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A Tribute to Brooke


It’s always sad when a friend’s cat dies. My heart hurts for what I know they’re about to go through as they mourn their loss. We’ve all been there, and even though everyone grieves in their own unique way, we all know how hard it is. This past Wednesday a tortie named Brooke lost her battle with cancer. Brooke has a special place in my heart. She belonged to very dear friends of mine, and if it wasn’t for Brooke, I never might have met them.Continue Reading

Discovering Tortitude: Under Thisbe’s Peach Paw


Guest post by Clea Simon

How soon is too soon to invite another feline spirit into one’s life? That’s a question I still don’t know the answer to. We lost Musetta, my beautiful feline muse, in September – nine months ago – and I miss her still. Something will trigger a memory – the sight of another tuxedo cat, though never one with whiskers as long and graceful as hers, a shadow falling by the window where she used to lounge – and I am thrown back into mourning.Continue Reading

Mimosa’s Story: A Tortoiseshell Mother Cat’s Love


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Editor’s note: Mimosa’s foster mom, who wanted to remain anonymous, shared Mimosa’s story with me.

At the end of January, a very pregnant stray cat was brought to the local pound. She was a stray and had been wandering alone, trying to survive the bitter cold, until someone found her and surrendered her to the shelter. I knew her kittens would be vulnerable to infection at the pound, so as soon as the shelter staff called me, I rushed over to pick her up. The very next day, Mimosa’s five tiny kittens were born – as if she were waiting for a safe place to have them.Continue Reading

Tortoiseshell Cat Decides to Become Therapy Cat at Assisted Living Facility


When a Cambridge, New York man found a stray tortoiseshell cat on the street, he took her in, then realized that she had had kittens under his porch. While he was on the way to the vet with her, he stopped for coffee, and she got out of his car. He was unable to catch her. But this tortie was on a mission: she made her way to the Mansion, a nearby assisted care facility. It soon became clear that she wanted to live there.Continue Reading

Meet MezzoMixx, a Very Unusual Male Tortie


The vast majority of tortoiseshell cats are female, because two X chromosomes are required to produce black, gold and orange coloring. Male cats only have one X and one Y chromosome, so technically it’s genetically almost impossible for a male to inherit the tortoiseshell coloring. A male tortoiseshell has an extra X chromosome, making it an XXY. According to a study by the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, only 1 in 3,000 tortoiseshell cats is male. Due to the chromosome imbalance, male tortoiseshell cats are (usually) sterile.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Tortoiseshell Cat Angel Tree Topper


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Laura Anglemoyer, the artist behind KittyCat Studio, creates beautiful and unique handmade cat items ranging from ornaments to picture frames to food bowls and much, much more. Her whimsical creations are sure to bring a smile to your face, and they all make purrfect gifts. Laurel can even create custom made items from photos of your cats.Continue Reading

Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude in Stores Today


Today is a very big day for Allegra, Ruby and me: today is the official launch day for Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude! This means that the book will be in stores today.

The book is currently an Amazon Bestseller, and we hope it will do really well in stores, too. Please tell all your cat loving friends about the book. If you don’t see it in your local bookstore, you can ask the store to order it for you. And of course, the book is available from Amazon and other online retailers.Continue Reading

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