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post #1 of 30
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Do all torties have attitudes? Because little miss Cloe does. Last night Tavia was trying to lay down and Cloe decided to attack her tail well when Tavia bopped her for it Cloe bopped her back and they lay on the bed swatting at each other until they finally nailed my b/f and he made them get off the bed. And then she came back and decided to attack his feet. But I figured out why he has been teasing her with his feet. He's as bad as them its like having a third child. He was sitting with Cloe and petting her and he told her daddy was going to have to get her another sissy. And then he told her that she was making him go soft.
post #2 of 30
Haven't met a tortie/calico yet that didn't have some "tortitude"
post #3 of 30
Lucky has major "tortitude" she loves to walk on the top of the sofa and smack people for no reason, she doesn't want to be petted, you could lose an arm
post #4 of 30
Thread Starter 
Oh now that is one little thing about Cloe she demands petting she has to be petted no matter what she is one of the most loving cats. So is Tavia but Tavia wants it on her terms and Cloe she wants petting all the time. And Salem my black cat at my dad's is the same way. He followed my dad's friends all the way out to their deer stands during hunting season they had to bring him back. And if Cloe were outside she'd do the same. She also likes laying in the sink. And she has claimed my bed, couch, and chair as hers and she will get down long enough to allow us seat warmers to sit and then she expects us to hold her. And she will go to my b/f and lay down in his arms and want her belly rubbed and her ears and chin scratched. And she also thinks she has to be playing with her sissy at all times .
post #5 of 30
Sibohan I know has Tortitude she has to be the center of attention and if not she starts beating up on the dog.
post #6 of 30
maybe so... i know Firefox certainly has her share of 'tortitude' & possibly Java's as well, since Java is one of the sweetest cats i've ever had.
post #7 of 30
The theory goes that because torties and calicos have different X chromosomes expressed in every cell, their brains are similarly mixed up, so that they tend to be more moody and indecisive than most cats. Thus, tortitude!

I don't know whether anybody's ever surveyed cat personalities to try to find out whether the theory is true, though. There are certainly moody non-torties and completely sweet torties!
post #8 of 30
Tortie's are notorious for their attitude's
post #9 of 30
Both of my torties are FULL of tortitude
post #10 of 30
Is that "tortitude" or just "catitude!"
post #11 of 30
Squee is a tortie and she definitely has the tortitude!
post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by Callista View Post
The theory goes that because torties and calicos have different X chromosomes expressed in every cell, their brains are similarly mixed up, so that they tend to be more moody and indecisive than most cats.
I think it's just female cat personality. Look at all the introduction problems/aggressive cat threads in the behavior section and you'll notice a good portion of them involve girl cats.

I've dealt with torties and calicos that were sweet and gentle, orange males that were unfriendly, and tabby girls that were complete terrors. Everyone has their own personality (or purr-sonality ), and judging a cat by fur color would be like believing that blonds really are dumb.
post #13 of 30
I have a beautiful Tortie! Torrie is her name..she is hilarous...she loves the washing machine..she will sit on it and wait for the water to rinse and drain out. She can open doors with her paws. She turns the knob! Torrie is very playful and yet the most loveable. I had her as a foster baby and reluctantly returned her to thehumane society to be adopted out. She was adopted and then they brought her back. allergies. I just by chance looked over at a cage that was out of place there and to my surprise there she was. I knew it was fate and I had to have her..so she came home with me right away. she was very sick with a URI and wheezing in her chest. She is all better now. I just love her so much. Here is a pic!!

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...Picture283.jpg

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...Picture091.jpg

one is as a kitten and the other is now!! got to add her to my signature!
post #14 of 30
Lorelei doesn't have much tortietude. However, she will randomly grab your hand while you're petting her and bite on it. I think that's more of a remnant of her kittenhood than a tortie thing though. She also starts yowling when she wants attention and doesn't feel like going to find you. I finally figured out that if I start making the same noise back to her, she comes over to investigate and so I technically win

As far as temperment, though, she only growls at Carter when he's trying to steal the food she's eating or when he's trying to be playful and she's not up for it.
post #15 of 30
My kitten's mommy was a tortie and she was so sweet! She was very pushy about being petted, though. She would even knock Nimbus out of the way so she could get petted instead .

-Kristen
post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
I think it's just female cat personality. Look at all the introduction problems/aggressive cat threads in the behavior section and you'll notice a good portion of them involve girl cats.

I've dealt with torties and calicos that were sweet and gentle, orange males that were unfriendly, and tabby girls that were complete terrors. Everyone has their own personality (or purr-sonality ), and judging a cat by fur color would be like believing that blonds really are dumb.
That's true -- I've met torties and calicos that had attitude (my friend's tortie Tess is one) and some that were really sweet (Peaches, the calico we had when I was growing up was one).

That said, I have two orange males whom I think are the sweetest cats in the world!
post #17 of 30
Much is a dilute calico and is demanding. When she wants on your lap, she gets on your lap.

Carly is a sweet tabby.

