However, it took many months for her to calm down and not curse and spit all the time. At one point we took her to our vet, Jacqueline Talley, and we discussed her temperament. Dr. Talley told us that Texas A&M had done a study on tortoise shell cats because of the unusually, often aggressive, and extremely verbal behavior. Although they are not a breed, they do have some like characteristics.
For one thing they like heights. For another many of them bite and scratch even the people they appear, otherwise, to love. They also talk a lot...a whole lot!
Turtle is fixed and is now the only animal living in our home, but we do have a slight problem and it’s growing worse. It appears, even though she’s fixed, that she attracts members of the opposite sex - even if they are fixed, too. Our neighbor, Mrs. Pearson, has two lovely, fixed toms who call on Turtle daily. She tells them off, and, mostly, they run away. We call them Ginger Pearson and Tabby Pearson.
Now Joann and Jack Edwards have a solid black tom whom we call Blackie Edwards. He is much less wild and fearful than Ginger and Tabby, and it appears he would like to make his home here with Turtle. He visits at all hours of the day and night, and he constantly serenades her.
Turtle is a lovely girl, and she is quite a flirt, when she isn’t being angry with someone! We love her dearly. She sleeps with us at night. I’m even considering writing a children’s book about her.
We really enjoy the Turtle in our lives! Torties are the best, in my opinion.