Mews and Nips: Tortie Becomes Mayor of Michigan Town


The folks in Omena, Michigan have the right idea: the town of 280 inhabitants recently held a mayoral election, and all the candidates were animals. Not surprising to anyone who understands that cats are the superior species, Sweet Tart, a gorgeous tortoiseshell cat, won. Sweet Tart will reign until 2021, assisted by First Vice Mayor Diablo Shapiro the Dog, Second Vice Mayor Punkin Anderson-Harden the Dog, Press Secretary Harley Jones the Goat, and Special Assistant for Fowl Issues Penny Labriola the Chicken. Read more about the feline Mayor on (The People writer erroneously calls Sweet Tart a calico.)

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we told you about the dangers of high blood pressure in cats, on Tuesday, we reviewed the new Hauspanther TriPod Cat Lounge, on Wednesday, I told you about a very special painting, on Thursday, I shared a beautiful wicker end table cat bed that I fell in love with, and on Friday I announced my “Ask the Cat Expert” workshop at CatCon.

Today’s video provides an “awww” moment for sure – synchronized biscuit making!

Have a great weekend!

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2 Comments on Mews and Nips: Tortie Becomes Mayor of Michigan Town

  1. Ingrid
    July 28, 2018 at 5:19 am (2 years ago)

    Calicos have colored patches. Since this cat has the distinctive tortie markings, she is a tortoiseshell with white. In the UK, she would be considered a calico. There is, admittedly, a lot of confusion about these distinctions.

  2. Marge
    July 28, 2018 at 3:19 am (2 years ago)

    I would consider Sweet Tart, quite a stunning kitty BTW and probably well deserving of her mayoral win, a dark (non-dilute) calico based on definitions found for calico and tortoiseshell. My Ella, aka “Fluffy Pants” looks a LOT like Sweet Tart and is considered a dark calico. Your two girls are clearly Torties. My Peanut Butter is a Torbie, a tortoiseshell but with tabby stripes – she is a cutie (and a peanut, coming in at about 6.5lbs!), and the only white she has is a couple of whiskers on one side of her face (all the other whiskers and ‘eyebrows’ are black.)

    I discovered a new term while looking up the difference between calico and tortoiseshell – caliby, which is a calico with tabby stripes (have one of those too, Amanda falls under dilute calico/tabby!)

    All the places where I looked up the difference between calico and tortoiseshell clearly indicate that there is generally no white (sometimes there can be a very very VERY small amount, called ‘accents’) on tortoiseshell cats, and with torties the colors tend to be more blended or “mottled”. Sweet Tart and my Ella have much more defined areas or blocks of black and that peachy-orange color, along with very clear defined large white patches, which would make them calicos. There was some mention of tortoiseshell with white, but the clearer definition of the other colors and larger areas of white appears to make the difference between the two terms (torties are not true ‘tri-color’ where calicos are.) One other place defined calicos as being more white with the traditional other colors (my Katie is one such calico, mostly white with splotches of the red/orange and black.) However the major differences are lack of white (or extremely limited) on torties and clear blocks of color on calicos vs the mottled blending of the other two colors on torties. Based on that, I consider Sweet Tart (and my Ella) calicos, not torties.

    One reference, found via Wikipedia (Syufy, Franny):
    “Calico: Separate solid blocks of color, which must include red (orange), black, and white. They also may have blocks of tabby pattern, which produces an extremely colorful and beautiful cat. Dilute calicos, have the same separate blocks of color, only the colors are “diluted,” i.e. “faded” shades of the original, which gives them an ethereal appearance. A dilute calico will have pale orange or buff for the red, and gray (or “blue”) for the black.
    Tortoiseshell AKA “Tortie”: Torties are not true tri-color cats because they do not all contain white. Instead of solid blocks, torties’ coats weave the black and red throughout, creating a tapestry of color. They can evoke a feeling of fall. Tortoiseshell cats may also be dilute, with softer versions of the colors. Like the tabby, some torties may also have white accent markings, creating a “tortie with white.” They also sometimes have an interesting mix of tortoiseshell, with a bonus of tabby patterning mixed throughout. These cats are referred to as torbies. It should be noted that white plays a very small role in the tortoiseshell pattern; most of the color weaving is done with the red and black components.”

    One other anomaly I discovered years ago: ALL cats are tabbies (striped) but some have the gene turned off, so you see no stripes. One of my black cats (all black except a tiny dot on her neck/chest) actually HAS these stripes, known as “ghost stripes”. I initially thought it was my imagination, but in certain lights I swore I could see stripes (her sister, a tuxedo, also has them but they are much harder to see.) One picture I have, when posted on a large display, clearly shows her stripes!! So I now call her Tique Tiger (pronounced Tiki Tiger, short for Mystique Tiger.)


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