Lucy, the tortie, will whack Carly every time she walks by. She wants to be held and will growl the whole time. She whacks the nail clippers out of my hand when we're trimming her nails. She is moody and contrary and then wants major cuddles.
post #18 of 30
my tortie has SUCH an attitude. she does the thing where, she'll make this cute little cooing sound then jump into your lap waiting for you to pet her but the moment she has had enough she will turn around and BITE but not hard haha she's actually becoming a huge problem for the vet, each time we bring her she becomes more and more difficult for them to handle the vet said it was typical of tortiseshells and calicos but at the most recent visit he referred to her as "the spawn of satan"
post #19 of 30
Trout is the epitomy of tortitude I think...she will be on my lap purring away, and then turn and strike and bite.

If I try to direct her away from going into a closet, she will strike and bite my leg...

She is so sweet though at times its hard to beleive she is the same cat
post #20 of 30
Y'know, with all the stories we get about your cat, I'm thinking maybe we should just re-name it "Troutitude"!
post #21 of 30
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Originally Posted by Callista View Post
Y'know, with all the stories we get about your cat, I'm thinking maybe we should just re-name it "Troutitude"!
No doubt eh?
post #22 of 30
My mother's torbie is the most tempermental kitty I've ever met.
post #23 of 30
Tortitude, well no.. funny, unlike no other cat I have ever had.. yup! My Monica is sooo fun, shes a real talker & a chirper when it envolves treats & toys. She is the typical "leave me alone" cat.. but treats & her toys really bring her fun tortie out.
post #24 of 30
I haven't seen evidence of tortitude in the torties/calicos we've had.
Daphne is just the sweetest little girl. Perhaps someday, when I am able to have another cat, the dynamics will be different and maybe some of that will come out. Until then, no one can convince me that coloring makes an undesireable attitude. She is gentle, sweet, intelligent and funny. Only bad habit she has is using me as a stair step to get to the bookcase. My fault for having my desk chair there
She doesn't like having her nails clipped but neither does Seb. I just don't see her as 'tudy.
post #25 of 30
Jazzy, and all the torties i met at work had the same attitude.. sooo beautiful too

Must be something in those tri-colour genes that makes them like that
post #26 of 30
Torties and calicos have snappy attitudes! I have both and Isis will NOT tolerated being walked by, by anyone. She will wail like you are the devil himself if you come near her and she wants nothing to do with you.

Cali on the other hand, is just a little spit fire bully in a calico body! She sits on the cat tower and growls if Twig( the resident 22 pound dominance in the house) comes anywhere near her. She won't back down from anyone and has on occassion (in her short time here so far) smacked me across the face because she was upset at being picked up (no claws extended thankfully)
She is a little brat and I fear is going to become a spoiled brat with an attitude.
But she is mine, (well ours) attitude and all. I bet soon she'll have the top cat position, but it won't be a pretty thing. (and I bet I get bit again. what I won't do for my kitties!)
post #27 of 30
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Haven't met a tortie/calico yet that didn't have some "tortitude"
I should introduce y'all to Miko. She wouldn't know "attitude" if it was staring her in the face. She's one tortie that's relaxed and completely laidback and not-at-all-in-any-way demanding.

Her sister, on the other hand. She's a torbie with a capital T
post #28 of 30
Well in the short time I've had the Pixie Witch, I've had multiple-cats, or one multiple-personality-cat....so I can't really say what's "tortitude" versus what's situational. She was a too-skinny-stray when I got her, then her hormones were out of whack with a false pregnancy, then she went into heat, now she's spayed. Oh yeah - it's been a busy time!

My vet is convinced she's got tortitude....which is the first I had heard about it, actually. So far, I'd have to say she's not all that unusual, as cats go. A bit rambunctious, now that her hormones seem to have settled down, and worms & mites are gone....but the vet estimates she's right at a year old, maybe, so that could just be the kitten side of her still coming out.

She can open cupboard doors and at least one interior door and I swear she must have walked thru one door - cause she was in a closed room with the door still closed - and no one had gone in there recently. But again, I've known other cats that could do that,....so....tortitude? Still deciding. All I know is she keeps my life interesting, she makes me laugh, she doesn't seem to like other cats but will tolerate my sis-in-law's Maltese.....whom she can freeze in it's tracks with a glance. (And this is a Maltese that bullies a pit bull.)
post #29 of 30
I have a long-haired tortie named Isabel (hence my screen name) and she is a Princess with a capital 'P'. Everything in this universe revolves around her. She is very beautiful, and she knows it. She is very vocal and lets you know exactly what she is thinking! My two other female cats do not have anything like this attitude, so in this situation I think it is definitely a tortie thing, not a female thing. Sometimes her demands can get annoying , but she is also a very sweet cat, and that combined with her beauty makes it very hard for me to say no to her.
post #30 of 30
I don't know about "all", but the one I had, Kira, sure did. She was a sassy one and she sure let you know when she wanted to cuddle and when she had enough and if she was mad at you! She had this thing about flat surfaces. I would frequently come home from work to find that she had knocked off everything from every table/shelf in the living room! I mean everything!
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