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post #1 of 31
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Hello everyone, my name is Alyssa.

My husband and I just rescued a kitten. Our friends' cat had a litter, and this one was the last one she had to give away. If she couldn't find her a home, she was going to take her to the pound. So, we offered to take her, despite my allergy to cat dander. I'm hoping since she is kind of young (5 months), that being around her everyday will help my body get used to having her.

I was told that she is a Calico. I looked up photos of Calicos online, and came to find that many people consider her a Tortoiseshell.

She looks almost identical to this cat, but with brighter markings.

I always thought THIS was considered a Tortoiseshell.

Someone please inform me on what she is?! I am not very knowledgeable on cats.

Anyway, her name is Cosette. We call her Cosi for short. It's from the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
post #2 of 31
Hello and Welcome to TCS!

Cosette is beautiful
post #3 of 31
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)
what a precious kittys!... so lovely my friend, thank you for share!.....
See you on the forums!
post #4 of 31
Hi there Alyssa we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and Cosi to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions
post #5 of 31

I love your cat and her name Don't know anything about marking names...
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post #7 of 31
Welcome to TheCatSite Alyssa,
I hope that you post a photo of Cosi soon.
Hopefully then, someone can help you name her coat color.
Make yourself at home.
post #8 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! She has her first vet appointment tomorrow, so I will ask them what her coat color is called. She's a very sweet cat. She loves to greet me as soon as I come home from work, and comes up purring when I get up in the morning. I would like to get another one. I have always loved Siamese cats, and my husband said he would see about getting me one for Christmas.
post #9 of 31
I can't think of a better present than a new kitty.

Let us know what your vet tells you about Cosi's coat color.
post #10 of 31
Thread Starter 
Well, Cosette is a Calico! They told me "Good luck with her when she gets older. Calicos are crazy." I was like "But, she's really affectionate and playful now." Hopefully that won't change. She has a kitty cold that they said she has to fight off on her own, but it's not bad.
She was hating me this morning. I had to give her the dewormer preventative and she spit some of it back out all over my work shirt. I had to change because it wouldn't come out of my clothes. LOL. She wouldn't let me touch her after that. But was happy to greet me at the door when I came home.
She goes in to get spayed and microchipped in 3 weeks.
I'm still working on getting her real picture.
post #11 of 31
Welcome to TCS!I'm kinda new here myself.I have three girls who are very similarly marked like the small picture you posted...Cookie,who is my "retriever",Ms. Pink,who's my pillow thief and Sissy,who's just a happy girl.I have always been under the assumption they were torties.Mine are sweet,loving,loyal,verrrry smart and extremely playful.I've never seen anything you'd call "crazy" at all,but then I've never met a kitty I didn't love.
post #12 of 31
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Hi lizzie! Those are really cute names. I wasn't happy being around Cosi today, she's got AWFUL gas, which I think is from the dewormer preventative. Lord does it stink!

I took some pics of her with my iPhone...so, here's Cosette!

These ones I had to hold her, because she wouldn't let me get too close to her with the phone when trying to get a close up.

post #13 of 31
WELCOME! Cosi is beautiful, but I'm pretty sure that's torti coloring. I hope you both get a kitten for Christmas, a GREAT present. Most cats hate pilling, so good luck. You might want to try Pill Pockets for the pills. It doesn't work for all cats, but I've had great luck with them. Of course, mine live for treats. I have 5, 14-yr old, Chandler Ray, 10-1/2 yr old Lilly-Rose, 3-1/2 hr old Tweety, 1-1/2 yr old Cally (long time visitor), and the baby, Toby, now about 9 months. There are lots of great places to check out for advice. Take a stroll.
post #14 of 31
Sport and Rob welcome you to the most fantastic feline site in the entire universe . The people and the advice is out of this world...yuk, yuk..
Seriously though...welcome, this is a great place!

Rob & Sport
post #15 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks wyatt & sport!

wyatt, the vet told me she is a Calico. Her dewormer was actually a liquid, so I had to squirt it in her mouth. lol.

