Pet of the Week: A girl with ‘tortitude’


Meet Khanna.  She is a four-year-old, long-haired female ‘Tortie’ who is very friendly but definitely needs a home with adults only and no other cats.

Tortoiseshell cats (known as Torties) aren’t a specific breed, but some believe they have a specific temperament.

Following a study (UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital), word spread that tortoiseshell cats have a distinct, somewhat sassy temperament, which was quickly coined “tortitude.” Anecdotally, many tortie owners agreed that their cats were high-energy and sassy.

*Many countries have auspicious legends about tortoiseshell cats.

  • According to folklore from Southeast Asia, tortoiseshell cats were formed from the blood of a young goddess.
  • In Japan, it’s believed that tortoiseshell cats can help protect the home from ghosts.
  • English folklore says rubbing a tortoiseshell cat’s tail on a wart will cure the affliction.
  • In the United States, tortoiseshell cats are believed to be “money cats” that will bring good fortune into the home.

Please call the shelter at 519-372-1911 if interested in meeting Khanna. 

*reference The Spruce

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The Shelter offers a safe place for pets that have no choices left.  “Sometimes, their owners have had no choice either. They, too, may have aged and had to move into a facility where their loved companions are not allowed or, in the final step of life, may have died leaving their pets behind.  Whatever the reason, these faithful friends have no choice but to wait … wait for someone new to take them in and love them,” says Shelter Manager, Deb Takeda.