Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can help me? I've heard torties can be quite agressive and sometimes seem to have a split personality, which i have witnessed through an old friends cat. Although i am curious as my boyfriends grandma has a tortie and she is absolutely lovely, never scratches, bites or anything. I would really like a cat but i have to be careful in what i get because my boyfriend has a son who stays with us. Help?
I used to volunteer at my local shelter. My daughter and I would spend time with cats one-on-one in order to keep them socialized. I don't remember lots of torties being available for adoption, but there were some. I don't remember them being any different from the other cats. There are sweet cats and psycho cats in every color and marking.
My advice would be to find a shelter and go visit the cats. You don't have to adopt on the first visit. Or the second or third. If you visit the adult cats, you will have a pretty good idea of what you might be getting into. Keep in mind that animals in the shelter are under stress, so they may not show their *true* self when you visit. If you find a sweet and loving cat in the shelter, you can pretty much bet that it will be a total sweetheart once you get it home.
I think torties are like any other cat or people. Personalities vary. I lost Pinky, my tortie, in February and am still grieving. She was like your mother's tortie, sweet, loving, never scratched, and played games with me and had a sense of humor! It's all in the luck of birth and adoption. Want to read about my little Pinky? I wrote "Meow's Way" and it is available in four parts on my website, www.authorsden.com/lucillebellucci.