CH/GP NYMews Coppurr Penny


Sally Dockstader





Tortoiseshell Persian

Tortoiseshell cats are named for their distinctive coloring – a combination of patches of black, brown, amber, red, cinnamon and chocolate. The size of the patches varies from a fine speckled pattern to large areas of color. The term “tortoiseshell” is used for cats with brindled coats that have few or no white markings. Cats of this coloring with larger areas of white fur are called calicos. Sometimes, these colors present in lighter versions such as lilac or cream. Torties with this lighter coloring are called dilute torties. Occasionally, the typical tortoiseshell colors are also seen in a tabby (striped) pattern, and these cats are sometimes referred to as “torbies.”

Tortoiseshell cats are almost exclusively female. Tortoiseshell and calico coats are the result of the interaction between genetic and developmental factors. The occasional and very rare male tortoiseshell cat is the result of a genetic mutation.



In addition to their distinctive coloring, torties also have a reputation for unique personalities, sometimes referred to as “tortitude.” They tend to be strong-willed, a bit hot-tempered, and they can be very possessive of their human. Other words used to describe torties are fiercely independent, feisty and unpredictable. They’re usually very talkative and make their presence and needs known with anything from a hiss to a meow to a strong purr. These traits are stronger in tortoiseshell cats than in calicos – it seems as though these traits are somewhat diluted with the addition of more white to the color scheme.

The CFA breed standard describes the
blue cream persian as follows:


Quote from "The Rules for Cats," by Fancy Mews

Humans are often restless during sleep. Discourage their potentially harmful thrashing by remaining awake and alert. At the first sign of movement, leap onto the moving limb with your claws out.

It is often difficult to tell if a human is dead or merely sleeping. Pouncing firmly and forcefully on the chest will act as CPR in case the heart has actually stopped.

NEVER cough up a furball on a floor that needs cleaning. Wait for a surface that has just been cleaned and polished, preferably a white or beige carpet.