks so much for the article. It explains soooo much. :)

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    • Ingrid
      August 2, 2015 at 4:16 pm (4 weeks ago)

      “Full speed and asleep” – that’s a good description for a tortie, Linda!

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  6. Glen
    July 26, 2015 at 10:28 am (1 month ago)

    It is funny to me how some cats will select a favorite territory; Gigi is very definite.

    She has the full run of the house and is comfortable anywhere there and divides her time through most of the house, but she voluntarily spends a lot of time in the basement.

    The basement is unfinished but is dry, heated to 70F in the winter, cool in the summer with enough windows to allow light in, nicely. It is cluttered here and has numerous cat beds and a large cat tree. I also have my computer there.

    Gigi likes to have me there with her. For some reason, she loves to lay on a cat bed about 5 feet away from my computer and just watch me and visit.

    If I am upstairs, she tries to lure me into the basement. If I start walking to the vicinity of the stairs, she runs ahead and tries to “trick” me into chasing her downstairs, with the expectation that I will stay there.

    It is funny to see her run down the stairs. Her back legs work just fine but due to her size and short legs, when she is in a hurry, she hops down the stairs with both back legs kicking in unison, which makes for an amusing sight when you are following her.

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    • Ingrid
      July 26, 2015 at 4:35 pm (1 month ago)

      With Allegra and Ruby, their preferences of where they like to hang out vary, sometimes with the seasons, and sometimes, for no discernible (at least not to me) reason.

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    • Bernie
      August 11, 2015 at 10:59 pm (3 weeks ago)

      My girls hang out in whatever room I am in. They shadow me around the house. The Matriarch of the 3, Freedom, says if you want my presence you will have to come to me. The forties, are like, hey mom, what are you doing, we can help. Trust me. They are great help. I usually just end up laughing and quitting whatever I am doing and just pay attention to them. That is what they want if I am busy, they want me to pay attention to them.

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  7. Jay
    July 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm (1 month ago)

    Today I took my car to my automechanic to get inspected. While there I saw a Tortie cat walk into the shop. I got my camera out to take a picture. When I did Dave, the Mechanic said “Don’t take my cat”. (9 months ago I aguired a small panther that Bernie named Onyx from his car lot late one night). His son then brought out a little black cat from her latest litter. I found out that this is Onyx’s step brother as his mom was that Tortie. Seems that evven when I get new additions to my family, there is always a Tortie involved.

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    • Marg
      July 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm (1 month ago)

      Oh oh … is this number 8?

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      • Bernie
        July 22, 2015 at 10:19 pm (1 month ago)

        Marg, NO please NO MORE. I hope Jay reads this. Enough already. He will fill the house and have to live in the barn soon. :)

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    • Harry
      July 22, 2015 at 9:31 pm (1 month ago)

      Jay I hope you gently – well, maybe not so gently – suggested that he get the mom spayed!!

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      • Bernie
        July 22, 2015 at 10:21 pm (1 month ago)

        Harry, I don’t think Jay told him. However, this is may be one of those cases where it may not be heeded or received well. I hope he would get her spayed. I agree with you.

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        • Marg
          July 22, 2015 at 10:24 pm (1 month ago)

          Harry, Bernie, couldn’t agree with you more. Poor old mama cat … our second cat was a stray who had at least a couple of litters before we managed to catch her and get her desexed. She was my first Tortie (Cheeky). She was such a little feisty thing, I’m sure her growth was stunted because she was having kittens when she was only a baby herself.

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          • Bernie
            July 22, 2015 at 10:48 pm (1 month ago)

            Maybe Jay can approach the subject with him. They do have a TNR program in the area and it is inexpensive. I will mention it to Jay when I talk to him. Some people just don’t see the problem they are causing by not doing TNR. I am also a strong proponent of chipping. If someone is going to let their little ones out, then there should be a chip and collar so if it gets lost someone can return it.

      • Jay
        July 23, 2015 at 8:55 am (1 month ago)

        Hey all, that’s the 1st thing I told him. Pet Pantry in Lancaster only charges $10 to spay or neuter. He was not interested. He has his shop on his farm.

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  8. Susan
    July 20, 2015 at 11:31 pm (1 month ago)

    It has now been 4 weeks since I adopted Mozaic, and it has gone so well! I still miss Zesty terribly, but having the two girls to focus on really helps. I knew I had to get another tortie, and she is so cute, and is playful and affectionate and is getting along amazingly well with Topaz too.

    She had been hidden away in a shelter for at least two years (they estimate she is 3) and luckily I found her quite by chance, since she was not listed anywhere.

    We both had to endure her two weeks in isolation (in my small apartment’s bathroom) while waiting for a clean bill of health but she has had the run of the place since July 6. We also both had to endure giving her the most awful tasting (or so I have read) medicine as a precaution since she tested positive for giardia antibodies, twice a day for 12 days. I was off from work and she hid under the bed almost the whole time from July 6 til I went back to work July 14. Who could blame her. But she has not hidden since the 14th and is a delight.

    She had had so many firsts, the first full night spent sleeping on the bed with me and Topaz two nights ago, jumping up into my lap while I was at my desk today. (she would climb into my lap when I sat on the floor, but this time she jumped up into my lap.) I never saw a cat go so berserk as she did the first and so far only time I played with her with a laser.

    I saw Topaz go to her today and lowered her head so that Mozaic would groom the top of her head (like I had seen her do countless times over the years with Zesty), but Mozaic had no idea what to do apparently, but I thought that was a great sign all the same.

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    • Ingrid
      July 21, 2015 at 6:05 am (1 month ago)

      It sounds like things are going wonderfully well, Susan, I’m so glad. A little tip if you ever have to give Metronidazole again: place the tablet inside a gel capsule before giving it, that way, the cat won’t taste it.

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      • Susan
        July 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm (1 month ago)

        thanks Jay, but this was liquid, given with a syringe.

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    • Jay
      July 21, 2015 at 8:36 am (1 month ago)

      Congrats Susan on you newest family member. She now has a forever home and will have so many firsts. The laser is always a fun toy. My Pumpkin would come running when I yelled LASER!!!!. As to grooming Mozaic will learn. Onyx learned when Diver started to groom him.

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      • Susan
        July 25, 2015 at 9:16 pm (1 month ago)

        thanks Jay, I told Topaz she needs to teach her, lol, I am so pleased how quickly they are getting along

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    • Bernie
      July 22, 2015 at 10:51 pm (1 month ago)

      Susan sounds like your little ones are getting well adjusted to each other. Mozaic will learn the grooming by Topaz. It takes a little time, but they seem to have an instinct to return the favors.

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    • Kate
      August 12, 2015 at 1:31 am (3 weeks ago)

      Susan,

      I have been wondering about this “bowing so the top of my head can be groomed” behavior. The only cat in my brood of three that does this is my tortie Smudge and she only asks her sister Bitsy to do it…never my other cat Gus though they get along fine.

      I often think Bitsy gets the short end of the stick since Smudge is a shorthair and has never had a hairball as far as I can tell. Bitsy on the other hand is a longhair and is constantly working to keep up the grooming. She never gets any help and I can’t say the same about this half-pint not having hairballs. :(

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  9. Jay
    July 20, 2015 at 12:49 pm (1 month ago)

    An announcement – over the weekend I got a call from my brother-in-law. Their landlord found out they had a cat ( it was his daughters who came home) and said they have to get rid of it. He was going to take it to a shelter. The cat looks like Dewey – The Library Cat from the book. His name was Little Bit, but it did not fit. I was asked to use the name Tabasco after a friends cat who is FIV. The name fits. I put up some pics on my FB page.
    Now I have . Catching up to the Shubins :)

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    • Marg
      July 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm (1 month ago)

      Love the name, Jay … and he is just so adorable … You could have called him Sriracha … ! Your brood is expanding … but I guess there’s always enough room and enough love for more … !

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    • Glen
      July 20, 2015 at 9:05 pm (1 month ago)

      I saw the pictures, a young “orange guy” :)

      I have found that orange guys are usually active and slow to grow up, mentally.

      Taz fit that description up to about age 10, at 3 Timmy is very much in that mode 😉

      Tabasco looks to be quite friendly in the pictures, doing the head butt at a young age.

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    • Ingrid
      July 21, 2015 at 7:43 am (1 month ago)

      Congratulations on your new family member, Jay – he’s gorgeous!

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    • Jay
      July 21, 2015 at 8:51 am (1 month ago)

      Thank you Marg, Ingrid & Glen.
      I meant to say 7 as to the number of cats. That key doesn’t always work unless pushed hard.
      Tabasco is VERY active. Playing with, or attempting to, Onyx, Frank, Diver, Styx and Eclipse. Arianrhod keeps her distance – Goddesses should be approached only when given permission. Diver hissed at him the 1st day but now ignores him or watches. Frankie and Onyx play with him often. He was an only cat at my brother-in-laws and was scratching the FUNnature. Here is is too busy too. As to growing up – Frankie hasn’t yet.

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      • Bernie
        July 22, 2015 at 10:57 pm (1 month ago)

        Footnote: The GODDESS, as Jay calls her, behaves just like that. She says in kitty talk “bow down to me you peasants”. He has her so spoiled, I truly believe she knows what a goddess is.

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    • Bernie
      July 22, 2015 at 10:55 pm (1 month ago)

      Jay, please don’t play catch up with the Shubins. It takes 2 working to keep up with those cats. You are a single paying household. Time to say “The INN is FULL”. Harry, explain the $ to Jay. The older they get, the higher it goes. Having said this, I just love this little orange guy. He is high energy and gosh I haven’t seen that much energy since the energizer bunny.

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  10. Susan
    May 30, 2015 at 9:28 pm (3 months ago)

    I went today to a Petco to see a tortie that I thought I might adopt (it has been just over 6 weeks since I lost Zesty) and I signed the papers and everything, (I do not have her yet, they will keep her for me until early July when I go on vacation) and I can introduce her to Topaz, my remaining kitty.

    But the second I left the store I had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. That is no way to be feeling after getting a kitty and it stopped me cold.

    I think maybe it is too soon, I still miss Zesty so much, or perhaps she is not the right kitty for me.

    I texted the girl I had been dealing with since yesterday and told her how I was feeling. She said nothing is set in stone at this point. I am planning on going to her house Tuesday to see the kitty in a different setting than a Petco, where she seemed stressed.

    Maybe I need to wait until I am not grieving so much, and I had hoped when I found the right cat, I would just know it. And this is the first kitty I have looked at.

    What do you think? Is it normal to feel this way? I don’t want to make a mistake. My overriding thought is that I do not want another cat, I want Zesty.
    Maybe that feeling will lessen in time…I really felt panicked today. Like what had I done.

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    • Jay
      May 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm (3 months ago)

      Zesty can NEVER be replaced so don’t think that way. But when you go to sleep think of Zesty and ask her. Will she want you give a cat a forever home in her name ? I Bernie and my cases cats were sent to us ( Justice and Liberty for Bernie and Onyx and Eclipse to me ). They brought us joy and happiness. But our Torties are our Soul Cats and thought of every day. Storms yesterday and today brought Thunder. We KNOW that was Steeler, Kasey and Stirfry letting us know they are OK and watching over us.

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    • Ingrid
      May 31, 2015 at 12:27 am (3 months ago)

      I think it’s absolutely normal to feel this way, Susan. You may simply not to be ready for another cat yet. I wish there was an easy answer, but there just isn’t. It’s different for everyone. I know you know that you can’t ever replace Zesty, but until you’re really ready to open your heart to a new cat, you may want to wait a little longer.

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      • Susan
        June 1, 2015 at 11:49 am (3 months ago)

        Thanks Ingrid. I have decided there is no rush. I am going to visit a few shelters and meet lots of cats (yay) and fall in love with many I am sure, and when it feels right, I will bring a new forever cat home with me. I am still going to see Claire tomorrow after work as well.

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    • Kate
      May 31, 2015 at 12:03 pm (3 months ago)

      Susan,

      I truly know the feeling that you are describing. As Ingrid said, you may not be ready for another cat but only you can know the answer that is in your heart.

      One question I have…was signing the papers at Petco on this tortie an impulse thing or “I’m in love with this cat” thing? Even if you felt that instant connection with this kitten while you were with him/her, I think that having doubts once you were separated could happen to anyone. Especially someone that had such love for a soul cat like Zesty.

      I know you want Zesty back. I lost a pet almost 10 years ago and still come to tears when I think of him. But just like people, the love for our animals isn’t the same. It doesn’t mean that you will never love a cat as much as Zesty, but it will always be a little bit different. But different doesn’t mean better or worse.

      You won’t be betraying Zesty by giving another cat a forever home. But I would implore you not to make an impulsive decision either.

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      • Glen
        May 31, 2015 at 3:40 pm (3 months ago)

        There are a number of us, here, that have lost soul cats, Steeler and Stirfry come to mind, along with my “Warrior Queen”, Kasey.

        Intellectually, I knew Kasey was older when I rescued her and that she would not be with me as long as I would have liked. I thought I was prepared for her loss, but of course, I was really not.

        My situation was different, Gigi needed a home while Kasey was still with us, we took her in. Ingrid has posted her story;

        http://consciouscat.net/2015/05/27/tortoiseshell-cat-prevents-house-fire/

        Kasey, who was normally very dominant with other cats, actually accepted Gigi and was never aggressive with her.

        After I lost Kasey, even with Gigi here, I looked for torti cats and kittens that were up for adoption. I guess it was an attempt to cope.

        Maybe if Gigi had not come along, I think I would have looked harder and brought one home.

        I realized that even if I brought one home, she would not be Kasey and someone said that I already had a torti, Gigi, who needed me and was starting to bond, here.

        Gigi is not Kasey, obviously; she is very different. However, she has her own qualities that I really appreciate and she and I have formed a tight bond. I am very pleased we gave this big girl a chance.

        Everyone is different in how they react, I could comment on what I would do but that’s me, the others have made some good points.

