Celebrating the First Annual Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day in Memory of Ruby


Today would have been Ruby’s adoption anniversary.  Nine years ago today, I brought my precious little kitten 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 honor of her memory, I created Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day* to celebrate torties in all their uniqueness and beauty. Today, and every year on April17, 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

Use hashtag
with your social shares

Today, the internet will be a more beautiful place because it will be taken over by torties!


Allegra and Ruby in 2012

*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.

Tortitude banner for posts with border

24 Comments on Celebrating the First Annual Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day in Memory of Ruby

  1. Sue Brandes
    April 19, 2020 at 3:55 pm (11 months ago)

    She is a beautiful kitty.

  2. Ingrid
    April 18, 2020 at 5:31 am (11 months ago)

    A huge, heartfelt thank you to all of you for making the first annual Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day such a huge success! I know Ruby was smiling down on all of us from heaven.

    • Susan C. Beurket
      April 18, 2020 at 9:17 pm (11 months ago)

      So glad to have a special day for her! Hope & pray your heart is starting to heal. My cat, Alli, was just diagnosed with CRF/CKD last month.

  3. Lyn Eggleston
    April 17, 2020 at 11:42 pm (11 months ago)

    I have been celebrating the first Tortoiseshell Appreciation Day with my beautiful Esme, and remembering the gorgeous Ruby with love.

  4. Brian Frum
    April 17, 2020 at 8:18 pm (11 months ago)

    Happy Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day beautiful Angel. There were lots of torties posting today in your honor.

  5. Twin Torties
    April 17, 2020 at 8:00 pm (11 months ago)

    Thanks Ruby! We love this holiday!

  6. Susan C. Beurket
    April 17, 2020 at 6:39 pm (11 months ago)

    You said that many breeds can exhibit the tortoiseshell pattern. However, Siamese is *not* one of them. Siamese only come in 4 different naturally occurring color points: seal, chocolate, blue & lilac. All other pointed type coloring in cats are Colorpoint Shorthairs, often mistakenly called Siamese.

  7. Melissa & Mudpie
    April 17, 2020 at 6:35 pm (11 months ago)

    Thank you so, so much for creating this special day! It’s been a long time coming.

  8. Timmy Tomcat
    April 17, 2020 at 2:26 pm (11 months ago)

    We really enjoyed visiting all our Tortie friends today and really thank you for this great day. Dear Ruby is so glad and happy at the Bridge

  9. Jackie Pasquini
    April 17, 2020 at 1:59 pm (11 months ago)

    Great and loving way to honor Ruby and Allegra. I have two Torties still at home…Amanda and Sugar. My Pumpkin went to the Bridge January 19th and I know she will celebrate this day with Ruby xoxox

  10. Debi
    April 17, 2020 at 1:16 pm (11 months ago)

    Hugs to you and Allegra. Ruby will be in your hearts always!

  11. Steph
    April 17, 2020 at 12:45 pm (11 months ago)

    Bless you Ruby. Thinking of you, Allegra & your Mom today. ❤

  12. Melody
    April 17, 2020 at 12:45 pm (11 months ago)

    Hi everyone, I’ve never had the pleasure of having a tortie but I’ve heard so much about them and their famous tortitude! Can someone please explain to me this tortitude and what makes them such unique cats that I’ve heard so much about?

  13. Mason Canyon
    April 17, 2020 at 11:05 am (11 months ago)

    What a sweet and wonderful way to honor Ruby. Torties are beautiful.

  14. Ellen Pilch
    April 17, 2020 at 9:14 am (11 months ago)

    My Penny is celebrating on our blog today. Thank you for making a special day for special kitties. Such a great way to pay tribute to your sweet Allegra.

  15. Susan
    April 17, 2020 at 8:51 am (11 months ago)

    Our Hanna will be receiving extra treats and pets today in honor of Ruby and all torties on their special day! Thank you, Ingrid!

  16. Janine
    April 17, 2020 at 8:26 am (11 months ago)

    Happy Tortie Day! This is the perfect way to celebrate memories of Ruby.

  17. Connie Fischer
    April 17, 2020 at 8:02 am (11 months ago)

    May beautiful Ruby rest in peace. This is a wonderful way to honor her memory. I love my tortie, Sophie, so much. Her beautiful colors, gorgeous eyes, and loving ways make my heart so happy. Torties are the best!!

  18. Darlene
    April 17, 2020 at 7:28 am (11 months ago)

    I love Torties!

  19. Fran Vogel
    April 17, 2020 at 7:13 am (11 months ago)

    Great way to honor and remember your dear girl Ruby.

  20. Nancy Faulkner
    April 17, 2020 at 5:41 am (11 months ago)


    How wonderful, that you are apply for today as Tortitude Day in Ruby’s memory, and adaption day. Keep us informed on how your application is doing.

    Allegra, celebrate Toritude Day! Show the world that Torties are the best. I had three Tortie girls, who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge years ago. Spicer, CoCo, Pepper live on in my mind and heart through eternity!

    Grayson, Milo, Hamish, Nancy

  21. Summer
    April 17, 2020 at 2:51 am (11 months ago)

    We are featuring Binga on the blog today.

    • Ingrid
      April 17, 2020 at 5:04 am (11 months ago)

      Thank you for helping us celebrate, Summer!

  22. Sandy Weinstein
    April 17, 2020 at 1:20 am (11 months ago)

    that is wonderful, great way to honor Allegra


Leave a comment

First time visitors: please read our Comment Guidelines.