Feline ‘freckles’ (9 facts)

Feline freckles on a ginger tabby which upsets the owner

Here are 9 facts about feline ‘freckles’ aka lentigo. Lentigo can infrequently cause alarm in cat owners. One asked on social media: “What is this all over my cat’s nose and mouth? And are there any possible treatments?”. They were referring to their ginger cat above. The words come from a Reddit.com user, and …

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Why are tortoiseshell cats nearly always female?

Dilute tortoiseshell Maine Coon photo by Robert Sijka

As you might well imagine, the reason why tortoiseshell cats are nearly always female is to do with the genetics and how the genes that dictate the coat colour and pattern are linked to the sex of the cat. Female mammals have 2 X chromosomes while males have one X and one Y chromosome. …

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Did this Siamese type tortoiseshell cat save a toddler from falling down stairs?

The stairs

An in-house security camera video clip shows a toddler crawling towards the top of some hard stairs. In the video, we don’t see the stairs going down but we do see a still photo on the Metro website (see below in the montage) which appears to confirm that the toddler was at the top …

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Difference between Torbie and Tortie

‘Tortie’ is short for tortoiseshell. ‘Torbie’ is a made up word which joins together ‘tortie’ and ‘tabby’ (the second ‘t’ becomes a ‘b’). It describes a cat coat which is tortoiseshell with tabby fur mixed in. There is an endless spectrum of combinations, some very subtle. It can be tricky deciding if a cat …

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Tortie Tomcats

By Sarah Hartwell (of Messybeast.com) Estimates of the frequency of tortoiseshell and calico tomcats range from 1-in-1000 to 1-in-many-thousands though many are misidentified classic tabby-and-white cats. Contrary to myth, tortoiseshell/calico tomcats are not valuable in financial terms (from here on, I’ll use to term tortie to include tortoiseshell, calico and torbie cats). Though many …

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Torbie Cats

Gemma: Torbie Siberian Cat. Photo copyright Helmi Flick

The word “torbie” is a shortened version of “tortoiseshell-tabby”. The word describes a coat that is an amalgam of tabby patterns/colors and tortoiseshell patterns/colors. Both pedigree cats and moggies have torbie coats. The black areas are replaced by dark tabby patterning. They are also known as a ‘patched tabby’. To people unsure about cat …

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