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        • Susan
          June 1, 2015 at 11:52 am (3 months ago)

          Thanks Glen! I appreciate hearing everyone’s thoughts on the matter. I will get out there to a bunch of shelters and meet a lot of cats and perhaps fall in love with many, and when the time feels right, I will bring a new forever cat home with me (and perhaps, if not a tortie, a tabby, they speak to me in some way and are so beautiful.)

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      • Susan
        June 1, 2015 at 11:57 am (3 months ago)

        Hi Kate,

        Thanks for your time in commenting, I appreciate it. I did not ‘fall in love’ with her on the spot, but it was not an optimum place to meet her, she was stressed just being there and I did not even try to hold her, but tomorrow after work I will go to where she lives (she has been there 2 years, with 15 other cats presently) and meet her where she is most comfortable and see…

        I know I will get another cat, if Topaz allows it (she is 14 and it was the three of us for the last 10 years) … but I have decided not to rush it, but just go visit a lot of local shetlers and meet lots of awesome cats and see what happens. No matter when I adopt, there will always been tons of cats needing forever homes. It breaks my heart that every cat cannot have a forever home, it really does.

        My dream if I could afford it, is to have a shelter with lots and lots of cats, but it would have to be done right, with vets on site, and people there just to socialize with the kitties and lots of space and a safe outdoor environment as well. It will probably never happen but it is still my dream.

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        • Kate
          June 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm (3 months ago)

          What a beautiful dream!

          I think your plan is a good one and I have no doubt that you’ll meet a furry friend that will steal your heart (and maybe Topaz’s as well).

          My heart also breaks for every animal that needs a forever home. Just this weekend a friend was trying to sucker me into adopting another cat. I had to stand firm though it was extremely hard! But I live in a small one bedroom with 3 cats already, I’m a woman and I’m single. If that isn’t the Crazy Cat Lady starter pack I don’t know what is. :)

          Good luck in your search. My thoughts are with you as you let Zesty pass over the bridge.

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          • Susan
            June 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm (3 months ago)

            Love the crazy cat lady starter pack!

            I am single (divorced) as well and in a small one bedroom apartment and would love to have 3 cats, but the limit is two here (I have been tempted to sneak a third at times in the past.)

            That is my other dream, to be a crazy cat lady, lol, nothing sounds better!

  11. Glen
    May 25, 2015 at 8:29 pm (3 months ago)

    Tim met up with a bit of tortitude today.

    Gigi is a “kinder, gentler” torti and usually puts up with and/or runs away from his immature foolishness. his is unlike Kasey, whom he respected and feared.

    However, tonight was different.

    Gigi was sprawled in the sun room in font of the screen on one of the patio doors, she loves to sniff the outside air.

    Tim came up to her and did that sit with an aggressive posture in front of her, ready to pounce. This looks funny because he is small for coming up on three years old, he is barley 9 pounds, but she usually runs away from the youngster.

    This time, she rolled on her side into the typical defensive posture and gave him the stare that said “if you come within reach, I will open up a can of torti, and pour it all over you”.

    He spun around and retreated, giving her a wide berth for the rest of the time she chose to be in the sun-room.

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    • Susan
      May 25, 2015 at 9:03 pm (3 months ago)

      love the “if you come within reach, I will open up a can of torti, and pour it all over you”. LOL!

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    • Ingrid
      May 26, 2015 at 6:23 am (3 months ago)

      “I will open up a can of torti” – love it! Sounds like Tim is smart enough to know when he’s crossed the line. :-)

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    • Jay
      May 26, 2015 at 10:26 am (3 months ago)

      Sounds like Tim has gotten smarter as he grows up.

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    • Jay
      May 26, 2015 at 10:30 am (3 months ago)

      But we all know what Kasey would have done. Tim would have run thru the wall leaving a cartoon image as he got away from her. No one messes with a Full Tortie.

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      • Glen
        May 26, 2015 at 12:24 pm (3 months ago)

        Tim pushes the line pretty hard, but he does know when it is best not to.

        Kasey was with us for the first year of having Tim.

        With Kasey, the event I described would not even have begun.

        One time when he was about six months old, I happened to see an example of this.

        Kasey was on one side of a piece of furniture, unseen, but Tim heard her.

        A sound was good enough for him, he crouched, then spring and launched himself as he rounded the corner (he was likely hoping it was Taz, assuming he planned that far ahead).

        When he saw who it was he assumed an extreme air of panic and while it doesn’t seem possible, he defied the laws of physics and aborted his leap in mid air.

        Even though he was only six months old and full of kitten exuberance, he wanted no part of the Warrior Queen.

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        • Jay
          May 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm (3 months ago)

          Glen, I can picture that. Same as the Sat. Cartoons – Tim putting on the air brakes and legs kicking, turning around and going the other way full speed. No one wants to piss off the Warrior Queen.

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  12. Lyndsay
    May 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm (3 months ago)

    I have a muted tortie named Meka. She is special in her own because she has congestive heart failure too. But that does not stop her! She was diagnosed last year at about 9 months old. I wish I could show you all a picture, because she is just beautiful. Long haired with some white on her chin and paws, looks like she is a Maine coon honestly. She was a rescue from an apartment that was empty. The renters left her :-( she was so skinny and cute. But Tortitude? She has it all. We call her Satan because she growls to no end when you pick her up. You can’t touch her tail, she will bite or scratch you. But she plays well with my male tabby and gets into my grocery bags everytime I bring them home. She LOVES when I turn the hairdryer on, sits in the bathroom door wide eyed staring at me while I use it. She is a trip. She sleeps at the end of my bed at night when it’s cold, or at the top of my loft stairs when it’s warm. And when she wants love, you better devote a good hour to her. She will hunker down on your lap and expect you not to move. Since this is the only love time you get for the next couple weeks, you do your best not to move. She is a handful, but I love her.

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    • Ingrid
      May 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm (3 months ago)

      Meka sounds like quite a character, Lyndsay! You can post photos on our Facebook page, we’d love to see her!

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    • Jay
      May 26, 2015 at 10:33 am (3 months ago)

      Satan is a wonderful name for a Tortie. Welcome Lyndsay and Meka.

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    • Chels
      July 24, 2015 at 1:53 am (1 month ago)

      “She will hunker down on your lap and expect you not to move. Since this is the only love time you get for the next couple weeks, you do your best not to move.”

      Ahaha, this is so true with my torti too! She always looks so miffed when I get up before her bi-weekly petting is done, she’s like “I pencilled you in for this?!”

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  13. Glen
    May 20, 2015 at 8:53 pm (3 months ago)

    Gigi did something quite extraordinary today.

    I was at work and my wife, who operates a business from home, was preoccupied, working on her computer.

    Gigi came to see her which is not unusual, however, this time she was very active and insistent on getting attention.

    Then when my wife got up, Gigi took off to the kitchen and she followed her.

    There on the electric stove burner was a stainless steel kettle that had been forgotten and boiled dry; it was pretty much getting ready to turn red.

    his was a lucky break, that the Empress had become agitated by this.

    Even after the situation was taken care of, Gigi stayed in the kitchen for a bit, looking at the stove. I guess to make sure all was well.

    I got a call shortly after, telling me how smart Gigi is.

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    • Marg
      May 20, 2015 at 8:57 pm (3 months ago)

      Glen, that is incredible! Not only is Gigi a “rescued” cat, she is also a “rescue” cat! We should never underestimate just how clever these little ones are.

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      • Glen
        May 20, 2015 at 9:37 pm (3 months ago)

        She has impressed me as being a clever cat in the past, but this time she really showed it.

        I was calling her Fire Watch Kitty, this aft.

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    • Marg
      May 20, 2015 at 9:11 pm (3 months ago)

      Glen, that is incredible! Seems to me that you “rescued” Gigi and now she has “rescued” you (and your wife!). Sometimes our little ones are surprisingly clever … !

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      • Marg
        May 20, 2015 at 9:41 pm (3 months ago)

        Hah … I thought I had done something wrong with my first comment, so I rewrote it and posted it again … and Murphy’s Law … now there’s two of them … ! I think it’s going to be one of those days … only got 4 hours sleep last night, was tossing and turning like a log in a river. I finally fell asleep at about 1.45am, only to have Miss Gracie wake me up at 5.45am … ah well … what can you do with you have a personal cat-alarm?

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    • Ingrid
      May 21, 2015 at 6:28 am (3 months ago)

      What an amazing story, Glen! Who needs Lassie when you have Gigi! :-)

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    • Bernadette
      May 21, 2015 at 9:15 am (3 months ago)

      Glen, what an amazing cat you have! They come into our lives for a reason, if only for one event to avert disaster and potentially save lives. Glad she was there to give a warning.

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      • Betty
        May 21, 2015 at 3:55 pm (3 months ago)

        With her talent for detecting potential fire, you might want to consider a name change to “Sparky” (although now that Ingrid has mentioned Lassie that would be a unique kitty name!) 😉

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        • Glen
          May 21, 2015 at 8:32 pm (3 months ago)

          That sure made me look at Gigi in a different light, I liked this big torti from first meeting, but this experience was quite unique.

          But I can’t rename her, she responds to that name quite well.

          Her previous family named her and at her age, we didn’t want to change it. They were of French Canadian background, so the French name is not surprising.

          It is French diminutive of Georgine or Virginie, kind of suits the Empress of the House” 😉

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    • Jay
      May 21, 2015 at 8:54 pm (3 months ago)

      So glad you had Gigi on watch. I think extra tuna is called for (You probably already did).
      We know Kasey would have done the same thing – or probably torn the stove out of the wall and thrown it outside. Some Tortie are tough.
      So happy that you caught it in time. This should make your local papers.

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  14. Jay
    May 19, 2015 at 11:45 am (4 months ago)

    Not quite cat related but this is for my Cat Family. I had 6 cats, 2 mini horses and a mini donkey when I woke up this morning and let the mini’s out at 7:30am. At 10am I went to vote and looked up into the pasture. Saw Theia ( my mare) with what looked like a deer. It was a baby mini horse. Judging from the ears Buell ( my mini donkey) is the father.

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    • Marg
      May 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm (3 months ago)

      Wow! That’s exciting .. another critter for your family … !

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      • Glen
        May 19, 2015 at 8:38 pm (3 months ago)

        Those are quite the ears 😉

        Cute little rascal.

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    • Bernie
      May 19, 2015 at 8:48 pm (3 months ago)

      Hey Jay, next time be careful how you vote!!!!! Just for the record, you have a new mini MULE not a mini horse or donkey. You explained that to me at length.
      Cute litte bugger, but now what? From the pics and video Theia is a very protective and caring momma. Let the fun begin. :)

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    • Ingrid
      May 20, 2015 at 6:36 am (3 months ago)

      Who knew spay and neuter your pets doesn’t just apply to cats! 😉

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      • Jay
        May 21, 2015 at 9:20 pm (3 months ago)

        Does this mean Buell is gonna have a “tipped ear” ?
        His ears are the size of most cats (this does NOT include Taz or Punky)

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  15. Glen
    May 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm (4 months ago)

    It is going to be tough around here next week.

    I was home on Thursday and Friday, with the technology these days, I can work from home, so I am taking advantage of that when i can.

    Then this is the long week end in Canada, so I am home until Tuesday.

    The “Empress” has got quite used to her person being home, I foresee some separation behaviour on Tuesday.

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    • Jay
      May 19, 2015 at 11:38 am (4 months ago)

      Can’t wait to hear what happens. Just be glad she doesn’t have Kasey’s personality. Swat team would be called in if she did. :)

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      • Glen
        May 19, 2015 at 8:41 pm (3 months ago)

        One thing about the Empress of the House, she is a calm, gentle creature.

        I came home, was greeted and a good brushing made up for my absence today.

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  16. Jennifer
    May 17, 2015 at 6:10 pm (4 months ago)

    I stumbled across your website while viewing images from my Google search “window ledge for cats”. Ha, what are the chances! I am so glad to have found it, I’ve been skipping around your past posts for the last hour & have already subscribed to your email list :) I’m just loving your site! I’m a fairly new Mommy to sweet, young tortoiseshell kitty Princess Leia, or P.L. for short (my husband is a Star Wars nerd!) P.L. came in to our lives at just the right time. My Mom has been fighting esophageal cancer for the last 2.5 years & her condition & health is declining, so we have many difficult days these days. Some days, the only things that make me smile come from little P.L.-loudly demanding breakfast at 5am, racing around the house chasing toys, balls & shadows or just the way she seems to sweetly ‘reply’ when I talk to her.
    Thank you for your site. I’m so glad to have found a place with like minded kitty lovers & to have found there is a word for my crazy tortoiseshell’s attitude – tortitude! :)

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    • Ingrid
      May 18, 2015 at 6:18 am (4 months ago)

      I’m so glad you found us, Jennifer! Princess Leia sounds like a great name for a tortie to me! All my best to your mom – I’m glad you have P.L. to help you through these difficult days.

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  17. Kate
    May 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm (4 months ago)

    I loved reading all the stories about everyone’s tortie and I wanted to share my own.

    I have a 2 year old (what I now know is called) dilute tortie called Smudge. I came to this blog to try and figure out if a tortie who was mostly white was still considered a tortie. But if all that is needed is the markings and “tortitude”, Smudge definitely fits the bill! :)

    Smudge lives with her sister Bitsy, a long hair calico who has to be the most laid back cat in the world, and Gus, another rescue/feral about 2 years older than my girls. I originally got the girls to keep Gus company while I was in grad school. He was used to me being around more. Strangely, he and Smudge hit it off instantly but he and Bitsy…not so much. Smudge is the go between and helps keep the peace.

    This is the only way this cat can be considered peaceful.

    She thinks she is Mario Andretti’s race car (not the driver, the car) and uses my bed to bank around the corner into the hallway.

    She flies up and down her (not their…her) cat tree and then chases her tail around the top level. She will pause on occasion to look at me upside down during this process and check to make sure I’m watching.

    If she simply can’t wait to get up the cat tree she will jump and spin and dance and chase her tail around on the floor instead which I have never seen a cat do.

