Celebrate the First Annual Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day on April 17


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!Continue Reading

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The Purrfect Gift for Cat Lovers: Personalized Autographed Books


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Personalized and autographed books make wonderful holiday gifts, and I’d be happy to gift wrap and ship directly to the recipient for you. To order personalized, autographed copies of my books, please contact me via email. Of course, all of my books are also available on Amazon for easy ordering.Continue Reading

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A Tribute to Snoes, Who Lives on in Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude


I’ve received a lot of wonderful feedback about my new book, Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude. Many of you have reached out via email and social media to let me know how much you love the book, and every one of your emails makes me so happy.

This past Sunday, I received an email from Anita Botman, whose tortie Snoes is featured in the book. Anita’s email was a little different from the others:Continue Reading

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The Purrfect Pair: Tortitude and Homer

UC Davis Study Finds That Torties and Calicos are “More Challenging”


Veterinarians from UC Davis have discovered, in recently published research, that cats with calico and tortoiseshell coat patterns tend to challenge their human companions more often than cats of other colors. This certainly comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever been owned by a tortie or calico, but I found it interesting that we are starting to see studies that seem to confirm that tortitude is real.Continue Reading

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Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude in Stock and Shipping From Amazon Now


It looks like all of those gorgeous torties that will be featured in my new book, Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude didn’t want to wait until February 5, which was the scheduled release date, and decided to move things along a bit. The book is in stock and shipping from Amazon now! If you pre-ordered your copy, you should receive it in the next few days.

I’m not entirely sure what went wrong, because this wasn’t supposed to have happened, and I won’t get a chance to talk to my publisher until after the holidays, but I’d say it’s safe to say that a hefty dose of tortitude had a little something to do with it, don’t you think?

I will continue to donate $1 for every copy ordered before the original release date of February 5, 2016 to the Jackson Galaxy Foundation.

Advance Praise for Tortitude from Jackson Galaxy

“To call torties misunderstood would be the understatement of the year; the misinformed and un-initiated might just see them as moody, grouchy or mean! In this book, Ingrid brings all of her talent, skill and heart to the job of setting the tortie record straight. Anybody who has had the honor of sharing their life with a tortie (like me, as you can see from these pictures of my dear, departed Chuppy) owes Ingrid a debt of gratitude, because she has taken the stereotype, turned it on it’s head, and opened the world’s eyes to the true meaning of tortitude.”

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk animals by transforming the places they live and by helping the people who care for them. They believe that the best dreams are big and that no animal should die waiting for a home. They are working to make this dream a reality.

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Tortitude: The BIG Book of Cat With a BIG Attitude Pre-Order Update


Thank you to all of you who have already pre-ordered Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude! I’m very excited  that the book has been showing fairly consistently at #1 in “New Releases – Cat Breeds,” and even though torties are not a breed (read the book for more on this!), I’m not going to argue with Amazon about being #1!

Unfortunately, it appears that Amazon has gotten a little ahead of themselves, Continue Reading

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Study Suggests Link Between Feline Aggression and Certain Coat Colors


A new study at the University of California Davis suggests that there may be a link between feline aggression and certain coat colors. Lead researcher Dr. Liz Stelow and her team looked at data from 1,274 anonymous cat caretakers who answered an online survey about their cats’ behavior.Continue Reading

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Are Tortoiseshell Cats More Talkative Than Other Cats?


Even though I have absolutely no scientific evidence, in my experience, when it comes to being talkative, tortoiseshell cats have most other cats beat.

Buckley was one of the most vocal cats I’ve ever come across. She had a range of expression from an almost silent meow to a very loud, demanding cry that almost approached a scream. I often heard her meowing or chattering somewhere in the house. It was almost as if she felt compelled to provide a running commentary on her activities: “I think I’ll go in the bedroom now.” “Oh, maybe I’ll jump up on the window perch. That looks like fun.” “Oh, look! There’s a big blue bird by the feeder!” It seemed that her constant delight at everything in her life needed to be expressed out loud.Continue Reading

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It’s Tortie Girls Time!

Tortie Girls cover

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“The gold and orange and yellow of tortoiseshell cats may seem more of an autumn theme, but for me those bright colors always meant June and sunshine,” says animal artist and writer Bernadette E. Kazmarski. “I love to welcome the summer with my tortie girls Cookie and Kelly on as many items as I can make.”

She originally designed these prints in 2001 before digital and gicleé printing were affordable to sell at art festivals and to donate to shelter and rescue events.Continue Reading

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Your Tortie Could Be in My New Book


I am super excited to announce that Mango Media will be publishing my new book, Tortitude: The Little Book of Cats With a Big Attitude, in February of 2016. The book will include fun facts about torties, as well as funny, inspirational and thought-provoking quotes, and, of course, lots and lots of photos of torties.

And this is where you come in:Continue Reading

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