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Coco Bear, an Impish Tortie
Tortoiseshell cats have coats with the lovely autumn color palette in shades of brown, black, and orange. Like calicos, tortoiseshell cats, also called torties for short, are almost always female. Rare male torties are almost always sterile. These anomalies happen due to the breed's complicated genetic patterning of chromosomes and genes. Torties also share a common personality trait so unique to these multicolored cats that it's called "tortitude." Tortie fans, such as Coco Bear's owner, describe their cats as having over-the-top personalities that are humorous and naughty, but always delightful. Coco Bear's impish, playful character captured her owner's heart, and she was quickly named for her plush, thick teddy bear-like coat.
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Patches, Part Manx and Part Tortie
Patches is a tortoiseshell kitty with a lot of personality. She's also part Manx. Her owners adopted her from a no-kill animal shelter. Patches is lucky because before she landed in the no-kill shelter, she was living in a regular shelter where she was a day away from being euthanized. She's always on the go, especially when it comes to playing her favorite game of fetch. Patches chases after her favorite little ball then carry it around in her mouth for safekeeping.
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Muffy, a Chatty-Kathy Cat
Muffy is a talkative tortie and she's always sharing stories with her owners. She always wants to be the center of attention, and this helpful tortie is always around to give her owners a helping hand. Every person in the household knows that Muffy rules the roost. There's never a dull moment with this unique tortie around because everything she does makes her owners laugh.
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Starburst, the Kitten Warrior
When the owners moved into their first mountain home, it was apparent there was a large feral cat population. They began to trap, neuter, and return, also called TNR. Results were successful, but one beautiful black queen still left behind a litter of six kittens in their yard. Though most of the litter disappeared in a little over a week, two wild and woolly kittens remained. The two remaining kittens, a tortie and a tuxedo cat, soon tamed down. Now Starburst the tortie and Tuck the tuxedo have turned into the sweetest cats in the neighborhood.
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Niki, a Shy Tortie
Niki came to live with her owners when she was eight weeks old. She's affectionately called by her nickname, Snickerdoodle. She's a shy tortie, and choosy about with whom she shows affection. Niki has a diluted tortoiseshell coat with less intense coloring.
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Bailey, the Tortie With a Toothache
Bailey was abandoned by her previous owner. The lucky tortie was taken in by a foster family with loads of patience. Bailey wasn't exactly the kindest cat when she arrived in her new home. She was a prickly, untrusting cat, but her new owner had much patience with her. It turned out that some of Bailey's teeth were severely decaying, which contributed to her growly mood. Once the teeth were removed and her dental health restored, Bailey became one of the most loving, affectionate torties around.
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Havoc, the Mighty Huntress
Havoc is full of tortitude with her siblings, but sweet and docile with her owners. Havoc is also one mighty mouser. She walks around her home between hunts with her beautiful bushy tail standing straight up in the air and her tail's tip waving ever so slightly. Havoc is so good at what she does that she's earned the nickname "Mighty Huntress."
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Pif, a Playful Cutie
Meet Pif, an extraordinary male tortie. His favorite activity is playing with a paper ball, which is exactly what he was doing when this photo was taken. Male torties can have fur that is dominated by either black or orange. Apparently, Pif prefers to wear black.
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Sadie, the Squeaking Tortie
Sadie is a sweet tortie with a squeaky little voice. She's an affectionate lap cat who became even sweeter after she had major ear surgery to remove her ear canal. Still playful, Sadie loves to play with string. She also prefers to sit next to her owner for loving petting sessions.
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OOT, a Fearless Tortie
OOT showed up to her owner's home in the middle of a summer night and invited herself in for some food. She was once a scrawny little cat. But don't let that sweet and innocent face fool you because she's grown into a beautiful companion full of hiss, spit, and OOT-titude.
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Isabelle, a Loving Tortie
This young Tortie, named Isabelle, lives with her owner and an orange tabby named Little Harry. Isabelle was adopted when she was a feral kitten and Harry was a rescue cat. Though it was a rocky road learning to get along when they first met, they're now adjusting well.
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Ivy, Adopted Into the Family
Ivy got her name because she was discovered in a patch of ivy right after she was born and abandoned by her mother. Ivy is lucky because she was found within three minutes of her birth, and quickly adopted by her adoring family.