    She DEMANDS treats. I can’t remember who wrote that their cat sits in front of their computer tilting their head just so until treats are produced but this must be a tortie trait because Smudge does this as well.

    She is the most vocal of my cats and her meow is hysterical. Very high pitched so that when she mews she sounds almost like she is saying “mine!”, “mine!”, “mine!”. (Which, of course, I’m sure she is).

    She is fanatical about marking. I don’t mean she pees but that she rubs her cheeks on stuff. Shoes, purses, the furniture, you name it. As soon as I walk in the door she follows me around rubbing her face on anything and everything I put down…”Mine!”, “Mine!”, “Mine!”.

    She has figured out how to open all of my cabinets, even after I put baby locks on them. I even duct-taped them shut and she worried at it until it came off. It was a cabinet that I keep t-shirts in that she likes to use as a place to nap. I hate having itchy shirts at the gym. When I saw what she did, I opened the door and sure enough, there’s Smudge. She just opened her eyes and glared at me. I know she was saying…Jez, shut the door, would ya?

    I describe her as having the personality of Bart Simpson to friends and I love her to death! I have to say, there is NOTHING dilute about this cat’s tortitude. It is fully intact!

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    • Ingrid
      May 16, 2015 at 6:53 am (4 months ago)

      “She thinks she is Mario Andretti’s race car” – what a perfect description of a tortie’s personality, Kate! Some say that tortitude is even stronger in dilute torties – I’m thinking Smudge certainly supports that theory!

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    • Margaret
      May 18, 2015 at 7:09 pm (4 months ago)

      Hi Kate … Smudge sounds very much like my Miss Gracie (who is also a dilute!) … yes, “mine, mine, mine” sounds like Gracie too …

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  18. Vanessa
    May 12, 2015 at 7:27 pm (4 months ago)

    I have the sweetest Tortie named Sarah. Twelve years ago she came to me in a tornado as a tiny kitten meowing on our porch. I spent the first couple of days with her, keeping her away from our other cats and dogs, and it was an immediate bond. She was just so loving and cuddly and sweet, and never stopped purring.

    She never liked other cats. At one point, she lived with 9 others at my mother’s house, and she basically lived under the beds hiding from the other casts. But the past 6 years with me she has flourished. She and my 90 lb retriever are the best of friends, cuddling and grooming each other all day long. She is alpha over my little long-haired orange boy Louis, but he doesn’t mind.

    I cannot imagine my life without her. She responds to my voice so happily, her tail always swishing practically smiling. Sarah is my little teddy bear, laying in my arms at night head nestling under my chin. And she is the loudest purrer I have ever heard in my entire life! But I love it!

    Go torties!

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    • Ingrid
      May 13, 2015 at 6:19 am (4 months ago)

      Awww, Sarah sounds like a wonderful girl, Vanessa! Go torties is right!

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  19. Bernie
    April 30, 2015 at 3:07 pm (4 months ago)

    Today is a day of sadness and remembrance, although my Steeler, a very special Tortie, passed over the bridge 3 years ago today, the pain and loss is as if it were this morning. She was so much more than a Tortie. Sure she was full of Tortitude and lived it to the fullest. She was also a beautiful, loving companion who rescued me at a time in my life that became the hardest time of my life. She was at my side and stayed with me day and night. Then she had to leave, and my heart has never been the same. This little bundle of kitten, who would go from loving to terrorist in a split second had stolen my heart, given me hope and love when I was truly in need of her solace. She could not meow as other cats, but she would curl up with me and just sense my feelings and became a comfort unknown to me. When she passed over the bridge 3 years ago today, I felt as though my world was completely crashed. There had been so much heartbreak and loss just 3months prior to her having to go. But through so many good friends from this site, and strength from all of these good people, I made it through the darkest hours of my life. There was Ingrid, Bernadette, Jay, Harry, Julie, Rachel, Lynn Glen, Marg, and so many others who pulled together to give me hope and surround me with support and love. I will never forget these wonderful people, they are not just faceless people on fb, these people, most of whom I did meet, are real, loving and giving people. They became my family and to this day, they remain precious in my life and always will. So on this day of sadness and remembrance, there this. To each of you who have walked by my side and held me up though out so many dark hours, know this. If I live 1 day or many years, I will never forget all you did to hold my hand and pull me along. I will always love you all.
    I will try to add the articles Ingrid wrote of my precious Steeler. If the links don’t come thru, it is my fault. Ingrid and the others will tell you “Bernie still hasn’t gotten that right”. So here is my Steeler for all you to share with me on this day.

    A tribute to Steeler http://consciouscat.net/2012/04/30/a-tribute-to-steeler/

    Steeler the cat, accidental (and unofficial) team mascot http://consciouscat.net/2011/02/04/steeler-the-cat-accidental-and-unofficial-team-mascot/

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    • Ingrid
      April 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm (4 months ago)

      I can’t believe it’s been three years, Bernie. Hugs to you on this anniversary. (I fixed the links for you :-) )

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      • Bernie
        April 30, 2015 at 5:12 pm (4 months ago)

        Ingrid, that is what I meant when I said you are all always there for me and for all on here. Thanks.

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    • Marg
      April 30, 2015 at 6:39 pm (4 months ago)

      Bernie … what beautiful words. It has been a joy and a priviledge to get to know all of you on CC. While I will probably never meet any of you, I count you all amongst my friends! I know we are (and will always be) there for each other.

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    • Glen
      April 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm (4 months ago)

      Bernie, thanks for the kind words.

      It is very difficult to lose these special cats.

      She helped you out in many ways but you also provided her with a home and kindness, giving her good comfort and care, a second chance, that she otherwise might not have had.

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    • Jay
      May 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm (4 months ago)

      Hard to believe 3 years have gone by so fast. Steeler was the 1st Tortie I heard about on this Blpg that described the same traits as Stirfry. Then I learned of Kasey and Brooke. What a crew they were. Steeler sent you Justice, Liberty, Freedom and DJ to keep you company. Now Liberty is with her watching over you. There will only be one Steeler and we all miss her.

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  20. Susan
    April 18, 2015 at 4:08 pm (5 months ago)

    I had never had or heard of torties before I got Zesty 14 years ago when she was 3 months old. I fell in love with her and her tortie ways and after losing her on Tuesday I know I will get another once I can get past the devestation of losing her.

    She was vocal when she needed to get a point across or needed attention and she was not a lap cat, but she chose when to bestow that honor and I always cherished each time.

    She did ‘chicken legs’ just for me (stuck her hind legs out behind her as far as they would go)

    She did ‘scooter bear’. She would begin scoooting away as she was being stroked and petted using the claws on her front feet and after scooting a bit she would manage to turn and scoot right back.

    She perfected her baby act, and I could never refuse he attention when she did.

    She almost always would make you cross the room to pet her.

    She would climb onto my back to be transported to somewhere she needed to go sometimes. I would bend over and she would use me as a bridge between the bed and the chest freezer where she ate her meals instead of jumping too.

    I would throw party mix around the room for her to chase (after she sat squarely on my desk in front of me and would stare at me trying to make eye contact and tilting her head so she looked completely adorable, so that I could not refuse her.

    Her favorite saying was Who’s the baby? Zesty’s the baby!

    Her nicknames were Tiger Bear (the one and onliest), Scooter Bear and Silky Bear.

    She was not very playful, very short attention span, lol!

    She loved having me drape a blanket over my knees or most any surface, her eyes would light up and she would run inside like a kid playing fort and spend a long time there.

    She loved laying on sheets of tissue paper and getting a new box to lay in and catnip and her cardboard scratcher and her cat tree.

    She was tall (I called her rangy) and walked like a wild Tiger does in the wild.
    She was 13 pounds of sweet Tiger Bear and missing her is un-bear-able.

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    • Ingrid
      April 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm (5 months ago)

      Thank you for sharing some of Zesty’s special traits with us, Susan. My heart goes out to you. It’s so painful to lose a soul cat like her. Adopting another tortie when you’re ready to open your heart again will be a wonderful way to honor Zesty’s memory – and I believe that Zesty will be smiling when the time comes.

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      • susan
        April 18, 2015 at 6:07 pm (5 months ago)

        Thank you Ingrid.

        I do wish there was a way to post pictures on here. I would love to post one of Zesty and see the other posters’ torties as well.

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        • Ingrid
          April 18, 2015 at 6:54 pm (5 months ago)

          You can post photos on our Facebook page (link in the sidebar). We’d love to see pictures of Zesty.

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          • Susan
            April 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm (5 months ago)

            Thanks, do you mean under posts to page?

          • Ingrid
            April 19, 2015 at 6:18 am (5 months ago)

            Yes, that’s where you can post photos.

    • Jay
      April 18, 2015 at 10:09 pm (5 months ago)

      Susan, Zesty sounds like she was a wonderful Tortie. I agree with Ingrid. Honor Zesty by giving a forever home to another. Always make you feel good and you can tell the new one how special Zesty was.
      I am always telling mine about Stirfry. They look at me as if I am talking about the
      ” boogie monster”. I guess to most cats Stirfry would seem that way. She was a Tortie with Major Attitude.

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      • Susan
        April 18, 2015 at 10:25 pm (5 months ago)

        Hi Jay, thank you for your comments. I appreciate them. I intend to get another kitty, but I need time to grieve for Zesty.

        I am alternating between denial, anger, desperate sadness, and overwhelming guilt at ending her life at the moment.

        Definitely not the time to bring a new kitty home. Plus I need to see how Topaz copes with being alone after 14 years with her ‘sister’.

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        • Jay
          April 18, 2015 at 11:09 pm (5 months ago)

          I know what you mean about time. I lost2 Torties last fall. Tabatha, a gentle Tortie with white, and Stirfry , my soul cat. Only in November did I bring in 2 house panthers and they were not really planned. Eclipse was a feral who I wanted to trap. Bernie did for me. And Onyx who was a kitten at my car mechanics lot and asked me for a home.
          Stirfry is gone but never forgotten. I will see her when I cross the Bridge also. Until then I have little ones that need to be watched over.

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          • Susan
            April 18, 2015 at 11:55 pm (5 months ago)

            I am so sorry you lost your kitties, and so happy two more now have forever homes!

            I won’t wait too long hopefully, because so many need homes, but Zesty is/was part of my very being, we 3 have been alone together for 10 years, and facing life without her is not something I can even face yet.

        • Ingrid
          April 19, 2015 at 6:18 am (5 months ago)

          I’m reading comments backwards so I’m just now seeing this. I’m glad you’re aware that you need to give yourself time to grieve, Susan.

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    • Margaret
      April 19, 2015 at 6:50 pm (4 months ago)

      Susan, I’m so sorry for your loss. Zesty sounds very special … and what a great name for a torti. In a little while your grief will be less painful and you will start to remember the happier times with her. It is devastating when we lose our little companions, and I’m glad you’ve found a place where everybody here understands. Take care.

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      • Glen
        April 19, 2015 at 8:48 pm (4 months ago)

        I am sorry about your loss of Zesty.

        It will soon be 2 years since I lost my “Warrior Queen”, Kasey, my rescue torti.

        I still miss her like it was yesterday, I still have two orange boys, Taz who is 16 years old and little Tim, 3 years old.

        About 3 months before I lost Kasey, we became aware of a long haired torti with white Gigi who desperately needed a new home. At first meeting, there was no doubt about taking her in.

        Gigi has been a great addition and though different in character than Kasey, she has grown very attached to me. I was fortunate she came along.

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        • Susan
          April 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm (4 months ago)

          Thanks Glen

          Thankfully I still have Zesty’s little big ‘sister’ Topaz. 7 pounds of playfulness and in charge around here. She had I-131 treatment last year and is back to her fighting weight. She is silver with gold eyes.

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      • Susan
        April 20, 2015 at 7:54 pm (4 months ago)

        Thank you Margaret. I simply cannot believe she is gone.

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    • Jay
      April 17, 2015 at 8:34 pm (5 months ago)

      That is such a great shirt.
      Should have Kasey or Steeler on it to prove it.
      Stirfry already has her sign.

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  21. Glen
    April 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm (5 months ago)

    In the last year, Gigi has begun exhibiting a Kasey behaviour. She does not like it when I leave her to go outside for some chore or activity.

    I refer to this as “door fussing”. Today, in the hope of winter ending, I was out and took a few winter tools to the barn and started cleaning the garage in the hope that we might actually see a motorcycle season in the distant future.

    The garage is attached to the house with a walk through door.

    When I was done, I came in through the door and felt the door bump something. It was 15 pounds of long hair torti. Gigi was pressed right up against the door, waiting for me. This is what Kasey used to do.

    Apparently, I am not supposed to go outside.

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    • Jay
      April 11, 2015 at 11:36 pm (5 months ago)

      Tortie love.

      They have big attitudes and bigger hearts.

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    • Bernie
      April 12, 2015 at 12:30 am (5 months ago)

      Glen, sounds like you are well trained to know Gigi is not going to tolerate being left without you!!!!! Torties have a way to telling you what they think! Kasey taught her before she left to watch out for you. Next time in, ease the door open. :) Motorcycle season will be there very soon! I actually seen that yellow ball in the sky.

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      • Glen
        April 12, 2015 at 10:19 am (5 months ago)

        We have had over 2 inches of rain this month, already, which has washed the 1,000’s of tons of corrosive salt that is used here,off the roads. Temperatures are improving and it won;t be long, now.

        Still have to be careful with the gravel, which I am. I approach riding with some care and respect; I wear the full gear (European style textile, armoured stuff, the jacket is florescent yellow), full face helmet etc. My BMW F700GS doesn’t make any more sound than a typical car, but it is “quick” enough when I want it to be 😉

        Anyway, the funny thing with Gigi, if I am out and gone, i.e. at work, motorcycling etc. apparently this is acceptable.

        The difficulty is when I am out in the garage or close to the house outside, I am there basically, but can’t be accessed. This is a problem.

        Kasey had the exact, same behaviour under these circumstance.

