Staff at a Scottish shelter were surprised when a tortie kitten handed in to them turned out to be a rarity – a boy! Harry is 12 weeks old who displays all the tortie-tude you’d expect from one with his colouring. 99.9% of tortoiseshell cats are female and so Harry really is a rare baby.
It is almost always the case that these rare male torties are sterile, but vets will be taking no chances that Harry be used for breeding and so he will be neutered when he is old enough.
When vet heard the cat was called Harry, she said to the owners, ‘I think that might have to be a Harriet’. “I had to change my words when I discovered it was male. I’ve never seen one before and I’ve been a vet for more than 30 years.” vet said.
It is believed that Harry was purchased from private sellers who were unaware of the kitten’s rarity. With eight million cats in Britain, only a couple of male torties are born each year.
Source: Lothian Cat Rescue – Scotland