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Misty Lee, a Blue Persian Tortie
Misty Lee was just five weeks old when she first fit in the palm of her owner's hand. Now, this blue Persian tortie and has grown to over 20 pounds. Misty Lee is an unusual mix of tortoiseshell and Persian. Persians come in many color varieties, divided into divisions. Misty Lee fits into the "parti-color" division, which consists of a mix of muted pastels with undertones of lilac and cream.
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Mudpie, a Slice of Sweetness
Meet Mudpie. She acquired her name because she looks like she rolled around in a slice of mud pie. She arrived as a September baby, a perfect time for a tortie to usher in the autumn. Notice Mudpie's striking copper eyes.
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Allie, a Fearless Kitten
Allie and her owner are completely fearless. The little tortie was found abandoned when her owner went skydiving one summer. Both Allie and her owner have larger than life personalities. This tortoiseshell cat lives in a home with four other cats, and keeping in tortie fashion, she's the courageous leader of the entire clan.
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Baby, an Active Senior Feline
Baby was rescued from a shelter with a grim prognosis from the vet due to her many ailments. Her owner was determined to nurse her back to health. Baby grew into a healthy and active senior feline. She's a loving, talkative, and funny tortie that loves to sit in baskets. Baby and her owner also love to snuggle together under the covers while watching television.
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Chloe, a Laid-Back Cat
Chloe is a long-haired tortie. She's naturally inquisitive and has found herself shut inside closets and the attic. Her owner never knows if she's into mischief because she rarely meows and is unusually patient for a tortie. Instead, Chloe will take a nap until she's found.
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Sonsy, the Birthday Girl
When Sonsy turned five years old, her owner gave her a delicious treat for her birthday. This fortunate tortie received the gift of a birthday candle squirted with soft cheese in a can. Sonsy spent the rest of her special day celebrating by eating cat treats and napping.
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Patch, the Queen Tortie
Patch, shown here at four years old, was rescued when she was a nursing mom living on the streets. Her owners found homes for all of her kittens and then had Patch fixed. Now she leads a comfortable life indoors, just where a queen should be.
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Piper, a Long-Hair Burmese
Piper's full name is quite unique. Prudence Raven Maru Phoebe Dandelion Paige is called Piper, Pipey, or Pipe, likely to honor that little striped nose of hers. She's a long-hair tortoiseshell Burmese with tortitude, and getting into trouble is her favorite past-time. She loves to lay around the house, especially on clothing just taken out of the dryer. She drinks water straight from the faucet and chases bugs of all kinds.
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Normal, a Halloween Kitty
There's rarely anything ordinary about a tortie. But, meet Normal. Shown here at 16 months old, she's dressed up as a princess for Halloween. One of the best things about dressing up a cat in a costume for Halloween is watching its face for a reaction.
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Kiwi, the Sun Worshiper
Kiwi loves to sunbathe in the window. Luckily, her owners know they can always find her there when the sun is shining. They found this beauty as a kitten at the front door of a local restaurant and decided to take her home.
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Natasha, Full of Tortitude
Natasha has an overabundance of tortitude. She's a little rascal around her siblings, which includes a dog and a chubby orange tabby cat. But, they've learned to live harmoniously with an impish and mischievous tortoiseshell cat.
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Hayley, the Mathematical Cat
This is Hayley, a beautiful and shy long-haired tortie. She loves to be pet on her terms, which means she doesn't like to be picked up. She also enjoys watching television with her pal, a stuffed animal named Boots. Hayley may be a closet mathematician. She's most fascinated with watching children's public television shows that teach math.
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Autumn, the Hiking Tortie
Autumn and her owner were hiking in the woods separately when they met. This tortie was walking around on the trail's rocks and meowing at everyone who passed. She'd obviously been abandoned in the wilderness. Her new owner scooped her up, brought her home, and introduced her to a large family of 14 cats. Autumn immediately became the alpha female feline of the brood.
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Eartha Kitty, the Blanket Expert
Eartha Kitty is a tortie full of personality. The thing she loves the most in life is to lounge around on a blanket. Her owners like to give her a blanket of the month for a treat. Eartha Kitty prefers chenille to scratchy wool any day of the week.
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Turtle, the Hiding Tortie
This tortie named Turtle is super-shy kitty and prefers to hide all the time, just like a turtle disappearing into a shell. When she's out and about, she loves to chase laser lights. She also carries a plastic top hat around the house. In this photo taken when she was four, she came out of her shell for a while to sit on the speaker. Here, she's trying to figure out where the sound of the music was coming from.