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  22. Bernie
    April 11, 2015 at 4:15 pm (5 months ago)

    Yesterday I took Freedom to her vet for her skin condition. It flared up again,but this time was a worry to me. She is quiet the kitten. She is so muscular and built close to the ground, solid as a rock. That little lady weighed in at 11.8#. She sure doesn’t look like it. My vet weighed her twice to be sure. Anyway, after we arrived back home, I held her to comfort her until she was calm and no longer showing and stress from the visit. Now that is the calm before the storm in my home. DaJudge (her granddaughter and a Tortie) had attempted to become the Alpha cat in the house. Well Freedom had enough of her shenanigans. As Freedom was going from the sunroom into the kitchen area, DaJudge decided she would try again. This time, Freedom had enough. Her horrible howl, hiss and lips pulled back scared the living daylights out of DaJudge. I did have to tap Freedom on the backside with a yardstick, very gently, I might add to break her concentration on DaJudge. Jay and I have referred to Freedom as a steal Tortie and she sure has acted the part. She is the Mom to my other Tortie Justice.
    I am now curious to see if DaJudge tries to intimidate Freedom again. I have a feeling she may not. If I had been her yesterday and had Freedom react that way, I would still be running.
    These girls keep life very unpredictable.
    Justice just stayed back and watched the action. She is not a dumb Tortie.

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  23. Martha
    April 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm (5 months ago)

    Reading this makes me appreciate my tortie girl Kimchi so much more! I always knew there was something special about her since all I had before her are my two orange boys. I didn’t know tortietude existed, I just thought she was bipolar! LOL

    Also! I found a shirt that is perfect for all of us tortie lovers! I just ordered one myself. So precious! http://teespring.com/torties

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    • Ingrid
      April 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm (5 months ago)

      The term bipolar is frequently used to describe torties, Martha… :-)

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    • Bernie
      April 11, 2015 at 2:48 pm (5 months ago)

      Martha our Torties are all different and all carry some degree of Tortitude. Some more than others. Bi-polar is a term that I have seen for them. I don’t see that. I see these little ones as the most independent, loving and loyal kittens we have. Then in an instant I wonder where that kitten went and now I have a Tortie on a tear. I just love them for their quirkiness.
      I have seen that T-shirt already. I had already ordered mine. :)

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    • Jay
      April 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm (5 months ago)

      Martha, that’s how a lot of us found Ingrid’s blog. A cat that we were told is a Tortie and acts crazy/different than a regular “Normal” cat. Mine was a cat named Stirfry. Go from nice gentle cat to vicious wild thing in milliseconds then back again. Ingrid taught me a lot along with Bernadette, Harry and so many others.
      How did Kimchi get her name ?

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      • Martha
        April 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm (5 months ago)

        Bernie, I can’t wait till we get our shirts. They are so adorable. Looks so similar to my little girl.

        Jay, I wish Kimchi and Stirfry could have met. They would have been the most perfect pair :)

        Funny enough, Kimchi’s name was Hunter at first, for very obvious reasons. She left “gifts” at our door constantly as she started as a stray who wanted to impress us lol. Ever since we have implemented her into our family inside, she never would respond to “Hunter”. I never thought she liked that name anyway. So I just started calling out various words/names to see what she would respond to and ironically “Kimchi” was the winner! I call her Kimmie for short. She’s still quite moody and will respond when *she* wants to but we’re pretty sure she knows her name now.

        How did Stirfry get her name?

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        • Bernie
          April 11, 2015 at 4:05 pm (5 months ago)

          Marha I expect my shirt about 5/1. The Tortie on the shirt does not look like my soul Tortie “Steeler” she was one of the three in the class of “Special Soul Torties”. Steeler (affectionately referred to as my little terrorist) Stirfry downright ready to destroy any and all in range, then Kasey the Warrior Queen who, like Steeler had lived a rough life before they rescued us.
          Steeler had crossed over the bridge on April 30, 2015, but she is forever ingrained in my heart.
          I now have Justice and DaJudge, both Torties. The Tortie on the shirt doesn’t look like either of them either. I ordered the shirt anyway. I found it to be on point with the message.
          Kimchi sounds like she shows her Tortitude at will as Torties are known to do. But, that is what makes them so special. They rescue us, and train us quite well don’t they?

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        • Jay
          April 11, 2015 at 4:38 pm (5 months ago)

          Martha, most on here knew of Stirfry. Years ago ( around 2001) I was divorced and had custody of a Tortie w white – A Calico, Tabatha (before I learned about Torties ) is what the shelter listed her as, and a Bichon dog Samatha. I was feeding a feral cat that I thought of as black and after months earned her trust. But she was a very anti social cat and terrorized everyone else. I tried to find a home for her but no one wanted a cat with major attitude. I told my son I would give her to a chinese couple at work and they would make Stir-Fry. But there was no was I was going to give up this cat and she got her name. I found Ingrid’s blog and back then there was about 100 posts on it. People came and went ( mostly went) but a core group grew and they became family. I learned that
          1. My cat was a Tortie.
          2. Some have an attitude called Tortitude
          3. Stirfry wrote the book

          I also found out there there were others that had Tortitude to the extreme.
          Steeler in Pittsburgh, Kasey up in Canada and Brooke in Virginia were her equals.
          Ingrid’s blog really took off and those cats became family to all of us.
          A meeting at a book signing brought some of us together. I got to meet Brooke and a year later met Steeler. Would have love to seen Kasey before she crossed the Bridge. But we all think our fur kids will last forever and too soon Steeler, Kasey and Stir were gone. I had 4 Torties for a short time. Tabatha – no attitude, Styx ( slight attitude) , Diver – A Male with no attitude and Stirfry. Presently I have Diver, Styx, Frankie ( a round Tuxie), 2 house Panthers Eclipse and Onyx and a Silver Goddess – Arianrhod – a Russian Blue. All are spoiled.

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  24. Bernie
    April 10, 2015 at 12:57 am (5 months ago)

    I wanted to post this story of Justice and Jay before it passed by for to long.
    As many of you know, tragedy struck my kittens in Aug 2014. I won’t go into that on this blog. All I will say is during the darkest hours Jay came here to help me with Justice and do all we could to help her live. As you all know she did. There is a part of this tragedy that was brought to light Easter weekend.
    Know this, my Torties don’t go to anyone other than myself —– until Easter weekend. Jay arrived. He and I sat in the sunroom and to my amazement, Justice literally pounced up on the seating and took ownership of Jay. She loved him like I could not believe. She rubbed and kissed and talked to him as never before. I can only say that during those dark days, Jay was helping Justice in every way he could. I know she must remember him for that. She is now in “love” with Jay. He was as amazed as I, although he won’t admit it. Justice has never did that before with Jay,but as far as who she loves, Jay is definitely on her very short list of her human loves. Actually, I almost felt like she overdid it and loved him a little more than she did me. Now we all know I am joking on that last sentence. “Really”? Hum, wonder if I am kidding myself and Justice really does idolize Jay more. He is a cat whisperer you know.

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    • Margaret
      April 10, 2015 at 1:05 am (5 months ago)

      I think she remembers all the love that Jay gave her when she was fighting for her life … now she’s giving some of it back!

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      • Jay
        April 10, 2015 at 8:21 pm (5 months ago)

        Justice was a VERY sick cat back then and Bernie and I did everything we could think of to get her to eat anything at all. Trips to Walmart for many types of cat food and the local store for smelly sardines along with a vaporizer to help her breathe are what helped. Encouragement when she did eat a little helped. So glad she came around before I had to leave.
        Now she is just saying Thank You.

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        • Bernie
          April 10, 2015 at 8:28 pm (5 months ago)

          Jay, and everyone who reads this. Jay you are being to modest. Justice is saying more than Thank you. She is showing you how much she has come to love you. Face it, the Tortie loves you for helping her. She always will, that is how Torties are.

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  25. Bernie
    April 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm (5 months ago)

    Ok this message is to Steeler, Stirfry and Kasey. Enough of the storms already. This evening we had tornado warnings, hail, high winds, crackling lightning, rolling never ending thunder, and torrential rains. Now girls, enough. We all know you are watching over us.

    Now on another note. I have this home that I close the second floor rooms off for the winter and there are 2 rooms in the basement I don’t allow the kittens to go into.
    So yesterday, I had to replace my battery on the whole house generator. No big deal, that is outside. The electrical test/set electrical connection panel is in one of the rooms in the basement where the kittens aren’t permitted. Well, I closed the door while I was in there resetting the generator settings. Turned the lights out and left. Shortly after that I heard a faint “mew” “mew”. I went to the basement stairs and on the steps there sat DaJudge, eyes big and wide, looking at the closed door. Then I head the “mew’ again. Lo and behold I opened that door and there sat Justice. She had pushed that door open when I had my back turned and came into the rooms they are not permitted. I opened the door and a lightning streak took off up the basement stairs. Will she do that again, she is a Tortie, so who knows.
    Well, that was then. So later I go upstairs to find a shirt from one of the upstairs closets. Yep, later, about 3 hours later, I realized I didn’t see DaJudge for a while. Up those stairs I went and sure enough, I opened that door and out comes DaJudge. Will DaJudge do that again, well she is also a Tortie, so who knows.
    I must admit, these 2 Torties are not a bit like Steeler, my soul Tortie, but they each have distinct behaviors unlike each other. The one thing in common is getting locked in rooms they should not have gone into. So far that is all they have in common. They are buddies, to a point, and not a sharp point.
    Freedom, my Russian Blue, Momma to Justice and Grandma to DaJudge, just goes about her days, with the same attitude. That is “open the door and throw those Torties out”. She would like to be an only cat in this household.
    Those are the antics of the past day. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but I can do without all the rage coming down from the clouds.

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    • Margaret
      April 9, 2015 at 11:28 pm (5 months ago)

      Bernie, you sure have had your hands full today … what little characters they are. Hope the weather is settling down a bit for you too … thunder, lightning, rain and tornadoes? Good grief … take care!

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      • Bernie
        April 10, 2015 at 12:47 am (5 months ago)

        Marg, my dear friend, it has been an unusual day for sure. Spring is really coming to Western PA with a loud and boisterous way. Those Torties in the heavens are having a really good go at it. It has passed for tonight and all is calm (outside that is). My little ones could care less about all the rumblings and noise outside. All 3 of them were with me in the sunroom. No fear in these girls.
        Inside the little ones have been giving me a run for the money. A most unusual day or two.
        Justice and DaJudge are zooming around tonight as usual, and it sounds like the thundering hoofs of a hundred elephants on the second hall wooden floor.
        How is you little girl doing? You haven’t mentioned her in quite a while now.
        With all that has been going on, I must admit the Torties have made me laugh at their behavior. They can be very good or they can be very ornery. They have mixed the 2 ways up lately quite nicely. Just gotta love those Torties!!

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        • Margaret
          April 10, 2015 at 12:50 am (5 months ago)

          Miss Gracie is doing just fine. We adjusted our clocks from daylight savings time last weekend and let me tell you, she was not happy … ! “What do you mean I can’t go outside … it’s light … yes, I know it’s only 5am … but it’s light!” These little ones definitely keep us on our toes (and we wouldn’t have it any other way, would we?)

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          • Bernie
            April 10, 2015 at 1:27 am (5 months ago)

            Marg, I know the feeling about the sleeping times. I am not a morning person. However, Freedom is taking to doing those bread (biscuits) on me early, sometimes before dawn. Then she will come back and start all over again. I know how Gracie is acting. Maybe she and Freedom have had a conspiracy conversation to wake up the mommies very early. :)

          • Betty
            April 10, 2015 at 10:51 pm (5 months ago)

            Fortunately my kitties that sleep with me, my two girls, like to sleep in. The boys on the other hand are early risers and up with their daddy begging for breakfast.

          • Jay
            April 11, 2015 at 8:09 am (5 months ago)

            Betty, my cats also like to sleep in. I never know who will sleep with me and who will be there when I wake up. Styx almost always goes to sleep on me and will be there in the morning. Diver and Onyx also. Frankie might come back but usually is found in the kitchen in the morning – close to the food bowl. Eclipse almost never comes back at night but I will find him sleeping in the middle of the bed when I wake up. Arianrhod has never come back to sleep in the bed but will come up to the window in the summer to look outside.

          • Glen
            April 11, 2015 at 2:49 pm (5 months ago)

            Kasey was no trouble at night.

            She would sleep near my feet. I know she would leave for various reasons but would usually be there in the morning.

            No other cats were allowed to be on the bed, it was said “she did not share me very well” 😉

            Now I can’t allow the door to be open, young Tim is very active, doesn’t respect personal space or the sleep of others, human or animal.

          • Jay
            April 11, 2015 at 3:54 pm (5 months ago)

            Tim is a young orange kitty. We don’t expect him to respect personal space or the sleep of others.

          • Glen
            April 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm (5 months ago)

            “Tim is a young orange kitty. We don’t expect him to respect personal space or the sleep of others.”

            So true, he will be 3 this summer, going on about 12 weeks, mentally. Typical of a house raised orange boy.

            Sometimes he does push Gigi too far. Then he brings the “inner torti” out in this gentle giant long haired girl.

            She snaps and puts the fear into him, it is like he is being chased by a 15 pound torti freight train.

            He does not learn from this and will repeat offend the next day.

          • Betty
            April 12, 2015 at 1:17 pm (5 months ago)

            it is definitely an assortment at bedtime. We have one of those Tempurpedic king beds that is split in the middle so each of us can elevate our head/foot as we want so the kitties are on my side and the dog (yorkie/dachshund mix) is on his side. Fortunately everyone plays nice although at times Columbia kicks her sister (by adoption) off the bed by way of hisses and spits if she wants mommy all to herself. Then later she will allow sister back on, if the mood strikes. Once in a great while my big black male will jump on the bed and lay across my chest and purr his way to sleep. This all makes for one happy mommy.

