Tortoiseshell and Tabby Patterned Cats



Tortoiseshell cats are named for their distinctive coloring – a combination of patches of black, brown, amber, red, cinnamon and chocolate.  The size of the patches varies from a fine speckled pattern to large areas of color.  The term “tortoiseshell” is used for cats with brindled coats that have few or no white markings. Torties with this lighter coloring are called dilute torties.  Occasionally, the typical tortoiseshell colors are also seen in a tabby (striped) pattern, and these cats are sometimes referred to as “torbies.”

Tortoiseshell cats are almost exclusively female.

In addition to their distinctive coloring, torties also have a reputation for unique personalities, sometimes 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.  Torties are almost always very active and playful, with sassy, spunky, in-your-face attitudes.

Here is some insight into the different types of tabby cats.

Tabby cats, in particular, are very popular in American households. Some people may believe this feline is a specific breed, but the name “tabby” only refers to the pattern of the coat.

Tabby is the most common cat coat pattern, according to Catster. Felines with this pattern have thin lines around their face and a “M” shape on their foreheads.

Here is a bit about the five different types of tabbies:

1. Classic – A classic tabby has wide swirling patterns around its sides. This type is often called a “blotched tabby” because the swirls look like smudges.

2. Ticked – Sometimes called a Abyssinian tabby, this patterned cat doesn’t have the signature stripes on its body. However, the face markings distinguish this animal as a tabby.

3. Spotted – This tabby has spot-like markings all over its coat. Sometimes the spots are large, other times they are small.

4. Patched – The patched tabby often has red and brown patches around its coat and sometimes is referred to as a “tortie.”

5. Mackerel – This type of tabby has thin parallel stripes running down its sides, which is how it got its “tiger cat” nickname.



Featured Dog- Marshall

Did he catch your eye? We don’t blame you if you had to stop and stare Marshall is 2-3 months old. He is a blend of wire hair terrier and an unknown. He is full of puppy energy and playfulness. If you have been searching for an outgoing, furry companion that you want to spoil then look no further. He loves meeting new people and playing with toys. He likes to snuggle bedside you.

Other available dogs-

Manny- Chihuahua Friendly and outgoing.

Domino- terrier blend. Loves people his tail never stops wagging

Angie- pit bull terrier. Friendly

Featured Cat-Tiger is one of those cats that becomes everyone’s favorite the second they meet him. His owner could no longer keep him. In addition to his adorable good looks, his personality will win you over in no time. His gentle nature is quite endearing as he rubs his head all over you and charms you with those eyes. He loves attention, loves his toys, likes being carried over your shoulder and is all around a perfect cat. Tiger will make a great addition to your family.

Other available cats-

Ivy- Loving playful tortoiseshell

Spirit- Calm gentle gray tabby

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

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