The past ten years of my life have been shared with three torties: Tara, Truffles, and Mudpie. While that doesn't lead me to label myself a tortie expert, I am proud to call myself a tortie fanatic. I simply can't imagine myself ever living without one now.
After my Angel Sashi passed away I remember thinking that I wanted to adopt either a Siamese or a tortie. My mom had heard myths about some of the personality quirks that Siamese cats have and she urged me to look for a tortie. When I saw Tara my decision was made. It didn't take long for me to come to the realization that a tortoiseshell cat is no ordinary cat.
It was at this time that I first heard the phrase "tortitude" and when I googled the phrase one of the first articles I read was by Ingrid King on the Conscious Cat blog, “Tortitude” – The Unique Personality of Tortoiseshell Cats.
Never in a million years would I ever have guessed that one day:
1) I would consider Ingrid to be one of my dearest cat blogging friends.
2) She would ask me to review her beautiful book Tortitude: The BIG Book of Cats with a BIG Attitude.
3) My own dear Truffles would be immortalized in the book.
From the publisher: With about 2 million tortoiseshell cats in the United States, these special felines tend to be strong-willed, a bit hot-tempered, and often very possessive of their humans. Other words used to describe torties are fiercely independent, feisty and unpredictable. In Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude, cat expert Ingrid King (The Conscious Cat) brings her professional and personal experience to explore why these cats are so special. With expert insights combined with stunning photography and passages dedicated to the cats and their passionate guardians, King offers a new perspective on these exceptional cats.
What makes a tortoiseshell cat pure purr-fection (in my eyes)? Everything from their exquisite beauty to their feisty personalities. Tortitude is real...and that's what makes them so unique and special. They are also the most loving cats I've ever had the pleasure of living with. Tara, Truffles and Mudpie have all become exceptionally attached to me in ways I haven't experienced with other cats. They've all been very vocal cats too...and there is nothing more fun than chatting with a tortie! They just have so much to say, and they're not afraid to say it either! One of my greatest regrets is never having had the opportunity to get Truffles' adorable little voice on video. We just didn't have enough time, but I've already made sure not to make the same mistake with Mudpie.
This book is pure catnip for the soul of a tortie lover, or any aficionado of feline beauty. It's filled with page after page of photos of torties from all over the world accompanied by cat-related quotes and tortie facts and folklore. It's a book that will have a permanent place on my coffee table because I am such a proud tortie mom.
If you've never known the love of a tortie, Tortitude: The BIG Book of Cats with a BIG Attitude is sure to make you want to add one to your feline family as quickly as possible. Your life will never be the same again...and I mean that in the best of ways.
Tortitude: The BIG Book of Cats with a BIG Attitude is available on Amazon right now, and can be pre-ordered from all other online retailers. It will be in stores tomorrow, February 5. Ingrid will donate $1 for every copy ordered before February 5 to the Jackson Galaxy Foundation to help at risk cats.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. Receiving the book did not influence my opinions in any way.
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