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Are you the proud owner of a tortoiseshell cat? If so, you are in luck. These colorful kitties have fun and feisty personalities, and they're fascinating to look at because of their distinct coloring.
Tortoiseshell cats are otherwise known as "Torties," and their name doesn't refer to a breed of cat, but rather their color. Their coats are made up of various combinations of blacks, oranges, rusts, and browns, with some cream thrown in occasionally.
For a cat to be a true tortie, their coat should be made up of two colors. They may have some small flecks of cream. If they have a lot of cream color, then they are considered a calico.
If you were lucky enough to have gotten one of these beauties, then you need a special name for it, and you've definitely come to the right place.
You'll find over 130 names inspired by:
- Fur colors
- Fur patterns
- Sweet names that these special cats deserve.
Many tortoiseshell cats are predominantly black, so if your new furry friend is like this, there are some awesome names to choose from.
Many torties have gorgeous coats, lush with orange tones. Some even have large patches of the color.
If you want to bring attention to your new friend's orange highlights, then one of these names might be perfect.
Many people think that rust and orange in a tortie are the same thing, but look closely at your girl's fur and you'll see a difference.
If she looks more like a redhead than an orange tabby cat, then these are names that you may want to consider.
While not quite as common as the other colors, take a look at your new buddy and I bet you'll see lots of brown showing up, especially if she's got a lighter appearance overall.
Maybe one of these names will fit her well.
What Is Tortitude?
Tortitude is that special attitude that many people believe tortoiseshell cats possess.
They can be pretty feisty, they definitely rule the house, and they usually let everyone know how great they are.
Names Based on Their Fur Patterns
Some torties have distinct patterns in their coats, while others have subtle shading that makes them look like they are one color from far away.
Whichever look your kitty has, using their fur pattern can be a fun way to choose a name.
Names Based on Their Personalities
Most tortie owners will tell you that their girls have tortitude. Maybe it comes from their genes, or maybe it's just in people's imaginations, but they definitely have unique personalities.
If your cat's attitude is what really shines through, then a name based on that might be just right.
Sweet Names for Your Tortie
A sweet kitten deserves a sweet name, and here are some of the sweetest.
You'll find that these are pretty much all for females, and that's because almost all tortoiseshell cats are girls.
Hopefully one of these will fit your fuzzball perfectly.
It's not easy picking out a name for your cat. There are many things to think about, but no matter what name you choose for your furry friend, I'm sure it will be great.
And if you already have a tortie, then you know how fortunate you are. You don't see them as often as other cats, and they have a special allure because of their stunning color combos and unique attitudes.
Good luck choosing a name for your new friend!
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Marty on August 29, 2020:
I have adopted 3 tortoiseshell cats over the years, despite having severe allergies and warnings from allergists never to get a cat. The patch test for cat dander showed the highest level of sensitivity.
In 1970, I spent my junior year at the University of Puerto Rico. Walking home from the grocery store, I found a starving tortoiseshell cat while taking a shortcut through an empty lot. She purred when I pet her, so I scooped her up and carried her home with one arm, grocery bag in the other. We had tuna for lunch and chicken for dinner. She slept outside, as my roommate did not care for cats. My roommate scolded her and shouted "Vete" (Spanish for "scram") every time she jumped on his bed, so I named the cat Vete. I had Vete for 4 months until my landlady found a home for her.
During grad school in Cleveland, I found another starving tortoiseshell cat in distress on the sidewalk in front of the apartment. She had an unusual torbie pattern, and when I leaned down to pet her, she started licking my fingers. I went upstairs, opened a can of tuna, went back to the sidewalk to feed her and never heard a cat purr so loudly. I named her Lotus and adopted my first indoor cat. After 3 months, severe allergies forced me to find a home for Lotus. A librarian who was providing research assistance for my thesis adopted her.
I found my last tortoiseshell cat 6 years later while doing laundry in the basement of my apartment building. I looked down and saw a cat sitting on a pile of carpeting near the washing machines. She was looking up at me and purred when I leaned down to pet her. Nobody in the building claimed her, so I adopted her. The Steely Dan song "Peg" was popular at the time, so I named the cat Peg. Peg got pregnant the day I adopted her and had 2 kittens several months later. It was hard finding homes for the kittens. They had all white fur, inherited from the father cat that lived in the apartment below mine.
