Someone in Wales, UK has become the lucky guardians of a rare male tortoiseshell rescue cat called Cresta who was picked up from the streets of Colony Bay which is a town on the north coast of Wales. The new guardians know about their new arrival’s rarity.
Cresta was being cared for at the Cats Protection centre in Wrexham. Despite Cats Protection handling 200,000 cats annually, they say that it has been years since they had a male tortie at one of their centres.
The staff at the centre say that they have never seen a male tortie! Well they look the same as females, more or less 😉 .
Except that there is a 1 in 3,000 chance of a tortie cat being male due to the sex-linked genetics of tortoiseshell cats (read about this by clicking on this link). And it is said that male torties behave like masculated females.
They neutered Cresta even though they are usually sterile. Did he have to be neutered? Probably yes because not all male torties are sterile it seems. If I am wrong on that please correct me.
Some more on this cat coat type: