Mews and Nips: Rare Male Tortie Helps Artist Through Illness


Eddie, a rare male tortoiseshell cat who shares his home with artist Charlotte Hann in Taunton in the UK, is helping his human cope with several debilitating illnesses that rendered her unable to leave her house. Charlotte says Eddie and her artwork help her deal with her constant pain. “Some people who are ill tend to think about all the things they can’t do, but I prefer to think about what I can do,” she told This is the West Country. “Eddie is an absolute delight and like a little best friend to me. One should never underestimate the healing power of pets!” You can read more about Eddie and Charlotte here. The story claims that only 1 in 400,000 tortoiseshell cats is male, but according to a study by the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, that number is 1 in 3000.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we talked about the gifts of autumn, on Monday, we told you about a new database that lets you search for a veterinary specialist anywhere in the US, on Tuesday, we asked you to take a brief survey (and if you haven’t already done so, we’d love to hear from you, and you might win a $50 Amazon gift card,) on Wednesday, we introduced you to Pet First Aid 4 U, on Thursday, Allegra talked about her experience of going to the veterinary dentist, and on Friday, we reviewed A Gift From Bob (enter to win a copy.)

Today’s video is titled The Neediest Cat in the World. Kodi really loves his daddy! However, I think Ruby could give him a run for his money for this title.

Have a great weekend!

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7 Comments on Mews and Nips: Rare Male Tortie Helps Artist Through Illness

  1. Gail
    October 17, 2015 at 5:19 pm (4 years ago)

    2013 we saw roaming a long haired calico. Took awhile to catch HIM. He had been shot in front leg, so we amputated leg, pulled several teeth from 8 yr old fella. Peg Leg Pete is super social, can really work a room so to speak. He was adoptd by a nice, cat savvy lady. He amazed us all at the shelter.

  2. Cristy
    October 17, 2015 at 10:15 am (4 years ago)

    The picture shows a calico, not a tortie

    • Ingrid
      October 18, 2015 at 6:00 am (4 years ago)

      In the UK, this type of coloring is considered a tortie. In the US, we would call it a tortie with white.

  3. Janine
    October 17, 2015 at 7:42 am (4 years ago)

    Eddie is such a gorgeous cat. I really do believe in the power of pets when it comes to healing. I did the survey earlier in the week. I always enjoy your posts. This is my favorite cat blog.

    • Ingrid
      October 18, 2015 at 6:02 am (4 years ago)

      Aww, thank you, Janine!

  4. Irene Holt
    October 17, 2015 at 5:28 am (4 years ago)

    Love this.I had a tortie girl who was my Beautifu Jessie.I have another Beautiful girl now as Jessie has gone to Rainbow Bridge.Now my Beautiful Spice who is anothe rescue is my latest fur baby.She is much darker and with no white but the Vet classed her as tortie. Is this right.

    • Ingrid
      October 17, 2015 at 5:59 am (4 years ago)

      Typically, torties have no or very little white, so yes, your girl definitely sounds like a tortie. In the UK, cats like Eddie in the photo at the top of the post are considered torties, whereas in the US, they would be considered tortie with white.


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