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NinaHeart Wed 08-May-13 09:37:27

Do tortoiseshell cats deserve their reputation for naughtiness? Are they indeed moody or mardy, prone to biting and acts of wickedness, or it is all an ugly rumour?

I ask becasue we have been offered a torty kitten and I'm a little nervous of their reputation!

Horsemad Sat 11-May-13 11:39:05

Stuffez - your new cat is almost identical to my first tortie. Gorgeous! smile

StuffezLaYoni Sat 11-May-13 11:35:27

I have just acquired a one year old, tiny brindle tortie girl. She's absolutely lovely - not a hint of malice. she leaps onto your chest when you're sitting on the sofa and rubs her face on your cheeks and kneads on you... she's brilliant. loves exploring - recently found her on top of my seven foot fridge!

Horsemad Sat 11-May-13 09:33:47

Tortitude we call it! grin

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 10-May-13 23:06:50

I have a grey and pink cream tortie grin and she is the sweetest, kindest cat ever. She has never bitten or scratched anyone, and is happy to be carried around by the DDs (she purrs loudly). However, she is not a lap cat, and only likes being stroked on her terms. (She pats your hand with her paw when she has had enough and walks off.)

lottieandmia Fri 10-May-13 21:30:09

We had a tortie cat - she was bonkers! But so interesting. She was very affectionate and didn't like to be left alone. Every time she wanted to go upstairs she would take a long run up to the wall opposite the stairs and bounce off it! She did it so many times the wallpaper started to wear away where she did it! She would also run up the curtains grin

Horsemad Fri 10-May-13 21:27:08

They definitely have tonnes of character! I've owned two and the first was an absolute minx, but my God I loved her smile

Current cat is tortie and she is stunningly beautiful but knows it and is such a bossy boots! grin Love her to bits.

RedwingWinter Fri 10-May-13 21:14:37

I have a black tortie and she is very talkative and mischievous. At three years old she still takes a flying leap at the top of the curtains and hangs there by her claws. She is into everything. She is also very affectionate. She is a lot of fun and completely adorable.

ZebraOwl Fri 10-May-13 00:29:00

Wonder if my cats (one blond, one black) might have got their sense of mischief from their tortie mummy then...

NinaHeart Thu 09-May-13 12:59:00

Gosh - what a lot of personaltiies cats have! I'm no nearer deciding whether a possibly-bonkers tortie is right for us or whether we need a quiter sort of cat.
(Two adult household with no kids and a garden)
Thank you all for your valuable input. Doubtless I'll be back!

DiscoDonkey Wed 08-May-13 21:12:38

Ours is black and orange, ones that are more white seem less evil.

I have a kind of tortie, as in she is a mainly silver tabby but with little bits of orange tabby patches and a white belly. She is an utter softie, she likes to be cuddled like a baby and will sing to you if you sing to her.
Her sister on the other hand, a grey and white tabbie, considers being touched an invasion of her body space and while she doesnt react violently to being picked up, is very vocal in her objection to it.
I was at a farm today and met an incredibly friendly white/tortie. But maybe these are exceptions that prove the rule?

DiscoDonkey Wed 08-May-13 20:52:59

Our torty is very loving but also a tad unhinged. She will nip if you stroke her in the wrong place. If you move her off the sofa she will walk up to sleeping tabby cat and give her a kicking just because she can. She is also VERY vocal.

MumnGran Wed 08-May-13 20:51:48

sadly I shall have to drink the wine anyway x

cozietoesie Wed 08-May-13 20:49:13

Christmas Eve when wrapping is done. You can hold me to that.


MumnGran Wed 08-May-13 20:47:02

well that is just too much of a tempter, cozie!
I've poured my wine .......

cozietoesie Wed 08-May-13 20:03:00

My only ever tortie (many years ago) was actually called Cheeky. She was such an ...... individualist..... that even other cats couldn't stand her. Apart from next door's ginger tom that is.

