I have been trying for almost two years to get a good photo of Tidbit, but they always come out blurry. Last week, she finally sat still and posed for me. She even picked a background that matched her coat.
Tidbit is the sister of two of my cats. She lives with my grandson and his mother. She’s the spitting image of her mom, the pregnant tortoiseshell stray that we took in a couple years ago. Somebody dumped her off on our street and our neighbor started putting scraps out for her. We supplemented with dried cat food. When winter came, our neighbor moved, leaving the stray behind, so we kept feeding her. When we realized she was pregnant, I snuck her into our bedroom. Shaun was in India at the time. By the time he got back, she had already had the litter of kittens and he was stuck with a new roommate. Fortunately, we found a good home for the mother, as well as two of the kittens. The other two have become permanent members of the family.
Tortoiseshells are a variety of calico and only one in a million are born male. If that rare male survives, he won’t be able to breed. The only way to purposely breed tortoiseshells and calicos is to cross a tabby with a black cat. The color of the tabby will determine the kittens’ coloring. Crossing a grey tabby with a black cat will give you a beautiful grey colored tortoiseshell. However, you usually only get one tortoiseshell or calico for every four kittens. The others will be tabby or black, like the parents.
I’m entering this in the Pets and Autumn Theme challenge in the Pets Are Us group.
- Kathleen -
11/9/10 – TOP TEN WINNER in the Pets and Autumn Theme challenge hosted by the Pets Are Us group.