I hope we get a Siamese kitty for Christmas. I'd be super happy. Although I love all of my pets, I think a Siamese would complete our family of 2 humans and 4 pets! We have Cosi, our 2 Cairn Terriers, Westin & Kane, and then Bruce, our Jumbo Leopard Gecko.
post #16 of 31
Wow! Cosi's coat color is beautiful...
I love the orange stripe down her pretty forehead, right to the tip of her sweet nose.
post #17 of 31
she is a tortoise shell.
post #18 of 31
I love the way she looks.
She looks like my Patches I lost in 1989.

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post #20 of 31
I'm not a coat color expert, but does she have ANY white on her at all? If so, that may be why the vet said calico. But I THINK calico may be defined as having a certain percentage of white along with the "black" and "red" bicoloration. You can post in the breeders section... those folks know the color "rules".

So - IMHO - if she has a little bit of white on her - she is torti and white.

Calicos and tortis have a reputation for having "attitude". I think that's why they said good luck, etc. But it's not always true.

Any way you slice it, she's a beauty!

ETA: yeah, the dewormer does cause intestinal "issues".
post #21 of 31
iPhone, haha, cute kitty though.
post #22 of 31
I am pretty sure she is a tortie....here is my tortie, Princess! and they have what is called tortitude!!lol

and she has white on a small patch on her belly!
post #23 of 31
Thread Starter 
I'm thinking she's a tortoiseshell too. Everyone keeps going back and forth with it, but it seems more people are saying Torti, over Calico. So, she's a Tortie then!

We just adopted ANOTHER cat from the SPCA. This will be our last one until the 2 we have pass on. (I always say that and always end up getting more animals...!) This one is named Savannah. She is 3 years old. She's a Bobcat/Bengal Cat mix. Apparently, the owners got a new kitten, and 'disposed' of Savannah because she wasn't a kitten anymore. Poor thing. She's very loving. She doesn't like our dogs, but it will take time. I just picked her up yesterday. Adopted her on Tuesday, she got fixed Wednesday, and now she's home! I'm considering re-naming her. Savannah is what the SPCA named her. So, I could change it if I wish. She doesn't seem to like her name. Cosi loves her name. lol.

And two of Cosette (Cosi) for good measure.

Drill kitty!
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post #25 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks Laydee!
post #26 of 31
Welcome to TCS!
post #27 of 31
Your kitties are beautiful! There is another member that has a Cosette here.

Wow, Savannah has such interesting markings and coloring. I think that was a really good idea to adopt another kitty - even though people say cats are independent, they seem to do better with company as a rule.
post #28 of 31
Alyssa, you are to be commended for taking on that sweet kitten, despite your allergies. I grew up with allergies myself, and was always wary of cats...until I acquired one. And then another. And another...

You know what they say is the best way to combat cat allergies? Having multiple cats! True story, I read that. Just sayin'.
post #29 of 31
Hello & welcome to tcs. I would also call Cosi a torty. Here are a couple of my mum's torty. The 1st one about 10 yrs ago & the next at 17 y/o. The vet also called my cat Blossom a torty too but I say calico because of her white bits. I didn't want another one as Coco, who used to be our cat is a cranky puss. Friendly though. Always come to say hello when you come home.

post #30 of 31
Thread Starter 
There's another member with a Cosette?! Nice!

Thanks for the warm welcome!

I love Savannah's markings. She's one cool cat. My husband loves her. He said he likes Cosette last because she gets into everything. (but she's only 6 months...so it's understandable.)

Having allergies absolutely sucks, but I've been doing fine with them here because I have been taking Claritin. There was even a couple days that went by when I didn't take it, and was doing fine. So, I guess my body is building up an immunity! I'm sure it also helps that I give Cosi a weekly bath to help with my allergies, and I rub an allergen reducer into Savannah's coat. I'm not sure how well she will do with baths yet. She has her stitches in, (which get taken out tomorrow), so I haven't been able to try giving her one yet. She does love water though. I turn on the faucet and she comes running. She lets it run all over her head...so maybe she'll be good with a bath!
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