I have had cats for 60+ years, but this is the first tortoise shell kitten.
She seems to be not only hyperactive, but almost beserk in her racing around and climbing anything in sight, etc..Her twin is docile by comparison and sleeps many more hours per day.
Are tortoise shell "wired" differently?
thanks
Ken
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hehe. my pastel calico is the same way. she play-fights with Vlad the impaler all the time, but leaves Giant alone. she actually hisses at Giant when he tries to play with her, but if she casually walks by him and he licks her a few times, she pays him no mind. calico cats and their brethren are indeed strange, but fascinating cats Emotion: smile
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I have had cats for 60+ years, but this is the first tortoise shell kitten. She seems to be not ... in sight, etc..Her twin is docile by comparison and sleeps many more hours per day. Are tortoise shell "wired" differently?

yeah, got two, one's a tiny lunatic pretending to be a cat (which I understand is standard tortie temperament), the other totally Maine Coone in size, looks and attitude.
pat
Yes, I think they are.
We have two, and both are more skittish than the others. They are hyper and quirky.
One was found as a feral 6-month old kitten, so I've always thought it was formal-feral characteristics. Then we got another one...

Love 'em to death, though.
Rhonda
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Yes, I think they are. We have two, and both are more skittish than the others. They are hyper and ... kitten, so I've always thought it was formal-feral characteristics. Then we got another one... Love 'em to death, though. Rhonda

My former vet always claimed that torties were impossible to vaccine - he looked as if he was terrified of them!
Carola
Are tortoise shell "wired" differently?

My tortie Pudge was very sweet and laid back. When she was young, she was inquisitive and playful and probably hyper, but most young cats are like that.

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I just posted a message yesterday about the loss of our tortie Bliss. She definitely had an "attitude" and a paranoid edge to her, but very sweet and affectionate. She had to be petted a very specific way or she would swipe at you so quickly that you would swear you did not see it coming. Our party guests avoid her because of her temperament, and one guest describes Bliss as "the scary black cat" and re-tells the story of being swiped at by Bliss when he was walking by her and minding his own business.

Bliss would growl at my brother for just standing next to her, but to us, she was our precious princess with a wonderful personality. She was so high-strung that the vets had to mildly sedate her or use a net to examine her! As a kitten, she was very hyper, darting around the room like a rocket (we called her "a mechanical kitty", but throughout the years, she really mellowed out (though those quick swiping movement never faded except on her last days) .

We will always miss her. Good luck with your Tortie!
Perhaps it's best to say that torties have agendas. They won't go along to get along. They know how things ought to be, and they insist that things be that way. My tortie is the best cat ever, but I know better than to challenge her authority.
I don't know if the foregoing applies to all torties, but the description probably can't be dismissed.
BTW, here's an interesting brief article about the genetics of tri-color cats. A tortie owner ought to know this; it will make you appreciate the special magic that went into the creation of your cat:

http://www.fanciers.com/cat-faqs/tricolors.shtml
Remember: A tri-color cat is as good as three ordinary cats!
Are torties "wired"
We those of us that love torties call it "tortietude" They definitely have a personality all their own
Beverley
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