Black Cats have long had their special day – in fact, they have two days. Depending on who you ask, Black Cat Appreciation Day is celebrated on August 17 and October 27. And for many years, every year on those two dates, I have asked myself why there is no Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day. Well, that’s about to change!

I declare April 17, 2020 the first annual Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day!

I created this day in memory of Ruby. Why April 17? Because that’s Ruby’s adoption anniversary. Nine years ago, on April 17, 2011, I brought my precious little girl home.

Ingrid with Ruby
The day I picked Ruby up at her foster home

I never thought that she wouldn’t be here to celebrate her 9th adoption anniversary with Allegra and me. For those of you  new to The Conscious Cat, she passed away on December 18, 2019, after a brief illness.

In her memory, I call on all of you to celebrate torties in all their uniqueness and beauty. On April 17, let’s flood the internet with photos of our torties. Let’s turn Facebook, Instagram, and any other social  networks you’re a part of brown, tan, gold, black, cinnamon and all colors in between.

Let’s bring awareness to these often misunderstood cats and their tortitude.

Visit the official page of Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day
for more information

Please help  me spread the word! On April 17, the internet will be a more beautiful place because it will be taken over by torties!


I’d like to think that Ruby would love having a day in her memory that celebrates torties everywhere. In fact, she’s probably already planning on having an extra large helping of tuna cake, wherever she may be now.

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*I have applied for an official designation of this day from the National Day Archives, and my application is being processed. However, in the spirit of tortitude, and given how important it is to me to celebrate this day on Ruby’s first adoption anniversary after her passing, I’m pre-empting official approval and launching the celebration this year without an “official” designation.

25 Comments on Celebrate the First Annual Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day on April 17

  1. I found my Tortie in June of 2011, underneath the building where I worked. She was about six weeks old, and crying her little eyes out from hunger. I ran home to grab a can of tuna and coaxed her out. I have no idea how she came to be there, there wasn’t a momma cat or any other kittens anywhere nearby, but nonetheless, there she was.

    I already had a two year old black cat and a four month old grey tabby, but I brought her home anyway. The others immediately accepted her as part of our family. I named her Baby, because she was the baby of the house. My black cat became the queen of the clowder, which eventually grew to six cats. Baby still holds a special place in my heart, all 22 pounds of her, as she approaches her 11th birthday. Happy Tortie Day fellow Tortie lovers!

  2. I currently have my third tortie. All three were rescues and have had just wonderful personalities. They are the best. Willow and I will be happy to participate in a day honoring her and my former babies.

  3. “ABOUT TIME” We had our OWN DAY!” says Willow & Piper…
    I received these two at PAC our shelter here in Tucson and YES they both have Tortitude!!! Willow is about 1-1/2 Years old with one eye and she is a Gorgeous Tortie with a half black face, where she had her eye removed, and the other half of her face is tan….Piper is Willows daughter and has big feet, extra toes in front, and only weighs 3.7 pounds, and eats tons and is also a Gorgeous Tortie!!! who plays constantly!
    I just HAD to tell everybody about my two Torties….I have had cats all my life but never Torties before!!! I am so in LOVE with Them!
    PS RUBY is at Rainbow Bridge but She still visits You!

  4. I think that would be great to have a day for the turtle shells. Mine is Ewock. fuzz ball looking like an Ewock. Rescued from a convenient store over a yr a go. in the middle of the night and when I got off work I and customers worked on chasing around in parking lot until we caught. Mostly indoor. How can people throw a week old baby kitten out in a parking lot. I will never understand this type of evil. I am blessed with this little gift of life and giving me purpose. i walk by and pet it every time for a few minutes and start to walk away and it grabs me with its claws to bring me back. She must be in love with me.

  5. What a wonderful idea and about time that the beautiful Torties are recognized. I do know that there is plenty of Tuna Cake up at the Bridge and Ruby will be sharing some with my Tortie Pumpkin. I know my Amanda and Sugar here with me are so excited to have their own “day”. A beautiful way to honor Ruby xoxox

  6. Sounds good !
    I have a tortie !
    And i also lost a tortie very suddenly to cancer at only 6 years old. Heartbreaking.

    • What a purfect tortie day it will be. I lost my sweet Gabby a week ago. She had such tortitude. We have a diluted tortie but she doesn’t have the same tortie. She’s shy and reserved but just as beautiful. Can’t wait to see all the tortie’s.

  7. I love it. We have a Tortie. She is the poster child for what you say. Possessive, affectionate at times, but she bites & scratches without warning.
    We love her but are cautious about her sudden changes.

  8. What a wonderful idea, my Amira says yes please do. This is a great way to celebrate Ruby an all these beautiful , funny and joyful creatures who share our lives.

  9. I love it! This sounds great! I adore my feisty 3 legged torbie, Esme.

    Our adored companions mean so much and are so important – I will be celebrating this day in memory of all beautiful torties❤️❤️❤️ Darling Ruby, every life matters and you were precious

  10. Great idea Ingrid! Bella and I will be very happy to join in. Special cheese and tuna for Bella, and I can raise a glass to her, the other torties who have enriched my life, to lovely Ruby and torties everywhere! Thanks

  11. Ruby would be absolutely delighted to have a day in her honor. Very very nice idea, however, I have to add if Ruby can still whisper in Allegra’s ears, she would be saying, ‘big sister, I have a day in my honor, how about that, see if you can top that.’

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