And all that was actually her salvation. One late winter's night when the wine is flowing, remind me to tell you the story.


Slambang Wed 08-May-13 19:58:48

Our tortie definitely conforms to stereotype. She bites and kicks and has caused deep scars on all of us with absolutely no warning at all . (Sitting peacefully on a lap she'll suddenly attack visciously because I've slightly shifted or breathed a bit too heavily). I would never have a tortie again. But we chose her because MIL's tortie was the nicest gentlest cat we've ever met.

So, inconclusive... confused

Essexgirlupnorth Wed 08-May-13 19:40:46

Mine is a little madam. She is very affectionate when she wants to be but does nip and scratch sometimes.
She recently spend 3 hrs in our loft and refused to come down!
Out tabby is far less naughty but our torte is still a lovely cat.

MumnGran Wed 08-May-13 19:38:23

Have just read back over your earlier post and see that your BSH is a Colourpoint. Hmmm.

On touchy ground here, but when breeders decide to start mixing breeds to create new colours/patterns, they do also mess with other genetic traits such as temperament.
Colourpoints were a result of outcrossing to exotics and persians..... so close examination of the pedigree by someone with a sound knowledge of Persian lines might show you a distinct link to some known "iffy" behaviour traits in a particular line.

MumnGran Wed 08-May-13 19:21:45

awwww Lonecatwithkitten ...... I suppose I should say take credit for the nice bits and disclaim the others grin

To be serious though, what is his/her issue?
I have only owned one BSH - a rescue who had had hot oil poured over him and remained badly scarred throughout his life. His traits were fairly typical of the breed ....quite independent, not one for lap sitting though he would come to sit next to you on the arm of the chair, and happy to be stroked but disliked being picked up.
He was an absolute b*** with my other cats, very dominant and would stalk them through the house. Speaking with some BSH devotees at the time, they all said this was also something of a breed trait.

Does this sound anything like your baby?

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 08-May-13 17:48:02

Mumn why oh why then is my BSH so horrible.

Wilding Wed 08-May-13 17:23:08

I've always had torties, definitely prefer them over any other colour! If you understand cat behaviour (i.e. when they want cuddles and when they want to be left alone) then they make fantastic pets.

Lovethesea Wed 08-May-13 17:17:29

Our newly rescued tortie is very feisty and very affectionate. I hadn't heard the stereotype but she won't be picked up at all, however sit or lay down and she's curling up on you like a hot water bottle.

She loves to play and explore, kills toys and leaves but no actual wildlife yet.

She will scratch or bite when she gets overstroked, but I'm reading her better now and she has calmed down and just does a play nip.

Our tabby tried a play pounce and she let rip with a mouthful of swearing that could be heard from miles away. However she'll chase him and jump out on him when she wants.

She jumps and climbs trees, stalks fences and chases other cats out of the house. She seems sharp and intelligent, tolerates the kids wonderfully and is very bold.

We love her. Small, fierce, feisty and utterly affectionate (on her terms).

MumnGran Wed 08-May-13 15:25:35

Lonecatwithkitten ... I think the "in my hands" comment is very telling smile - as I said, my brindle tortie was the sweetest cat I ever owned.

I had umpteen come into rescue over the years, and think they just don't like to be messed with, teased, or over-stimulated by things like tummy tickling.... and they are inclined to be very bright!
Given calm gentle parenting ...they can be angels :-)

My pale tortie was the nastiest cat we have ever had (and we've had quite a few!).

She was very loving for seconds, just to lull you, then slash and run with no warning whatsoever. My eldest son was too scared to pass her on the stairs well into his early teens. Her vet notes had 'VICIOUS CAT' across the top after she shredded the vet's hand and left him dripping blood on the table.

However, she mellowed with age. She could speak - say 'milk' and 'meal' so we knew what she wanted as she lurked by the fridge!

She was about 16 when she died peacefully in her sleep. I still miss her.

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