  26. Bernie
    April 8, 2015 at 11:50 pm (5 months ago)

    Hey there Glen and all. Around 10PM here there was strong lightning, thunder, and heavy rains. Our Tortie Girls Stirfry, Kasey, and Steeler were announcing they are still looking out for us, big time. I like to think they are watching over all the little ones of ours and our friends who have crossed over that bridge. When I heard the crack of the lightning, I immediately thought of our special Torties. Some of you know about these special Torties. They each gave unconditional love to myself, Jay and Glen. They three also gave unconditional Tortitude to any person other than us. My Steeler made it clear she was in charge and she would be the only cat in this house and so it was. I would lovingly refer to her as my “little terrorist”. No one else could touch her, except Jay, then only after he gave her nip, and then she owned him. He was her nip supplier. Kasey was Glen’s Warrior Queen. A Tortie that owned him and ran the house with a strong paw. Jay’s Stirfry put fear in the hearts of all, human and animal, with just a look. But they loved us fiercely as we did them. So when the Lightning Cracks, the Thunder Rolls and the rains come down, it is a signal form those special Torties that they are looking out for us and hopefully they are taking care of our other little fur babies that have gone over that bridge. On April 30, it will be 3 years that Steeler crossed the bridge. In my life, it is still as if it were today. <3

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    • Ingrid
      April 9, 2015 at 6:12 am (5 months ago)

      I can’t believe it’s been three years already, Bernie. Hugs to you.

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      • Bernie
        April 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm (5 months ago)

        Ingrid, the years pass for me as they do for all our friends who have suffered the loss of our little ones. When it is affairs of our hearts those losses are as fresh today as they were on the day we lost our loved ones.

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    • Jay
      April 9, 2015 at 9:53 am (5 months ago)

      3 years for Steeler, I think 2 for Glen ‘s Kasey and Stir was just last Fall. But the hurt of losing them is as strong today as it was on that day. I love all my cats dearly but Stirfry with her attitude was my one true Cat. The day she jumped up onto my deck and rubbed against my ankle – she went from Feral cat to wanting to trust a human and she chose me. And I know that when Steeler came to you on that cold snowy day after being so harshly treated by someone that they damaged her hips that she was choosing you to protect her. And Glen took in Kasey after seeing her treated the same way that those Torties wanted a home with love and security and just had to find the right one.

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      • Glen
        April 9, 2015 at 10:14 pm (5 months ago)

        Today I was up at the facility that I took Kasey from in may 2008.

        One of her former “protectors” was working there today.

        Even though she left there 7 years ago, now, he usually mentions her when I visit the site. He still speaks fondly of her.

        He was saying again today how she interacted with him. The facility is automated and is only attended during the day, unless there is a problem and the control system automatically dials the person on call and they have to come out and look after the problem, even in the wee hours of the morning.

        He said that he would get called out at some time like 3:00 PM, get the problem fixed but want to stay there to make sure things kept going. He said he would fall asleep in one of the plant office chairs with Kasey curled up on his lap, purring loudly.

        That was the thing about her, in spite of hew warrior tendencies, even in that environment, she wanted to be a pet cat.

        The only regret I have about taking her out of there is that I should have done it earlier. However, we had five, good years with her at home.

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        • Bernie
          April 9, 2015 at 10:39 pm (5 months ago)

          Glen, the memories we have of our “special Torties” will forever be with us. There are few “special Torties” that remain in the memories of so many as you, Jay and I have had the honor of being chosen by them. They were rare and will always be held in the highest esteem.

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          • Glen
            April 9, 2015 at 10:52 pm (5 months ago)

            In Feb. 2013, I got word about a long haired torti, Gigi, who was losing her home and desperately needed a new place to live.

            After in initial meeting, there was no doubt that she was coming home and we took a chance on this big girl.

            I had no idea I would lose Kasey in a couple months.

            Kasey pretty much accepted Gigi right away and was not aggressive with her at all. They seemed to get along like “sisters from different litters”. Kasey show some rare respect for this large, tranquil girl.

            In retrospect, it seemed like she knew she would not be around and her was someone to “watch over” me when she was gone.

            I helped Gigi by giving her another chance, but she has helped me deal with my loss.

          • Bernie
            April 9, 2015 at 11:17 pm (5 months ago)

            Glen, I do believe Kasey had a paw in helping you and Gigi to find each other, before she had to go away.
            You know I feel Steeler and Eric played a huge roll in sending Justice, Liberty and Freedom to me at a time when I desperately needed them. I didn’t ever want another kitten after Steeler, but she had other ideas. I am happy she did.

        • Margaret
          April 9, 2015 at 11:27 pm (5 months ago)

          Glen, you gave Kasey five wonderful years … you showered her with love and care. Some kitties live long lives in homes where they are not loved as much as we love our little furry friends. Those five years were quality years.

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        • Ingrid
          April 10, 2015 at 6:24 am (5 months ago)

          I love that her former protector still talks about Kasey. It must be comforting to know that others still remember her, too.

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          • Jay
            April 10, 2015 at 8:32 pm (5 months ago)

            Some cats leave a lasting impression and most of us on here can recognize those special ones. Kasey was one of those. Those of us on your blog knew she was one of those special Torties and she belonged to the group. Glen knows she will never be forgotten.

    • Jay
      April 4, 2015 at 9:52 pm (5 months ago)

      Always nice to see a happy ending.

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  27. Glen
    March 31, 2015 at 8:41 pm (5 months ago)

    Gig has a favorite song, or at least one she responds to whenever it is played; “Daylight Katy” by Gordon Lightfoot.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnYDnwekLH0

    Sometimes I play music on Youtube and when this is on, she always comes over for attention.

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    • Ingrid
      April 1, 2015 at 6:03 am (5 months ago)

      She has good taste in music, Glen! :-)

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      • Harry
        April 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm (5 months ago)

        I’d forgotten how much I like that song. I used to set the bedroom stereo on quiet music for an hour or so after going to bed, but lately the sound of purring drowns it out so I haven’t bothered. Charlie’s taken to sleeping with me every night and I swear purrs in his sleep, Henry’s back in bed now that he’s doing so much better, and Ms. Brooke seems to have shelved her tortitude and can manage to share the bed. The three of them purring is amazing.

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        • Ingrid
          April 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm (5 months ago)

          Nothing better than being purred to sleep.

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    • Bernie
      April 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm (5 months ago)

      My little ones don’t pay any attention to music. They seem to be immune to all that plays. Now when it comes to kitties purring when I am trying to sleep. That is great with me. However, I have Freedom, as most of you are aware is the Russian Blue feral, about 12 years old now. Well sleeping and Freedom are not synomous with each other. Freedom is a loving girl, and these past few months has taken to showing her love by doing that bread punching thing with her front feet. Sounds great, she is a happy domesticated cat now, but, she uses me for her bread. She will come onto the bed, whenever the urge strikes her, and she will start using her paws on me as if she is making bread. Then she will just step up on me and lay down on my chest and go to sleep. This little lady, is really making up for lost loving when she was feral. I had thought this was just a once or twice thing with her, but it is a nightly (as soon as the lights go off) here comes Freedom. She will repeat her process a few times a night into the am. I think she is trying to tell me, she wants me to see the sunrise. I am trying to convince her I want to see the sun over the top of the house, around noon. Don’t tell me to close the bedroom door, there will be a chorus of kitties calls of the wild along with scratching and such. I do wish music were the choice for Freedom. :)

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      • Marg
        April 1, 2015 at 6:15 pm (5 months ago)

        Bernie … that brought tears to my eyes (I almost typed ears … now that would have been weird … sometimes my fingers get in front of my brain when I’m typing). Freedom is obviously just so HAPPY and LOVED … and obviously she loves you very much in return. She has come a long way in a short time!

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        • Bernie
          April 1, 2015 at 7:45 pm (5 months ago)

          Marg, my friend, Freedom has come a very long way. No one is more surprised than I about how she has begun to show her affection to me. She would let me pet her early on, but she has made this decision all on her own. I am happy to know she has come to feel safe and loved. I do wish she could hold off on the loving (other than laying beside me as I sleep) until it is later in the AM. I am definitely not a AM person. I don’t have it in me to tell her not to do that. It is her way of showing her love. I will just have to work with her a little and whisper in her ear, to just sleep beside me for a while. She is a precious kitten. Freedom is truly a gem. Always gentle.

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      • Jay
        April 1, 2015 at 7:31 pm (5 months ago)

        Sounds like that talk I had with Freedom worked. Why waste a whole day of Sunshine when things can be done (mainly litterboxes, playing with kitties, feeding them, letting them watch the birds while you do litter boxes AGAIN) and so much more. I’m gonna have to talk to Justice and DJ. :)

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        • Bernie
          April 1, 2015 at 7:49 pm (5 months ago)

          Jay, you best not talk to my girls any more like that. I can clean litter boxes into the night, quite late if I want. Their cardinal is still coming to the windows at the sunroom and teasing them. They have cat TV going on all day long. So they are entertained, naturally. No need to change the Torties. Justice and DaJudge do just fine until they see me awaken. They do show respect for Freedom, though. If Freedom is getting “mommy time” they each stay away on the kitty tree or in their kitty beds and give her all the time she wants. They never interfere with that alone time with me.

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      • Ingrid
        April 2, 2015 at 6:22 am (5 months ago)

        I call it “making biscuits.”

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  28. Glen
    March 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm (5 months ago)

    I had some entertainment with something Gigi did one morning last week before I headed off to work.

    This involved Tim, the 2+ year old orange guy, who seems quite intelligent but has not mentally matured much beyond that of a 12 week old kitten. An important part of the story is that Tim is patterned after a 9 pound cougar; long legged, lanky, with a tail that is so long, it would drag on the floor if he didn’t keep a curl in the end.

    Gigi is large, mature, rather ponderous in her movements and stately enough to be called the “Empress of the House”. Gigi will play, very vigorously, occasionally, when she chooses.

    Gigi was reclining on the kitchen floor in a dignified manner, asking for attention from me.

    Tim strolled by her, tail carried low to the floor. His tail was waving aimlessly, as a result of his usual pent up energy.

    Uncharacteristically, as Tim went by, Gigi took a deliberate but slow, almost symbolic or ceremonial (and ineffective) swing at the tip of his tail with a front paw.

    Just this one swing, that was it. It did not connect and Tim just kept on walking. oblivious to what had happened.

    Gig was like, “there, that done, now on to other things”.

    Who knows what that was about, I have seen her in action when she means business and she could have caught it if she had wanted to.

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    • Jay
      March 22, 2015 at 10:47 pm (5 months ago)

      Glen, she was checking to see if the need to keep him in check he was within range. Onyx is constantly swiping at Eclipse’s tail and he will turn lightning quick to see who it was. Any other cat and their would have been a big fight. Seeing it’s Onyx he puts a gentle paw on him and holds him down.
      Arian is very protective about her tail and watches Onyx just in case he goes for her.

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    • Bernie
      March 22, 2015 at 10:59 pm (5 months ago)

      Glen and Jay. You guys have the tails swiping going on. Both of you have kittens that stay hey, just a reminder, I’m here. Gigi really comes off well as Empress of the Room. She and Tim have been together since Tim’s first day. She could really hit him but sounds like she is treating him more like her kitten. Jay (really my Onyx) Onyx goes around tail swiping at any of his kittens. Eclipse is the surprise to both of us. He was so feral outside and once inside with the kitten Onyx, he became domesticated very quickly. Eclipse is the surprise. He won’t hut the kitten. He will swirl around like lightning and puts his paw softly on Onyx’s head. No hissing or hurting going on there. So it sounds like your family of kittens and Jay’s are truly treating each other as their own little ones.

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  29. Michelle
    March 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm (6 months ago)

    I have just found your website and it made me smile to read some of your stories. I had to say goodbye to my beautiful, loving brindle tortie Lucy on Monday after she developed a tumor. She was my first cat and we spent 15 happy years together. My heart is breaking but I know that she knew she was loved and she loved me back. God bless all the special little cats in our lives.

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    • Ingrid
      March 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm (6 months ago)

      I’m so sorry about Lucy, Michelle. Losing a cat is always devastating, but losing that first one is extra hard. My heart goes out to you.

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    • Bernie
      March 18, 2015 at 11:38 pm (6 months ago)

      Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved Lucy. Saying goodbye to our little ones is extremely hard. We, and I believe I speak for most on Ingrid’s site, have had this horrible heartache.
      Our little ones do love us back much more than anyone knows. They are like children. They are family, not thought of as cats.
      So glad you found this page. I welcome you, even under the sad circumstances. <3

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    • Marg
      March 18, 2015 at 11:46 pm (6 months ago)

      Michelle, I’m so sorry for your loss … these little ones fill a bit part in our lives and in our hearts. It’s always heartbreaking when they have to leave us.

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      • Michelle
        March 19, 2015 at 5:42 am (6 months ago)

        Thank you all for your kind words. I am lucky that I have people around me who understand my loss but I’m finding it incredibly hard to get through at the moment. The house seems so quiet without her – she had a habit of following me around, especially every time I went into the kitchen or anywhere near her food cupboard! Letting her go is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do but as my mum said, sadly the loss is the price we pay for loving them and them loving us. Give all your cats an extra hug today…

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    • Gary
      March 19, 2015 at 9:59 pm (6 months ago)

      So sorry. I had to put my calico Suelee down a year ago…hurts. I now have Hope, a tortie.

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      • Bernie
        March 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm (5 months ago)

        Gary, I am sorry you had to let your Suelee go. So now you have a Tortie! What did you name her? How old is she? We are all owned by Torties on this site, in addition to all other types of cats. But somehow our Torties have always been special. Welcome and hope to hear more about you Tortie.

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      • Glen
        March 22, 2015 at 4:55 pm (5 months ago)

        I am very sorry to read about the losses of Lucy and Suelee.

        Ingrid has written in the past about how difficult the loss of what she has called a “soul cat” is.

        It will be two years this May since I lost my rescue torti, Kasey, often referred to here as the “Warrior Queen”. Even after two years, I miss her terribly.

        I have some consolation in having taken Gigi in a couple months before losing Kasey. Gigi is a large, gentle, long hair torti; we were her last hope before she would have had to go to a shelter, she a real pet who has been a joy to have around.