Peg was my baby. I had her for 12 years, and brought her with me when I moved from Ohio to Chicago. She definitely had tortitude, and hated being left alone for more than a day. She sometimes meowled if the bathroom door was shut for longer than 15 minutes. After a 3-day hopitalization from an asthma attack, I took prescription antihistamines every day. Peg developed a severe case of eosinophilic gastroenteritis and took Prednisolone tablets during the last 8 years of her life. Oprah Winfrey used the same veterinarian. Unfortunately, Peg developed Type 2 diabetes and I had to have her euthanized while visiting my parents in Florida. I still miss Peg and occasionally dream about her.
KristieKitty on August 22, 2020:
I've had my beautiful tortoiseshell cat now for almost 11 years. At the apartment complex I used to live at, she was just ......left behind by people who must have gotten evicted (SHAME on them). If I could make an accurate estimate, she was about 6 months old when we found her. We chose the name "Tootsie Roll" for her. It just seems appropriate for her.
** I learned two facts about torties
1. In China, they are referred to as "money cats" and
2. Torties are considered to be good luck in Egypt
No matter what though.......I will spoil her and love her till the end of my days.
Denise Beaudet on July 27, 2020:
I googled tortoise's when I got my girl. Beanie Babies has a tortoise turtle named Peekaboo so I now have a Peekaboo. She's a sweetie.
Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 22, 2019:
Your torties sound awesome. And you are right, when you love your animal you can forgive. My mom's tortie like to nibble on my jeans. She comes right up to me and starts chewing. She also doesn't eat off of a plate, but knocks it onto the floor. I really find their coloration so beautiful and each one is different. Thanks for telling me about your cats!
FlourishAnyway from USA on February 21, 2019:
Oh, do I LOVE torties! I've had cats of every color because I've previously done rescue and spay/neutered of feral cats, but torties are my absolute favorite. (Don't tell the others.)
My first tortie was a tortie kitten that I rehabilitated with the rest of a feral litter. They were severely ill with an upper respiratory infection, and the little gal spit and hissed at me. I told my husband that that one is REALLY wild. I nursed them all back to health under the direction of my vet, giving them fluids several times a day. The others were fixed, vaccinated and adopted out, but Lil Speedy (named after her feral tortie mama who was also fixed) was "spicy" from the start. She ended up staying with me because she needed to see a veterinary ophthalmologist. Eventually, she just stayed. She was blind in one eye but she was my tortie darling. Sometimes at night, the little rascal would pee on my toaster oven on my kitchen counter for some odd reason, but God almighty I loved her! When you're in love, you forgive.
The second tortie I got was a tortie kitten I named Lula after my great-great grandmother, a woman the family recalls fondly as the meanest woman around. The little tortie was stuck under my grandma's porch and when I went to retrieve her she hissed and spit at me -- just like a tortie! It was love at first bite!
Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 09, 2019:
I like the name Sooty Liz. That's a good one for a tortie. Thanks.
Liz Westwood from UK on January 09, 2019:
As a child, we had a tortoise shell cat called Sooty. I did not realise that most were female.
Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 07, 2019:
Thank you Tess. I appreciate it. do you have a tortoiseshell cat?
Tessa Schlesinger on January 05, 2019:
I love it! Great article.
Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on January 05, 2019:
Thanks, it definitely fits her! She is a sassy little thing!
Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 05, 2019:
Simba is a great name. It's always hard trying to pick that perfect name, but hopefully these lists help. Thanks for reading. Happy New Year!
Nell Rose from England on January 04, 2019:
We used to have a tortoiseshell cat, but we just named him Simba. I love your list of names and if we ever get another one you have given me lots of great ideas.
Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 04, 2019:
Oh that's a great name. And perfect for that tortie personality. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on January 03, 2019:
I have a tortoise shell cat! She is the first indoor cat I have ever had. She acts more like a dog than a cat. Her name is Wednesday, as in the little girl from the adams family. I named her that because my friends cats name is lurch!