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Book Review: “Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude ”

Mimi approves this book.
Mimi approves this book.

Even though Mimi is a house panther she can still certainly appreciate the tortitude, having been mentored by Cookie and friends with Kelly, my two tortie girls.

I actually know Ingrid King because we have a tortie connection. We met at a Cat Writers’ Association conference in 2009 when I introduced my Animal Sympathy Cards, and out of 12 designs and about 150 conference folders, Ingrid received the sample card with Cookie on the front. Later she was the reiki practitioner I called when Cookie needed an energy boost in her last year, and also for Kelly as she navigated her last year.

Now she’s gone and written the book about torties. Ingrid has mentioned a book about torties as the group of us discussed our tortoiseshell cats and tortitude in the post about them that has just over 14,000 comments, so I know it’s been in the works for a while. It’s finally here: Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude, with information about tortoiseshell cats and their unique genetics, and the discussion about their somewhat unpredictable personalities, otherwise known as “tortitude”.

About Tortitude.
About Tortitude.

The book also has page after page of photos submitted by Ingrid’s readers and followers of torties  in every possible color and pattern, dark and light, dilute  and calico, long-haired and short-haired, and even a few male torties too, with favorite feline quotes on each page.

A sample spread of photos.
A sample spread of photos.

Ingrid’s two current tortie girls, Allegra and Ruby, are real stars in the book. The book is dedicated to them, and in loving memory of her other two torties Amber and Buckley, and her first heart cat Feebee.

Allegra and Ruby.
Allegra and Ruby.

The book has a foreword by Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther and co-author of Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) as she discusses the many torties in her life and how much tortitude they had.

The book also begins with testimonials on Tortitude from Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” and Angie Bailey, author of Texts from Mittens and Whiskerslist: The Kitty Classifieds, as well as testimonials from Dr. Marty Becky and Ann Brightman on two of Ingrid’s earlier books.

If you love torties or if you know nothing at all about them, Tortitude will be a pleasure to read, learn and look at the beauty and diversity of tortoiseshell cats.

Mimi gave it several hearty nose rubs.

Mimi gives several nose rubs.
Mimi gives several nose rubs.

About the book

As a disclosure, I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher to review. My copy is an 8″ x 9.5″ hardback, but the book is also available for Kindle. It’s been available on Amazon, and is already the No. 1 Best New Release in Cat Breeds. In addition, it just arrived in bookstores on February 5.

Ingrid has an offer between now and Valentine’s Day: If you see the book in a store near you, take a picture and post it to The Conscious Cat Facebook page. Ingrid will raffle off an Amazon gift card for $25 by choosing one random photo on Valentine’s Day.

Other Books by Ingrid King

I’ve reviewed Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher and Adventures in Veterinary Medicine, and Ingrid has also authored Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style and Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style. You can read more about them on her website, and they are all available on Ingrid’s author page on Amazon.com.

My tortie girls

Cookie and Kelly

Tortitude preventing a good photo.
Tortitude preventing a good photo.


photo of cat on table in the sun
Yittle Fawn, looking full of some tortitude.


calico cat on calico couch
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9 thoughts on “Book Review: “Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude ”

  • firsttimetravel

    Dropping by from #LMMLinkup. The photos are cute and lovely. The book is interesting, too, although our pets in our house are all dogs. One just gave birth yesterday to two adorable puppies.

    • Thanks for the invitation, Forever Joyful! I’ll be glad to join you in your literacy linkup. Nice to meet you.

  • Thank you for this wonderful review, Bernadette! I love seeing photos of all of your tortie girls.

    • My pleasure, Ingrid, it’s a wonderful book, sure to give torties a great reputation, and I will always associate you and our shared love of torties with my memories of Cookie and Kelly.

  • pilch92

    I can’t wait to read that book. I know all about tortitude, my Penny has it. Please visit us at 15andmeowing to enter Phoebe’s giveaway.

    • You’ll enjoy it Ellen! Thanks for letting me know–for some reason I’m having trouble with getting WordPress emails again.

  • I do not have a cat but I do have a client who I visit their house to work each week who has 4. They are interesting and I would love to learn more about them. This seems perfect!

    • This would be a wonderful place to start Suzie. Thanks for visiting, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!


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