Sunday, August 7, 2011

Happy World Cat Day

Happy World Cat Day to all our kitty loving friends out in blog land.  We are celbrating today by featuring tortoiseshell cats with me Chica hosting. I had a very rough week but I am doing so much better. Thank you all for helping to pull me thru with purrs, prayers and donations.  This is Mom's favortie picture of  me taken a couple of years back.  I think it shows off my tortieness very well.

Some cool things about torties:

Poet Edgar Allen Poe wrote about cats as sinister in his poems but adored his cat Catarina who was a tortoiseshell.  She was the inspiration for his story The Black Cat.

Most people think that all torties are female but  actually one in 3,00 is a male. But male torties are not true males - tortie coloring requires two X (female) chromosomes and males have one X and one Y.  Tortie males owe their coloring to a genetic mistake such as an extra Y chromosome and are usually sterile.

Mom just found out recently that in animal shelters torties are next to the last to get adopted and black cats the very last.  Who would not want a tortie?

Those of you that have torties know they can be diva cats with attitude.  But we are also impish, playful, social and very loyal.  We have Tortitude!

Whatever kind of cat you have - please give them extra love, treats and playtime today.  We are here for such a short time on this Earth - appreciate each moment you have with us!

We will wind up today with this great poem -

by Patrick Reginald Chalmers (first published in Punch magazine, 4 March 1914)

The Tortoiseshell cat
She sits on the mat
As gay as a sunflower, she;
In orange and black you see her blink,
And her waistcoat's white, and her nose is pink
And her eyes are green of the sea.
But all is vanity, all the way;
Twilight's coming and close of day,
And every cat in the twilight's gray,
Every possible cat.


The tortoiseshell cat
She is smooth and fat,
And we call her Josephine,
Because she weareth upon her back
This coat of colors, this raven black,
This red of the tangerine.
But all is vanity, all the way;
Twilight follows the brightest day,
And every cat in the twilight's gray,
Every possible cat.


meowmeowmans said...

Happy World Cat Day! Those were some great tortie facts ... we love torties, and appreciated learning more about them. Big purrs and hugs to you, dear friends. :)

Cat said...

Happy World Cat Day friends!!! Wonderful post, we too never met a tortie or a black cat that we didn't like :-)

Ellen Whyte said...

OMC torties are second last on the list???? We wanted a tortie but as there are so many unwanted cats we concentrated on health and personality. Putting in the tortie thing seemed too much! Maybe it's different in Malaysia? Happy Cat Day!

Sparkle said...

I had no idea torties were the next to last cats to be adopted from shelters - oddly enough, the two kitties my human was looking at when she got my tortie roommate Binga from the shelter were her and a black cat! (The black cat was rescued by someone else.)

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Great fun facts about torties! We are so glad Chica is better, too! Purrs.

Kwee Cats said...

Chica!!! Yay! Chica!!! Yay!!!

We are so glad to see you feeling better! Just the same, we are keeping the purrs coming. (((hugs)))

We dis wuz torties, and black kitties too - we wanna go grab up all them last and next to last! Heck, we dis wuz all colors and furs and hairs and woofs and mews and... well, you know.

Happy World Cat Day, you guys!

Old Kitty said...


Awww beautiful Chica!! You are a true Tortie Diva with extra Tortitude!! Yay!

Me and Charlie love these facts about torties and the poem is beautiful!!!

We don't understand why torties and black kitties are always overlooked! It's so sad because such kitties are so purrfect and lovely!! Yay!

Have a good day, Chica! take care

We se

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Happy World Cat Day to yoo all. Chica we are so happy that yoo are feeling better ~ we are sending extra special healing Purrs today. Smoochies.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Chica, we're glad to read you're feeling so much better this week.

Happy World Cat Day to you all!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Thank you for hosting us today Chica - and we had never seen that poem before so it was lovely to read something new.
Happy World Cat Day to you all.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Brian's Home Blog said...

That was a terrific post beautiful Chica! Happy World Cat Day!

Marg said...

Oh Chica, we are so glad you did this post. We love the torites too. We have two of them here, one is the Momma and the other her daughter Splitters. We love torties too. They have terrific personalities.
Glad to hear that you are doing a little better Chica.
Happy World Cat day and be sure to demand lots of extra treats all you Wild cat woods cats.

Katnip Lounge said...

Happy World Cat Day!! We LOVED the poem!

we hope to be up to speed commenting by next week...secretaries...sheesh.

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Happy World cat day to you too. thank you for those facts. Mum had a tortie for 20 years and she was gorgeous. ow could anyone not want a tortie or a black cat or any cat for that matter to recieve love by the sackfull. Hugs GJ xx

catsynth said...

Happy World Cat Day! Glad that Chica is doing better. That is a very pretty picture. And we enjoyed reading the literary references to torties as well :)

The Florida Furkids said...

Happy World Cat Day! We think all cats are purrfect!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie


Happy World Cat Day!Chica we are soooo happy you are doing better, you are a sweet feisty tortie so we know you will be back to your normal self in no time.

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

Happy World Cat Day!

What a wonderful post!

Loved the poems!

Athena said...

Happy World Cat Day, beautiful!

The Island Cats said...

Wow, Chica! We didn't know that about torties! We think torties are beautiful...some of our bestest furiends are torties!!

We're glad you're starting to feel better too.

Happy World Cat Day to all of you!

Linda said...

I have a number of torties over the years and I have to admit, they are my favorite. Thinking about Chica and for her speedy recovery.

Clooney said...

Fantastic post Chica! We are so glad that you are feeling better. We will continue to send good thoughts your way. We really like torties, they are very cool. Happy World Cat Day to every kitty at your house!

Teri and her Stylish Adventure Cats said...

Very nice WCD post...and we are so happurry that Chica is home and able to celebrate this special day, too! Teri said she was glad to help with info and advice...

Julia Williams said...

Lovely post for World Cat Day. Glad you are getting better, you need to continue with your tortitude for many years to come!

elle said...

Wow thanks for sharing all that information about torties - it was all new news to me! I'm fostering a tortie right now, and she definitely has all the characteristics of tortie and more!



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