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Muffy, Eternally Youthful
When a cat is over 15 years of age, it's considered geriatric. Muffy, photographed here at 19 years young, is still as soft as she was the day her owner brought her home when she was six weeks old. Muffy stays in good health though she's deaf. Muffy's owners think she gets her youthful feline looks because she eats a lot of chicken, which is her favorite food.
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Harley Davidson, the Purring Machine
This long-haired tortie is named Harley Davidson because she has the loudest purr you've ever heard. She was adopted from a local Humane Society when she was three months of age. She's gentle as a lamb, except when she goes to the veterinarian where it takes three assistants to hold her down. Although at first reluctant, she's become an affectionate older auntie to a new kitten in the house, named Lucy.
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Milagros, a Clever Cat
Milagros is one smart kitty. She knows how to open doors and she uses a toilet seat for her private business. Her owners never trained her how to use the toilet, Milagros just figured it out all by herself.
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Mallorie, Loves Laps and Naps
Mallorie was adopted from a rescue center. She shows her owner how grateful and happy she is every day by napping on her lap. When she's awake, Mallorie likes to play ball on the stairs of her home.
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Fluffy, the Fluff Ball
Fluffy is a high-spirited tortie that loves playfully sneak attack her owner. When she was six-weeks-old, Fluffy's owner thought she would be a striped cat. But the family veterinarian realized she was actually a true tortoiseshell kitty.
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Kit, a Mysterious Irish Kitty
Kit was rescued from Galway, Ireland. She loves playing with flowers, butterflies, and bumblebees. Her owners named her Kit because she looks like a character of the same name in the feline detective book series, called "The Joe Grey Mysteries" by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. Like her namesake, Kit the tortie is surrounded by mystery.
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Rocky, a Boxer at Heart
This owner's dog Roo found Rocky underneath a bush in their backyard and brought her up to the house. Rocky was barely able to walk or see as her eyes were just opening at the time. Now, she's an affectionate and happy tortie. She was named Rocky for the way she'd stand up on her hind legs and box like Rocky Balboa with Roo and others when she was a kitten.
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Scud Muffin, the Resilient Tortie
Scud Muffin is a resilient and beloved tortie with a sad beginning, but a happy future. Her mother gave birth to a litter just after she was rescued from starvation and near death. Scud Muffin was the only survivor of the litter and lives a comfortable life with another rescued cat, named Jonny. They love to play and wrestle with each other, just as true siblings would. When Scud Muffin isn't playing, she's running laps in her hallway, napping, gazing out the window, and sleeping next to her owner who's finishing up homework.
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Luna, a Hurricane Survivor
This is Luna, a nearly all-black tortoiseshell cat. She was rescued from a shelter in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She's a bit moody around people, but she's happy around her owner. She loves to play with toy mice and candy (non-chocolate) wrappers. Her owner loves her and is grateful they'll be together for a long time.
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Mama Cheetah, Fiercely Independent
Mama Cheetah, or M.C., fended for herself as an outdoor cat for a long time. But, she chose to visit a family that already had a cat, so she didn't immediately become part of the family. In fact, it took two years. One summer the temperatures soared while M.C. was pregnant. The family began to leave her food and water so she wouldn't be stressed. M.C. brought her two surviving kittens to the house and that's when everyone became one big family. M.C. and her kittens went to the vet for appropriate care. Only one of M.C.'s kittens survived, growing up to be a strapping kitty named Harry the Bear. M.C. stays indoors most of the time, but she heads outdoors when the weather is just right. Otherwise, she's content to nap in the middle of the guest bedroom, which she's claimed as her own room.
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Melinda and Keeko, Neighborhood Celebrities
Melinda and Keeko are two cuddle bugs that draw attention wherever they go. The two torties often go for walks on a leash to visit pet stores, parks, church, and other kitty-approved spots. They were community celebrities from the beginning. Melissa, a tortoiseshell tabby, was adopted at a SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) adoption event held in a pet store. Keeko was later adopted at the local animal hospital after she was given up. Keeko's former owners thought she was too much of a handful to keep her. But, with some TLC, Keeko calmed down and became a valued member of the family.
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Molly Ann, a Talkative Tortie
Beautiful Molly Ann is one of the most chatty torties you'll ever meet. Though tortoiseshell cats are thought to be more vocal than other types of cats, some felines seem to want to have a deeper conversation with their owners, like Molly Ann. But if you're an owner of a talkative cat, sometimes it helps to understand what they're trying to tell you.