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        • Jay
          April 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm (5 months ago)

          Michelle and Gary, I just read these post and am so sorry to hear about the losses of your little ones. It is never easy to watch them go. Like Bernie said, we have all lost some fur kids. Thru Ingrid and her Blog, we have share their stories and their antics. They became “Community Cats”. But Steeler, Kasey, Diesel, Cookie & Kelly and my Stirfry were all mourned when they crossed the Bridge and we all cried. We will all meet again. I have others that I have rescued. No cat wants to be unwanted and those that were in a home without love, a field out back or living in a junk yard and now happy and can play and sleep without worry.
          If you are given a chance, rescue another in Lucy or Suelee’s memory.

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  30. Jay
    March 2, 2015 at 7:33 pm (6 months ago)

    Early this morning as I was drinking coffee I heard and felt a huge weight hit the bed. Sounded like a 15 lb bowling ball. Close, It was Frankie jumping onto the bed and in 2 bounds up onto the headboard to the window – right on his heals was Onyx. Probable weighs under 5 lbs. but a very playful young cat. Within minutes they were both off into the living room.

    Today was a day of Snowblowing and shoveling. Yesterday started out with fine snow coming dawn. after 2+ inches I used the leaf blower on the deck and steps. around 4pm I did it again and by the time I was finished it had turned to sleet/freezing rain. Today I used the snow blower on the driveway. Took almost 2 hours. I saw the outside black cat (Eclipse’s relative early in the morning.
    Around noon I saw Frankie running in the kitchen and then back to the bedroom. He lowered himself and looked into the kitchen with his butt in the air. Soon a butt wiggle and he was off. Chasing Eclipse. Shortly after I saw Eclipse come around the corner and look both ways then run off. He was chasing Frank. Both house panthers are making sure Frank gets a workout.

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    • Jay
      March 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm (6 months ago)

      Spell check messed up again – heels. :)

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    • Bernie
      March 2, 2015 at 9:14 pm (6 months ago)

      Jay’s life is never dull. The addition of Eclipse and Onyx has brightened and enlightened all the furbabies.. Onyx, the littlest panther, (my panther) won’t take “No, I don’t want to play from any of the others, except for Styx,(sometimes). Eclipse as you can see doesn’t seem to know he was a feral kitten. Those two little panthers keep Frankie, (who really needs the exercise) playing. I listen on the phone, while talking to Jay and it sounds like a group of little children at times. Clipsey has a call of the wild and howls, while playing. Frankie and Diver are kept busy with these little panthers. Diver has taken Onyx as is own kitten and takes care of him. If he doesn’t see him, or hears him use that squeak (no meow yet for him) he takes off like a ball out of a cannon to make sure he is ok. The playing and bonding of all these little ones is something special. I wish I could be there to see more of it, but mother nature hasn’t been very cooperative with weekend travels. In the meantime, Jay is spoiling these little ones, all of them, beyond belief. He doesn’t get home from work until well after midnight every day. He puts the outdoor barn minis in the barn and feeds them. He then goes into the house and is calls me while trying to open a can of cat food to give each of them a midnight snack. He calls each by name, and I can hear each of the speak back to Jay. I could call mine all day, and they will come when they are darn good and ready. So by this time it is usually around 2AM and he has to get some sleep. Now once he gets into his bed and before we hang up, the kittens, Styx, Diver, Frankie, Onyx and Clipsey all come to bed with him. Imagine 5 kittens come when he says kittens bedtime. Now he does have Arianrhod, Freedom’s granddaughter. She is the “GODDESS” and she acts like one. She doesn’t join in them in bed. No not her. She does join in the midnight snack. Each of his kittens come to meet him as he comes in the door. If one isn’t there he calls it by name and bam,there it comes. I wish my girls would be like that, but they are independent and all do their own thing in their own time. All are related to Arianrhod. So I think that explains Arian’s aloofness. She inherited it from her Grandma and cousins.

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  31. Jay
    March 2, 2015 at 10:25 am (6 months ago)

    Ingrid, I received a e-mail on March 2 that you and Glen were on CC. But when I click on the link it takes me to Jan 27 and the latest post. This has been going on since your new web design. Did you know this ?

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    • Ingrid
      March 2, 2015 at 10:54 am (6 months ago)

      We’re working on getting this corrected.

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    • Ingrid
      March 2, 2015 at 6:58 am (6 months ago)

      Beautiful!

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    • Bernie
      March 2, 2015 at 10:31 am (6 months ago)

      Glen, there is nothing more wonderful that to see when a little one is adopted from a shelter or rescue and given a loving, forever home.

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  32. Jay
    February 27, 2015 at 9:46 pm (6 months ago)

    As cold as it’s been recently Bernie was concerned about Styx. (You know she must be Bernie’s favorite) I received a package in the mail and it was a kitty sweater for Styx. I put it on (not hard with her) and even though she rolled around on the floor and kicked at it with her back legs – 10 minutes later she was walking around as if no big deal. Eclipse came into the room and was talking, I grabbed the camera and set it to video. Caught Eclipse on the kitchen chair and he attempted to hit Styx who was under it. A Feral cat might be a skilled and nimble hunter in the wild, but I think her forgot something. He almost fell off the chair and grabbed for the back of it. Kicking and hanging on with 1 paw he scared Styx who ran off. Guess he’s an indoor cat now. :)

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    • Bernie
      February 27, 2015 at 11:37 pm (6 months ago)

      Styx is a Tortie. Don’t get me wrong, but she is not in the top 5 of my favorites. I love this crazy Tortie, but she on the other hand, will attack me in the blink of an eye (and she has). It isn’t all her fault. She had been my Mom’s tortie and my Mom didn’t know a thing about a cat, especially a Tortie. She would pick her up from the floor while Styx was in a sound sleep. Naturally Styx would attack. She would try to force Styx into being a lap cat and at that time Styx just didn’t want anything to do with her. So I did promise to take Styx when they couldn’t do it. I did. She attacked me several times and I ended up at Med Exp. twice. Once required stitched. So Jay came and within seconds she was his. So I do love Styx, she just does not trust or like women. I would do anything for this kitten and all the kittens. Styx is so very thin, and with this horrific cold weather, I felt she could use the extra warmth. I am looking for a 2nd sweather for her, maybe a little better, but in knit and with bright colors.
      As for the panthers, gosh, what can I say. Jay is co-parent of my Onyx. For reasons I won’t go into here, Onyx has to stay with Jay. He is adorable and yes, he makes every kitten in Jay’s home play. Sometimes even Styx. Eclipse, was so feral when I brought him in for Jay, (Jay was in the hospital with his heart attack). That Monday night Eclipse decided to go into the hag-a-heart trap. He was so feral. Now he is so domesticated. Jay is truly a cat whisperer. Each cat comes to being called by name. That speaks volumes about how he is with those little ones.

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      • Ingrid
        February 28, 2015 at 7:23 am (6 months ago)

        Has Styx had a check up recently? Your description of “very thin” raised all sorts of alarm bells for me.

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        • Jay
          February 28, 2015 at 3:31 pm (6 months ago)

          Not recently Ingrid. I will check my records and see what her weight was. Can compare it to now.

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        • Bernie
          February 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm (6 months ago)

          Ingrid, Jay’s memory is short these days. I took Styx to his vet in early Oct. 2014. Had his vet run full blood panels, stool, urine and x-rays. She tested out as fine. No thyroid, heart, lung, kidney or other organ problems. No bowel problems. Blood panels were all with normal limits. I took her then, because even then I felt she was very thin. She remains about the same. She eats very well. Jay feeds her her wet food in a room to be sure she gets to eat it without the little stealth panthers getting to it. The vet advised kitten food to help her gain weight. We did try it, and she would not eat it. Styx is not sick and never brings her food up. So at that time her overall health is very good. She is now about 12 years old now. I am a worry wort about kittens health and Jay’s vet worked with me and ran all tests and x-rays. Teeth are fine. She is feisty and moves about quite well. Her only thing that she does have is an overbite. So she eats slowly, but she eats well. Jay gives dry and wet foods to the little ones. I just want her to be warm. I measure body heat for her by me. If I am cold, I feel a thin kitten must be cold. I believe we had her to Jay’s vet 2x in 6 months. I know Jay had taken her, and she had told Jay she was fine, just a little dehydrated. She did not give fluids. If Jay recalls, I didn’t like that so I had Jay put my name on the records also so the vet would work with me on the little ones also. I then made that appointment for Styx about 3 weeks after Jay had her there. I asked if she is dehydrated give her IV Sub-q’s. She showed me then that Styx was no longer dehydrated, but If I insisted she would give her the fluids. I then became very sweet and suggested she run all the tests on her. I had already brought her stool sample. So she did every non invasive test for me. Yes, you know after what I had gone thru, I was not just going to accept “a little dehydrated”. So you know me, if for a nano second I feel any of the kittens need attention, we make sure they go. I am not accustomed to “thin” kittens. You folks that know me, know if a kitten so much as sneezes it goes to the vet.

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          • Ingrid
            February 28, 2015 at 5:33 pm (6 months ago)

            I’m glad to hear she’s been checked out, Bernie.

  33. Glen
    February 26, 2015 at 10:06 pm (6 months ago)

    Here’s a video of a cat that had enough of a small dog’s barking.

    Had this been Kasey, the barking part of the video would have been much shorter and the attack would have been immediate, ruthless and pressed with complete focus.

    Kasey would not have considered this a worthy opponent, but would have attacked anyway.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jCWIBtVWg8

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    • Ingrid
      February 27, 2015 at 7:07 am (6 months ago)

      Poor puppy just wanted to play! :-) I love how the other dog tries to comfort the one that was chased> Too funny how the cat hangs around a bit to make sure the puppy got the message.

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      • Jay
        February 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm (6 months ago)

        I agree Ingrid, the puppy wanted to play as his tail ( or what he had) was wagging. But some cats don’t play well with others. A few Torties that I know of. Stirfry would have been like Kasey and Steeler. Diver and Onyx would have been playing at the 1st bark.

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        • Glen
          February 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm (6 months ago)

          Yeah, It depends on the cat, for sure, some are easily slighted.

          Tim would be the opposite, everything to him is play.

          The dog in the video would have, over time, regretted getting Tim’s attention to play though, because once Tim finds something amusing and entertaining, he can’t let it go and becomes obsessed, never forgetting it.

          Based on what goes on around here, Tim would drive the dog crazy. A favorite game is “tapping”, this involve either a high speed galloping pass, tapping the “victim” on the with a front paw on the way by and continuing running by at high speed. Or hitting from ambush and scooting.

          He does not tire of this activity but it does become a source of aggravation to other animals.

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          • Jay
            February 27, 2015 at 9:32 pm (6 months ago)

            Glen, Onxy is the same way. He loves to play and an ambush is the best way to get his victims attention. He goes for the tail. If any other cat would grab Eclipse’s tail the get into a full on feral fight. If he turns around and see’s it’s the little Panther his paw comes down softly and he either touches the Onyx’s head or lets him play. Diver has given him soft head taps or run from him. Even Frank and Arian will let him play. Styx is the only one that has a problem with him and growls or hard taps come his way. But minutes later Onyx is back to playing again.

  34. Bernie
    February 25, 2015 at 5:49 pm (6 months ago)

    Hi gang,
    Most of you who know me know I am not a morning person. So now it seems my Russian Blue, Freedom and one of my Torties have decided to try to change my sleeping habits. So here is a short version of how these girls have learned to interact and work on their Mom’s sleeping habits. They get my other tortie, Dajudge in on their shenanigans and I may end up a morning person whether I want to or not. So enjoy this short version of my girls. Sharing this with you here, I hope will bring a smile to you all thru this bad weather.
    “Wow, I have not said anything on here about my little ones lately, but then what could I say except they are fabulous and I love them. Now do they love me? Well now, Freedom has decided she wants me to awaken earlier in the AM. So she has started for the past 2 wks. doing the bread pushing on me to wake me up. I thought it was a fluke, but nope she is still at it, and she won’t take a bribe of a treat to stop. So this morning somehow, she convinced Justice to help her. Now Justice is a Tortie, so her first paw was full unsheathed claws onto my shoulder. Girls, Meowmy is up now.’

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    • Jay
      February 25, 2015 at 7:29 pm (6 months ago)

      Good for them. Don’t want you wasting the day away. Steeler was a Morning Cat and she is telling Freedom and Justice to get you up like she did. Mom, the treats are under the pillow and they aren’t gonna open themselves up.

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      • Bernie
        February 25, 2015 at 9:34 pm (6 months ago)

        “Mom, the treats are under the pillow and they aren’t gonna open themselves up.” Yes they are. Steeler always knew that and would give one good claw to the shoulder to get them. She, on the other hand, would then go back to sleep and let her Mom sleep. These two are not that giving. They want me to stay up! I always enjoy seeing the changes in them as they grow but this one, we could have skipped.

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  35. Martin Babb
    February 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm (6 months ago)

    Just wanted to add my name to list of Tortie lovers. I seem to have attracted Torties my whole life.. I had a couple as pets growing up, and two that have spanned my adult years.. Bunny and, following her death, Kali. I’ve had many many cats play a part in my life, but I can attest that the Torties are unique and though often bossy, demanding, and controlling (God help me if I pet another cat- I will hear all about it!) I love them dearly. Long live Tortitude!

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    • Ingrid
      February 25, 2015 at 2:12 pm (6 months ago)

      Long live Tortitude indeed, Martin!

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    • Bernie
      February 25, 2015 at 5:41 pm (6 months ago)

      I have my 2 torties now, and a Russian Blue. Life without them would be very dull. They do keep us “entertained”.

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    • Jay
      February 25, 2015 at 7:26 pm (6 months ago)

      Welcome Martin, tell us more about Kali and Bunny.
      Is Kali a talker ? Is Kali named after the Kali the Goddess of Destruction?
      I have had 4 Torties at 1 time. Tabatha and Stirfry crossed the Bridge late last year. Now I have Styx (some Tortitude) and Diver – a Male with no Tortitude at all. Diver is one of those rare cats who loves everyone and never met a cat he did get along with (until he met Stirfry).
      Where are you located? I am in Lancaster County in Pa. Bernie and Bernadette are located in Pa near Pittsburgh. I am always looking for other Tortie caretakers nearby.

