I am an orange tabby who loves my big brother and tortie sister, but they are a lot older than me and I’ve been friendly with the neighbor’s cat. So my human thought I would enjoy someone younger to play with and she brought home a tortie kitten (seems to be a theme here, doesn’t it?). But I think there is something wrong with her! She sits in most of my favorite spots and hogs the toys. I find myself growling at her, even though I’ve never growled before in my life! Since you have Binga, I thought you might know what to do about this troublesome tortie.
I hate to say it, but the only thing wrong with this tortie kitten is that she is a tortie — and that’s something you just can’t fix! In fact, I think you are lucky — if this had been Binga, she would have hogged your favorite spots and toys, and then growled at you! Smacking her is useless because chances are she will just smack you right back. Torties are feisty kitties who give as good as they get… or better! I bet your older tortie family member was quite a pistol in her day. There are some torties who buck the bossiness trend, but they are not very common.
You want to know the secret to dealing with a misbehaving tortie? You have to change your own reaction to her! That is really about all you can do. Torties are happy just the way they are, so they have no reason to change. Let me give you some tips on adjusting your own attitude: instead of growing at her, maybe you should pretend something else is more interesting than what she is hogging. It is bound to spark her curiosity and she will want to have whatever it is too. Then you can take back what was rightfully yours. Or here is another one: instead of letting her make you angry, get on her nerves on purpose! Torties are really fun to annoy because it is very easy to do. I do that all the time with Binga, purely for amusement. Just remember, torties always act before they think, so if you do the opposite, you should be able to have the upper paw. The moment you react to their bad behavior, you’ve lost. Good luck, and who knows? When you look at her from a different perspective, you might find you like her after all.
Marty the Manx says
Great advice Sparkle. Poor Timmy, Einstein is just a stinker I think!
Famous SpokesGoat Pricilla says
Pumpkin is not aggressive at all. He is pretty invisible actually.
Timmy Tomcat says
Does that Tortie info go for medium haired kittens with floofy tails too???
Einstein takes EVERY toy or snack he can find
“…Torties are really fun to annoy because it is very easy to do.” AND HOW! Our resident black-and-orange bombshell was sweetness purrsonified until she got a little, shall we say, mature. Now, our servant refers to her as “the bat-eared whapping tortle”. And yes, she DOES have huge ears — we think she may have been the inspiration for the “Dumbo” character. Oh, wait, no.
Kitty Cat Chronicles says
Great advice, Sparkle!! Hope it helps our orange friend.
The Kitties of Purring Pines says
Mark's Mews says
We say grab yer favrits an hide them!
Terrific advice, Sparkle. To deal with a tortie, sometimes you have to THINK like a tortie.
Fraidy Cats! says
great advice, Sparkle! we sort of guessed the short answer to the question straight-away 😀
Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, HOllie
Team Tabby says
We have never had a tortie at our place, however, if we ever do, we will keep your advice in mind! Thanks for your good wishes for Cookie and Mike, they are feeling much better.
prancer pie says
Great advice! Tortie-tude is something that touches all our lives in one way or another. Having a support system is a great way to deal with these feelings. MOL!
Happy Tuesday, furriends!
Ellen Pilch says
Great advice Sparkle. I will pass this on to Millie who gets bullied by Penny, our tortie even though she is half his size.
Since the Tortie in his house is as mellow as mellow can be and has no bossy bone in her body (actually if you pick her up you’d swear she had NO bones in her body since she goes limp), we’re beginning to think that it’s the other kitties in the house that make Torties have a bad name. Just sayin!
Sue Brandes says
Wonderful advice Sparkle.
Baby Tali says
Rucker buddy..be glad yous don’t have my Aunt Susie Tortie..she smackys me in the head when I walks past her..just for no reason cause she can..geeze..
The Poupounette Gang says
Yes, GOOD LUCK!
Angel AbbyGrace says
You always give such good advice!
Sweet Purrfections says
This makes Mom Paula miss Sweet Praline. She was the diva of torties.
I think he’s lucky she’s a latecomer–if she’d been there first, there would be no end to her tortitude!
Great advice. Those torties are feisty gals. We have three of them here and they are all the same. Missy is a very nice cat but she is older too. One thing they are and that is very loyal.
ROFL! We love your Binga experiences! Torties are a special kitty (and I know you’re thinking I meant that in a “mental” way … MOL)!
We’re voting for you every day, BTW, Sparkle! We hope you win!
Selina & MomKatt Laura
madi and mom says
I enjoy the Tortie tales…you see my litter mate Lucy (adopted by my human Uncle) was a tortie and behaved a tad different from me…now I know why she was special in her own way
Hugs madi your bfff
Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal says
Well now I’m happy to be the only cat again 😉
Savannah's Paw Tracks says
Yep, Tasha, the tortie before me, ruled the two boy cats. Whatever she said was the rule
Brian Frum says
Torties tell us that is what makes them so special!
Toby & Leia says
Ah, torties. They are a pawfull for sure.
Cathy Keisha says
Whoa! Itâ€™s a god thing I sent Isabel packing. Good advices. That last sentenceâ€”does this mean you really like Binga?
Kitties Blue says
You described Astrid purrfectly, but then you know Torties well from living with Binga. It is interesting that Calista Jo seems totally different being a dilute tortie. Do you think they have a more mild personality as their furs are muted? Interesting question to pursue at sometime. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
Melissa & Truffles says
Great advice, Sparkle, I would just add one thing: torties are totally PAWSOME!!!