After my precious baby made her way to the Rainbow Bridge, I began to notice that one of the shelter cats I've bonded deeply with also possesses some of these qualities. Not only does Mango look like Jewel, but she is also intelligent, loves to talk, and is loyal to those she loves. Mango is a dilute tortoiseshell cat, and a few people had told me that Jewel was a dilute torbie - a tortoiseshell cat with tabby markings.
I just figured that Mango reminding me so much of Jewel was a coincidence. Of course Jewel and Mango have unique personality traits, but the fact that they share some personality traits really intrigued me.
Photo courtesy of Ingrid King.
In Tortitude: The BIG Book of Cats with a BIG Attitude by Ingrid King, I learned why it is that Jewel and Mango share some similar personality traits - they have tortitude! What is tortitude exactly? In her book, King says:
They (tortoiseshell cats) also have a reputation for unique personalities, often referred to as "tortitude." They tend to be strong-willed, a bit hot-tempered, and they can be very possessive of their human. Other words used to describe torties are fiercely independent, feisty and unpredictable. They're usually very talkative and make their presence and needs known with anything from a hiss to a meow to a strong purr.
She also notes:
While there are some commonalities between torties when it comes to personality, there seem to be wide variations in the degree of tortitude and in how it is expressed. Some cats appear to have read the book on tortitude, displaying all the traits attributed to cats with this coloring. Others may vary in temperament, and only demonstrate certain aspects of it. All cats are individuals, and torties are no different in that respect, with the possible exception that they are far more demonstrative of their unique personalities than cats of other colors.
Not only will you learn about tortitude in this book, you'll also learn about tortoiseshell genetics and folklore. I found the section on genetics very interesting, and I definitely learned a lot from it.
“Excerpted from: Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG
Attitude by Ingrid King ©2015”
"Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance." -Dan Greenburg
"There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat." -Tay Hohoff
If you are a cat lover, I believe you will love this book - whether you've ever had the pleasure of being owned by a tortie or not.
Tortitude: The BIG Book of Cats with a BIG Attitude is currently available for purchase on Amazon. The book will be available through other online retailers and physical bookstores beginning February 5th. For each book ordered before February 5, 2016, $1 will be donated to the Jackson Galaxy Foundation to help at-risk cats!
I am truly honored and thrilled I had the opportunity to review this book, and I'm confident that you'll love this book as much as I do!
Photo courtesy of Ingrid King.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of, "Tortitude: The BIG Book of Cats with a BIG Attitude" in exchange for a fair and honest review. Receiving the book did not influence my opinions in any way. All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own.