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    • Ingrid
      February 22, 2015 at 9:57 am (6 months ago)

      Awww, poor frustrated kitty!

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    • Bernie
      February 25, 2015 at 5:40 pm (6 months ago)

      This kitten had a really good workout on this “fishing trip”. I have friends with one of those backyard fish ponds. They do freeze over and they are not deep. They have a large white angora who goes out (farm land) no roads, and will try to fish with her paw in the summer. No luck. I have seen her do this in the winter. She will then go into the the house and just lay on the windowsill looking out at that pond. Carol and I often thought she is just waiting to see a fish jump. Cats are very good entertainment and great for making us feel better during our stressful times.

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    • Jay
      February 25, 2015 at 7:31 pm (6 months ago)

      Love it Glen. I can see Kasey unleashing a claw and cutting a hole in the ice. She knew how to get an easy meal.

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      • Bernie
        February 25, 2015 at 9:38 pm (6 months ago)

        Glen’s Kasey most likely knew how to ice fish before he rescued her. She was and always will be one of a kind and his Warrior Queen. I can see my Steeler, just snatch that fish off someone and take off with it, without so much as a thank you. I often called her my little terrorist. Now Stirfry could have melted the ice with just the hot fiery breath she breather and all the fist would have been gone forever.

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        • Bernie
          February 25, 2015 at 9:40 pm (6 months ago)

          Need to use spell check here. “breather” breathed and ” fist” fish.

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      • Glen
        February 25, 2015 at 9:40 pm (6 months ago)

        Yes, Kasey was all business when it came to catching things, both large, and small.

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        • Bernie
          February 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm (6 months ago)

          Glen it seems these Torties of ours (Kasey, Stirfry,Steeler) will always live on in our stories and hearts. It will soon be 3 years since Steeler went to cross the rainbow bridge and yet, I recall her moves and expressions as if she standing right here with me. Time does not erase the images and feelings we have for our special girls. I, for one, never want to forget anything about my little Steeler. She taught me how to love kittens and how much they give love in return. She also taught me, and quickly, I may add, who was the boss here. She rescued me. She owned me. No doubt about it.

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          • Glen
            February 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm (6 months ago)

            Yes, they were strong willed cats with plenty of character, that never did anything by half measures; whether that was going after something, or showing affection to “their people”.

            It has been a year and nine moths since I lost Kasey and I still miss her terribly.

            At least I was able to make the last 1/3 of her life comfortable, and happy.

          • Ingrid
            February 26, 2015 at 7:22 am (6 months ago)

            I don’t think we ever stop missing these soul cats.

          • Jay
            February 25, 2015 at 11:18 pm (6 months ago)

            Glen our 3 were all rescued cats. Your Kasey and Bernie’s Steeler had it really rough and suffered injuries by thoughtless people before we took them in. Stirfry was really a very young cat but very feral when I rescued her (or she adopted me). I know no one else would have her after seeing her attitude and I know I gave her a great life. Her way of playing was definately Tortie-like but I knew she was having fun. They loved us for giving them many happy and safe years. And with every thunderstorm we will hear them playing.

  36. Jay
    February 19, 2015 at 9:47 pm (6 months ago)

    It has ben bitterly cold down here in PA (Colder yet for Bernie and probably worse for Glen) Temps a 0 or below and wind chills of -25 to -30. Yesterday I forgot to leave the gas logs on low. Came home and the house was cold (55). My house is a Dome and insulated to R45. It usually hold the heat real well. I turned on my gas logs and put a electric heater on in the bedroom and also the electric blanket (Thanks Bernie). Went to bed at 2 and woke up at 4 with a large cat tight against me. Diver was on my right side, Styx under my left arm and Onxy (who is no longer a kitten) on top of me. Frank and Eclips were about an arms length away. This morning after I got up I put the critters out (Buell, Harley & theia) and made coffee. I saw Eclipse and Styx both on the hearth in front of the gas logs.

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    • Glen
      February 19, 2015 at 9:52 pm (6 months ago)

      “(Colder yet for Bernie and probably worse for Glen)”

      It was -18F on Sunday morning.

      That was the worst I have seen in a long time, here.

      This time of year, it should be just below freezing, typically.

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      • Jay
        February 19, 2015 at 11:31 pm (6 months ago)

        Just below freezing would even be welcome here.

        i am still seeing the outside black cat. it is Eclipse’s brother or sister and stll feral. Runs off if it even sees me looking out the door. Might be a while till it comes in. Until then I am making sure he/she gets fed. Along with the outside feeding is a possum (saw last week) and a mouse (saw 2 days ago) Diver was watching the mouse – midnight snack ?

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      • Harry
        February 19, 2015 at 11:32 pm (6 months ago)

        It should be 47/26°F here. Today’s high was 17°F, and right now (10:30 pm) it’s 12°. Supposed to be -4° tonight. I’m blaming the cold, rather than a sign of the coming apocalypse that Charlie, Bobby, PHolly, Pearl *and Brooke* slept together on the bed today.

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        • Jay
          February 19, 2015 at 11:55 pm (6 months ago)

          Brooke on the bed with the “Normal” cats ?
          I’m putting my money on the coming apocalypse.

          If it wasn’t for THAT Groundhog, we would have 80 degree temps right now. Told Bernie I was planning on a hunting trip to take him out. Bernie thought I might get caught. I figure when they start looking for likely suspects – they would start in Buffalo NY and Boston Mass. first. Normally I won’t hurt any animals but in this case I might make an exception.

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          • Bernie
            February 20, 2015 at 1:48 am (6 months ago)

            Apocalypse, my money goes there too Harry. Below zero seems to be running a “new normal” on this side of the mountains. Winds howling, white outs, and -20 wind chills and that is a warm day. My little ones are staying on their little blankets in front of the hot water radiators most of the day. They aren’t dumb. Jay’s Eclipse took a heck of a chance getting on the hearth by Styx, but again, Styx is no dummy and Eclipse has become an indoor only kitty really quick. It is again -5 here and getting worse. I am so over this winter. I know Harry and those folks are not accustomed to their harsh weather and I feel for them. On the other hand, while I have had some wicked weather here in the past, this month has to rank up there as the worst in memory. High winds, snow, blowing snow, freezing rain, sleet and sub zero temps are the normal lately. I have both my garage doors up about 6″ for any outdoor critters to go into and get on old blankets to stay out of this weather. A heated water bowl and food. I know it is being used by the little footprints at the garage doors. I don’t know if it is only cats, or other critters. All I know is they need a place to go into to be safe too. I have a litter box out there and to my surprise, it has been used. My electric blanket is on and my furnace seems to run constantly. I had my thermostat turned down to 58 and the furnace kicked on before dawn. Now that is cold. I do have a bed full of kittens tho. They like the heated blankets too.

        • Ingrid
          February 20, 2015 at 6:59 am (6 months ago)

          It has been ridiculously cold here, although our PA friends are certainly much worse off – not to mention our friends even further north. I’ve kept my furnace running at a steady 70 degrees. I know my electric bill will be equally ridiculous, but as the commercial goes: a warm house? Priceless. Interestingly enough, even though the inside temperature of the house certainly hasn’t changed all winter, the girls do seem to want to cuddle closer at night than they normally do.

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          • Harry
            February 20, 2015 at 9:33 am (6 months ago)

            It’s +6°F as I write this – quite a winter here. We were up at our beach house in New Jersey last weekend, where Saturday night the wind was 60 mph howling off the ocean, and the large (100 car) ferries across the Delaware Bay were frozen in and cancelled. There is nothing quite so drafty as a nearly 100 year old house… I put “insulation” on my to do list. (I’d put “new windows” too, but we’re in the historic district and that’s not an option. In fact, the wind tore a piece of siding off the eve, which will probably necessitate a midnight repair – when the historic preservation commission is sleeping. We did expose and restore some previously painted surfaces – the once-again sky-blue painted porch ceiling – but the less exterior painted surface there is, the happier I am. We visited the rescue where Charlie, Bobby and PHolly came from, and played with the kitties. It’s a mostly cage-free environment, where the cats really all get along and are much more relaxed than in an adoption center at Petsmart, like the one I used to manage. Unfortunately, it’s a small town, and they do not do a ton of adoptions. We did not bring home Charlie’s buddy Marmalade. Marmie’s their longest resident, but exceptionally shy – he was hiding inside a box of blankets in the laundry room when we found him, given away by one orange tabby paw sticking out. We just don’t have the resources at this point to socialize (or feed/vet) a 9th cat…

          • Jay
            February 20, 2015 at 7:16 pm (6 months ago)

            Harry, contact me in the Spring (about 3 years from now as the way the weather is behaving) and I will see about taking Marmalade. Orange kittles alway seem so gentle and I miss Punky. With Diver who gets along with everyone and Onyx who has the kitten ability to get everyone to play, he might come out of his shell. Too cold in my basement now where my holding cage is, to leave him alone at night. Diver only stayed in that cage for an hour or more before he came up to join the others. Easiest of any cat as to joining my crew. Styx took the longest and Stirfry never joined anyone. But Marmalade needs to have a forever home. If he is still there I will try to arange transport.

          • Bernie
            February 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm (6 months ago)

            Harry, Glen, Ingrid, and Jay. I am not moving around to far in the house. This freezing cold is absolutely taking its toll. I hear cracking of the snow wish I assume is the springs freezing and thawing as tho they have burst on the far side of the house. My kittens, have taken up resident in front of the hot water radiators, all where they can watch me. Last night it seemed as tho the cold had penetrated every wall in the house. Even tho there is very good insulation, if you get close to the outer walls the cold is there. The little ones have the right idea. Curl up in front of the heat and only move when necessary.

          • Bernie
            February 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm (6 months ago)

            Jay, if anyone could bring a very shy adult cat to a loving friendly indoor cat, it is you. You are the cat whisperer. Harry, see if you can help out here. Transport can most likely be arranged.

          • Jay
            February 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm (6 months ago)

            And send us to work to earn money to keep the heat on, lots of litter and kibble and toy mousies. What we do for our little furry kids.

  37. Mel: Leelu & Stitch
    February 17, 2015 at 12:32 am (7 months ago)

    All the comments on Tortie noises prompts a tale from me!

    Leelu (Tortie) is fairly loud as far as her meows go. No chirping but loud ‘MAH-Owww’, a kitty yodel, indignant ‘Eee-ew’ when we cuddle her while she’s sleepy and… The growl.

    She doesn’t growl often as she’s a sweet girl (like Gigi but with shorter fur). But we had someone come by our window and the growl she let loose-Let’s just say the hairs on the back of my neck were standing UP. It was low, deep and she opened her mouth with ears back for it.

    Leelu hasn’t made that noise since.

    Reply
    • jay
      February 17, 2015 at 1:48 pm (7 months ago)

      Some of us now that growl well. A Tortie not to be messed with.

      Reply
  38. Glen
    February 16, 2015 at 7:23 pm (7 months ago)

    Cat voices sure vary, even their “challenge” vocals.

    Kasey, when issuing a challenge (which was a frequent occurrence) would make a sound roughly like a cougar snarl but with more of an evil, not-of-this-world effect.

    I think the sound alone often got various creatures, large and small, on the run rather quickly.

    Tim, our 2 1/2 year old orange guy never grew very much. He is right around 9 pounds and wiry. He never did get his “big boy” voice. He makes a series of small squeaks, chirps and warbles.

    Sometimes he challenges Taz. This comes out as a barely audible squeak.

    You wouldn’t know it was a challenge, except for his posture; you can tell he thinks it is the real deal. However, it is amusing and there is nothing the least bit intimidating about it. It is funny to watch, though.

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    • Bernie
      February 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi all.
      Glen as I read your post, it brings back so many wonderful memories of my precious Steeler. She, like Kasey, thrived as a rescued baby. She, unlike Kasey, would allow no other cat to even come near the entrance door. She had the ungodly howling snarl that left the chills go up my spine. Just like Kasey she had a sound unlike any I have ever heard.
      I, now have Justice and DaJudge, 2 Torties. Justice has a high pitched Meow. Dajudge started talking but instead of meows’ she has a mew mew mew. She will carry her catnip pickle in her mouth and go about mew mew mew. Now Justice has all the stares and body language of a torte with fortitude, but she seldom really shows her Tortitude. DaJudge has always been my gentle loving Tortie. Well I guess as with all of those aging things change. She is still loving and gentle, however, she has started showing a lot of “Tortitude”. She is a big tall and long gal going about 14#. She has found her place in the pecking order here. Freedom, my Russian Blue rescue is now about 12 to 14 years old. She is the momma to Justice and Grandma to DaJudge. Now I swear she is a Tortie in disguise. This little might mite has a snarl no meow. When Freedom is within paw distance, the Torties give her a very wide berth. The Torties are now playing together. Something I have hoped for since Liberty, my beautiful tiger tabby passed. He was the clown and agitator of the group. He would get them all playing and running insanely. I was worried the Torties may not bond with him gone, but they are starting. Freedom will always be in charge of all that happens and she is the oldest and smallest of all. So as I read about the interactions of Tim and Taz, I can only be reminded of Liberty and the Torties playing. But as I read about “Your Warrior Queen” Kasey, it immediately brings back “my little terrorist” Steeler and how she had that ungodly howling and snarling. She never had a meow. I know you miss your Kasey and I still miss Steeler. Jay, has new kittens too as you all know, but when we look over them or talk of their behavior, Stirfry, his soul cat comes up right away. She was one of a kind who loved Jay without reservation. But anyone else, better stay back, way back. So as I read on here how many of us have had huge and painful losses of our little ones, I think back to when we all had those very special Torties, the ones that left the kind of mark and hole in our hearts that will remain forever. Jay and I still say when it thunders and the lightening cracks, Steeler, Kasey and Stirfry have things rolling in the heavens and are letting us know they are watching. I sure hope they can turn off this snow tho.

