|Purred: Fri Sep 1, '06 5:22pm PST |
|Hello fellow Tortoiseshell kitty's! Welcome to the group I'm sure we'll have lots of fun together! For those of you who are just checking the group out let me give you a bit of knowledge as to what a tortoiseshell is:
*A tortoiseshell is a cat whose coloring is a flecked mixture of either black and red (sometimes with bits of white), or blue and cream (diluted black and red).
*The difference between a tortie and a calico is the pattern; torties have small flecks of colors mixed together, while calicos have large blocks and usually a large amount of white.
*Torties are almost always female. This is because the genes for color reside on the X chromosome, so for a cat to have multiple colors (i.e., black and orange), they must have two X chromosomes, therefore making them female. The few male torties are technically genetically defective and are sterile.
*Tortoiseshell is not a breed; it is a coloring. *There are torties of virtually every breed of cat, both long- and short-haired.
*Torties almost always have copper or yellow eyes.
*Torties tend to be very nervous and jumpy, sometimes have an 'attitude,' and are prone to hyperactivity. They are also very sweet and loving when calm, but are easily riled up and very high strung.
Hee hee high strung?? ME??? LOL My mommy thinks that's funny! Anyway time to nap (I love to nap) I'll check in later!
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