Hi, I have two adult male cats almost 2 years old. I just rescued a kitten(I thought was a male) and I just found out that "he" is a "she". I also found out that "she" is a tortishell. I know about cats but I do not know about tortishell's. I heard that they tend to be "bossy". First of all can anyone PLEASE tell me if this is going to work out between the cats. I have a chocolate Siamese male and a domestic medium hair male gray cat and now a female tortishell. I love all of the cats but I have a feeling that there will be a lot of mixed personalities going on over here. What should I expect. We have already bonded with the new kitten. A neighbor told us that we should give the kitten up for adoption because she will get "picked" on by the male cats and she won't be comfortable. I have also heard that since "she" is a tortishell that she can hold her own. Please help. Right now my two young children are crying their eyes out because they think we might have to give her up. P.s. the kitten already comes to the name we gave to "him" (her). She has a boys name.
in answer to " its a girl!" I too have a multible cat household. are your male cats neutered ? hope so...being that the new kitty is so young, they should get along fine. girl cats, as they grow older, like to tend to more 'sophisticated' duties,such as preening, prancing,showing the male cats that she is better at chasing and catching a fly or bird, soon they admire her, they will be good friends,but only one female cat to a household for true harmony. you will adore her.!
I'm not sure why people are making a big deal out of the fact that your cat is a tortoiseshell. That is just a color just like any other color. There's no specific personality traits that go along with cats being certain colors, I've neer known a calico cat, or a orange tabby or a black and white cat to act any differently just because it is that particular color. I will say that the gene for red color pigment in cats is carried on the sex chromosomes. So since cats can carry the color for red (r)pigment on their 'X' chromosomes, only female cats can be torties and calicoes, since their sex genes are XX. Males, being XY can't carry 2 red colors, but only 1 on the X chromosome and none on the Y. So they can't be tortoiseshell or calico. So if you'd said she was a tortie (or calico) I'd have known right away she was female and not male, because a male tortie/calico has some genetic issues going on (ie, is XXY) which both abnormal and extremely rare. That said, cats really aren't pack animals in the way that dogs are. Your males will eventually get used to your female cat, though it may take a while. Make sure you get her spayed (and that your males are neutered!).