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      • Jay
        February 16, 2015 at 11:36 pm (7 months ago)

        Of all mine now Onyx still has a kitten high pitch squeak like a bat, Diver rarely talks, Styx has a bark and Eclipse has a soulful wail as if she misses someone. Frankie has a meow with a question mark as if saying “who me”. And Arianrhod who never meowed until Stirfry crossed now has a panther growl. I always think of Kasey when I hear it. I’m sure no where near as scary but in my house she gets attention. Stir never meowed but her hiss and snarl were feared by all. Funny how the most dangerous of our Torties had the scariest sounds. Not small cat sounds but deep woods jungle sounds ( from prehistoric Jungle times). Sabertooths never died off – they evolved into Torties.

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        • Jay
          February 16, 2015 at 11:38 pm (7 months ago)

          Sorry – Eclipse is a he. No sex change, just my bad typing.

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          • Glen
            February 17, 2015 at 9:06 pm (7 months ago)

            “I know you miss your Kasey and I still miss Steeler. Jay, has new kittens too as you all know, but when we look over them or talk of their behavior, Stirfry, his soul cat comes up right away. She was one of a kind who loved Jay without reservation. But anyone else, better stay back, way back. So as I read on here how many of us have had huge and painful losses of our little ones, I think back to when we all had those very special Torties, the ones that left the kind of mark and hole in our hearts that will remain forever. ”

            Yes, these “fierce” cats were strong willed and agressive, but they also showed affection to “their” people with the same strong intensity.

            I think this was one of the traits that made them endearing.

    • Jay
      February 17, 2015 at 12:35 am (7 months ago)

      Only “challenge” Frankie ever issued was to a kibble. And the kibble lost.

      Reply
      • Glen
        February 17, 2015 at 9:43 pm (7 months ago)

        That’s a good one.

        Taz is a ferocious kibble killer, too.

        Reply
        • Jay
          February 19, 2015 at 11:50 am (6 months ago)

          :)

          Reply
  39. Glen
    February 3, 2015 at 9:17 pm (7 months ago)

    Snow day, Feb. 2, 2015

    The cats were disappointed today when I left for work, they thought it would be a repeat of yesterday.

    The snow was bad here on Monday and I remained home.

    My job is such that if i have my company laptop, I can work from home for up to a few days without problems, so that’s what I did.

    I set up in the basement and Gigi curled up in a cat bed nearby and watched me, with regular excursions to interrupt me for petting and brushing.

    I think she figured it should have been repeated today.

    Reply
    • Ingrid
      February 4, 2015 at 7:17 am (7 months ago)

      I think cats everywhere love snow days!

      Reply
      • Jay
        February 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm (7 months ago)

        Cats love snow days. Horses and donkeys do not.
        Woke up this morning with a dusting of snow. No cats prints on the deck so Eclipse’s brother/sister has not been by yet.

        Glen, I am sure Gigi loves every minute you are home.
        Take more pics of her and the others. Love t see how they are doing.

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  40. Lisa
    February 3, 2015 at 1:57 am (7 months ago)

    Thanks for the article links Ingrid. My kitten’s name is Menie. Because I couldn’t think of a better name to call her. It suited her. My god-daughter found her outside our house. She was alone and we think she got lost from her mom. Now Menie thinks this is her house and she lets us live there. She is so smart and she doesn’t forget anything. Its like having a toddler in the house. Thanks for the wonderful article.

    Reply
    • Ingrid
      February 3, 2015 at 6:54 am (7 months ago)

      It sounds like it didn’t take long for Menie to take over, Lisa!

      Reply
      • Lisa
        February 3, 2015 at 1:04 pm (7 months ago)

        No, it didn’t take long at all. She wants see every thing we do. She likes to be right in the middle of everything we do. She follows us to the bathroom or if the door is shut she will wait by the door until the person comes out. She loves to cuddle when she sleeps. Once she quits biting, I think she will be a wonderful cat for me and my roommate.

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  41. Harry
    February 1, 2015 at 11:40 am (7 months ago)

    Hey Ingrid… this is comment 13,999!

    I apologize; I’ve owed you an update for quite a while. It’s just that so much has happened so quickly, that every time I start to post, something else happens. Our lives have changed greatly this past fall as for a variety of reasons I’ve given up my volunteering with a local cat rescue, something I had done for almost 10 years. The additional time gained from no longer managing a Petsmart adoption center, no longer coordinating 1000 cat volunteers and 5 adoption events each weekend, and no longer answering 30 emails a day – has gone to other things.
    As Jay hinted last week, we do have some new house panthers. More than a couple (i.e., 3). I found Ingrid’s blog in 2010 while looking into “tortitude” when Brooke, our tortie, wouldn’t get along with the most recent addition, Sabrina, a black kitten who literally adopted me after appearing at a few adoption events and clinging to me as if her life depended on it. I always suspected that Sabrina had one orange hair somewhere, because she had the ‘tude. (All of the attitude, none of the orange warning hairs  ) As most of you know, Sabrina passed away in June of 2013, about the time that a kind soul trapped a litter of feral kittens at the Cape May NJ County airport. My daughter volunteers with Animal Outreach of Cape May, and we happened to be at the shelter the day the trap with kittens came in. They were quite feral. 6 months later, we were again at the shelter, and I was befriended by Bobby, a very engaging, black, half-grown cat. He was one of those kittens, as it turned out. Took a month of pleading, but at the end of December 2013, he came home. Another time, I’ll tell you about all the good things he did normalizing relations between our remaining 5 cats. Bobby had a sister, Polly. Polly became pretty friendly, too… and in April of 2014, she joined us. And then… there was one left. Charlie, the most feral of the litter, who didn’t really trust people. But… he liked me. I could – some of the time – approach him and pet him. By December 2014, he was a big, adult, black cat with sketchy people skills, who was never going to be adopted. So, to his great dismay, on January 2, 2015, he found himself in a carrier on his way to Virginia. Charlie has come a long way in just a month – this morning (and several past mornings) he has curled up on my lap. He is adusting quite well, is able to be out with all the other cats, though he is still a bit skittish and I try to close him in a room with me for at least some time during the day for one on one time, where he really relaxes and cuddles with me. One night this week, he actually slept in bed with me, all night.
    Meanwhile – our 4th black cat, Henry, has been very ill. Diagnosed with diabetes 18 months ago, we have had to learn to test his blood glucose twice a day, give insulin shots, and as he’s lost weight to a critical level, have added several medications for his irritable bowel disease and liver disfunction. We reached crisis state last week when what we thought was encouraging weight gain turned out to be fluid building up around a failing heart. After emergency hospitalization, Henry is now home on a long list of additional meds – but is doing well. We will treasure whatever time we have left.
    And now you know why I haven’t been around, much!

    Reply
    • Ingrid
      February 1, 2015 at 3:44 pm (7 months ago)

      You’ve had quite a run lately, Harry. I’m glad Henry is home. I the new meds and being back home will turn things around.

      And we have officially hit 14,000 comments!

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    • Jay
      February 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm (7 months ago)

      I have been following Henry on Harry’s Facebook page but realize others ( Glen being one) is in the dark as to the new additions in the Shubin household. Sending healing prayers to Henry and I knew Charlie would fit in. Did not realize you had given up on volunteering at the adoption shelter.
      I know you will miss that.

      Hoping that maybe this year we can get another get together of Ingrid’s Blog friends. Had so much fun last time. Maybe this time I can enjoy the food.

      Reply
      • Glen
        February 3, 2015 at 8:53 pm (7 months ago)

        Yeah, that is a lot of news.

        I hope things go well with Henry.

        Reply
        • Harry
          February 3, 2015 at 11:41 pm (7 months ago)

          Thanks, Glen. It’s been a rough time, but so far, Henry seems ok. Two more meds to add into the cocktail beginning later this week, but we’re managing. Henry really seems comfortable and content. Yes, Jay – no volunteering as of the end of October. It’s a long story I’ll tell you off line at some point, a combination of burnout, creative differences, family issues, and such. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, “I’ll be back.” (Or was that Gen. McArthur?) I take solace in having time to spend with my own cats – time to tame a fraidy cat like Charlie, who sat on my lap for an hour this morning (only to be replaced by his sister). And if you’re wondering if they remember each other – a few minutes ago Brooke started behaving aggressively to PHolly, and Charlie interceded between them, gave Brooke the stink eye (impressive for a non-tortie) and then licked PHolly’s head.

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  42. Glen
    January 31, 2015 at 7:32 pm (7 months ago)

    Now here’s something you don’t see every day, courtesy of Gigi, this afternoon.

    A large, 15 pound, long hair torti chasing her tail on the living room rug.

    She was in rare form today, she is very happy here.

    Reply
    • Ingrid
      February 1, 2015 at 6:56 am (7 months ago)

      I love it when they do that! I’ve never seen Allegra chase her tail, but Ruby does it occasionally.

      Reply
    • Jay
      February 1, 2015 at 10:35 am (7 months ago)

      And why would she NOT be happy. Your cats( along with all ours) have got it made. Love, attention and playmates to keep in shape by keeping them active. Onyx has a challenge with Frankie – but he does play with him.

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      • Glen
        February 3, 2015 at 9:00 pm (7 months ago)

        I was concerned about Gigi at first when we brought her here.

        She had come from a very caring home, which had gone through some unfortunate upsets, then she was brought here, to a different place that she was unfamiliar with.

        She spent a substantial part of her first 4 weeks here hiding and she would come out for a bit.

        She was allowed to go at her own pace and the hiding stopped in time.

        For the first year, here, she seemed pretty happy but I wondered if she was just waiting, thinking she might eventually get back to her old home.

        Over a year ago, she seemed to change for the better like, “this IS home” now. She is much more settled, like she owns the place.

        Spontaneous tail chasing was just another sign as to how settled, happy and energetic she is.

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  43. Lisa
    January 30, 2015 at 2:31 am (7 months ago)

    I have a torti kitten. About 4 months old. That girl put the word tude in tortitude. I love her but she bites a lot. I don’t want her to lose her attitude, but I need to stop the bitting. Any sugestions?

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    • Jay
      February 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm (7 months ago)

      Lisa, tell us more about your Tortie. What is her name ? And I love Torties with Tortitude. There are so few left on here. Our main players – Diesel, Steeler, Kasey and Stirfry are angels now.

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      • Ingrid
        February 2, 2015 at 2:05 pm (7 months ago)

        I beg to differ. Each tortie is unique, and each tortie expresses her (or in rare cases, his) tortitude in their own special way.

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        • Glen
          February 3, 2015 at 9:13 pm (7 months ago)

          Kasey earned her nickname “Warrior Queen”, she was tortitude on steroids.

          This was her nature and was further developed spending 8 or 9 years in a tough environment.

          She was fearless and an aggressive, very skilled fighter that actually sought out altercation with any other animal. I have rarely seen this combination of traits.

          However, she was very attached to me and showed affection with the same intensity. She seemed to know when I was coming home from work and would wait for me by the back door.

          She has been gone close to 2 years and I still miss her terribly.

          Gigi is my big, long haired, 15 pound torti.

          She is a complete opposite; she is a gentle giant who gets along with all other domestic animals and introduces a quiet atmosphere into a group of critters. She is a “nurse cat” that looks worried when another animal is ailing, or is being taken to the vet.

          It is a good thing she is like this, she is a big, strong cat.

          Gigi is also very attached to me and also often greets me by the back door when I return from work.

          She got to meet Kasey for the last two months of Kasey’s life. Kasey was feisty up until the last few weeks but she seemed to accept Gigi and got along well with her, which was very unusual.

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          • Jay
            February 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm (7 months ago)

            Yes, every Tortie is unique. My Tabatha was a gentle cat that loved most others, Diver ( a rare male – has no Tortitude and is like Gigi – breaks up fights and takes care of his kitten Onyx, Styx has a little Tortitude ( Bernie says she is just mean) and has sent people to Urgent Care to be patched up. Stirfry was my 1st Tortie and was unique in that her Tortitude was to the extreme. Had a major chip on her shoulder and did not get along with anyone. But she loved me for rescuing her and giving her all my love. There will never be another like that for me.

  44. Sean
    January 27, 2015 at 10:09 am (7 months ago)

    I also rescued my little torti from the Humane Society also. Abby is a little over a year old now. I truly believe in tortitude! It’s funny how many facial expressions I have seen coming from certain meows. The funniest one is the “yelling” at me. The little eyes squinted with the ears pinned back and the teeth showing. I always ask her “Why are you yelling at me?” and she runs off and has that little trill in her voice. She trills too when I throw her toy across the room and she chases after it. I’ve almost figured out all of the meows and facial expressions, lol. She loves to chase me and be chased. She loves to “hide” and when I “find” her she jumps in the air at me. She likes to stalk me and I’ll stalk back. I also taught her to attack me but be nice about it. She’ll grab my hand and kick with her back feet but with now claws.

    I have a question though. There is one place in the house, my attic, When I go up there with her she gets extremely happy and just starts talking away and head butting me and purrs like crazy. What causes this? I have researched and just can’t find an answer. I have a lot of boxes that she plays in and on up there. The only thing I can think of is that, that is her area and she is telling me what she’s doing when she goes up there by herself.

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    • Ingrid
      January 27, 2015 at 10:22 am (7 months ago)

      It sounds like your attic is a wonderful playground for Abby, Sean. She’s probably giving you a running commentary on her activities up there, with an occasional “oh, Dad, this is so much fun!” thrown in. :-) I love the little trill some torties have – it’s such a sweet sound.

      Reply
    • Jay
      February 1, 2015 at 10:54 am (7 months ago)

      Congrats Sean on adopting a Tortie and taking another cat out of the system. I had a Tortie that played with me. Stirfry had a way of playing that anyone else would think was aggressive and dangerous. But I knew her and it was her way of playing – there was always a head rub and chin rub afterwards. Anyone else was in a world of hurt if they even got close to her. The other cats avoided her at all costs.
      Enjoy your playtime but make sure she controls herself. Bernadette, Ingrid and Harry are our experts on here and can teach you a lot.

      Reply

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