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Old January 27th 05, 07:36 PM
ken
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I have had cats for 60+ years, but this is the first tortoise shell
kitten.

She seems to be not only hyperactive, but almost beserk in her racing
around and climbing anything in sight, etc....Her twin is docile by
comparison and sleeps many more hours per day.
Are tortoise shell "wired" differently?

thanks

Ken

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Old January 27th 05, 07:56 PM
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hehe. my pastel calico is the same way. she play-fights with Vlad the
impaler all the time, but leaves Giant alone. she actually hisses at Giant
when he tries to play with her, but if she casually walks by him and he
licks her a few times, she pays him no mind. calico cats and their brethren
are indeed strange, but fascinating cats


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I have had cats for 60+ years, but this is the first tortoise shell
kitten.

She seems to be not only hyperactive, but almost beserk in her racing
around and climbing anything in sight, etc....Her twin is docile by
comparison and sleeps many more hours per day.
Are tortoise shell "wired" differently?

thanks

Ken



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Old January 27th 05, 08:17 PM
rpl
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ken wrote:
I have had cats for 60+ years, but this is the first tortoise shell
kitten.

She seems to be not only hyperactive, but almost beserk in her racing
around and climbing anything in sight, etc....Her twin is docile by
comparison and sleeps many more hours per day.
Are tortoise shell "wired" differently?


yeah, got two, one's a tiny lunatic pretending to be a cat (which I
understand is standard tortie temperament), the other totally Maine
Coone in size, looks and attitude.

pat
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Old January 27th 05, 08:34 PM
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Yes, I think they are.

We have two, and both are more skittish than the others. They are hyper
and quirky.

One was found as a feral 6-month old kitten, so I've always thought it
was formal-feral characteristics. Then we got another one...

Love 'em to death, though.

Rhonda

ken wrote:

I have had cats for 60+ years, but this is the first tortoise shell
kitten.

She seems to be not only hyperactive, but almost beserk in her racing
around and climbing anything in sight, etc....Her twin is docile by
comparison and sleeps many more hours per day.
Are tortoise shell "wired" differently?

thanks

Ken



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Old January 27th 05, 09:10 PM
M.C. Mullen
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"Rhonda" schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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| Yes, I think they are.
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| We have two, and both are more skittish than the others. They are hyper
| and quirky.
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| One was found as a feral 6-month old kitten, so I've always thought it
| was formal-feral characteristics. Then we got another one...
|
| Love 'em to death, though.
|
| Rhonda

My former vet always claimed that torties were impossible to vaccine - he
looked as if he was terrified of them!

Carola


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Old January 28th 05, 03:40 AM
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I just posted a message yesterday about the loss of our tortie Bliss.
She definitely had an "attitude" and a paranoid edge to her, but very
sweet and affectionate. She had to be petted a very specific way or
she would swipe at you so quickly that you would swear you did not see
it coming. Our party guests avoid her because of her temperament, and
one guest describes Bliss as "the scary black cat" and re-tells the
story of being swiped at by Bliss when he was walking by her and
minding his own business. Bliss would growl at my brother for just
standing next to her, but to us, she was our precious princess with a
wonderful personality. She was so high-strung that the vets had to
mildly sedate her or use a net to examine her! As a kitten, she was
very hyper, darting around the room like a rocket (we called her "a
mechanical kitty", but throughout the years, she really mellowed out
(though those quick swiping movement never faded except on her last
days) . We will always miss her. Good luck with your Tortie!

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Old January 28th 05, 08:27 AM
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Perhaps it's best to say that torties have agendas. They won't go along to
get along. They know how things ought to be, and they insist that things be
that way. My tortie is the best cat ever, but I know better than to
challenge her authority.

I don't know if the foregoing applies to *all* torties, but the description
probably can't be dismissed.

BTW, here's an interesting brief article about the genetics of tri-color
cats. A tortie owner ought to know this; it will make you appreciate the
special magic that went into the creation of your cat:

http://www.fanciers.com/cat-faqs/tricolors.shtml

Remember: A tri-color cat is as good as three ordinary cats!


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Old January 28th 05, 07:08 PM
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Are torties "wired"

We those of us that love torties call it "tortietude"
They definitely have a personality all their own

Beverley

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Old January 28th 05, 09:36 PM
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"M.C. Mullen" wrote in
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My former vet always claimed that torties were impossible to vaccine -
he looked as if he was terrified of them!


My vet expressed surprise that Madeline had such a sweet nature, she
thought that calicos could be kind of nasty.

Rosalie has a sweet nature too, but not when she's being poked and prodded
by the vet!

--Catherine
& Rosalie the calico
 




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