The Ashera Cat and Choices
Our Tortoiseshell Cat
Who Needs an Ashera Kitty When You Can Have a Tortoiseshell Cat?
Okay, let’s face it. Not all of us have big budgets for our animals. But apparently, some people do. There is a new type of cat out there, called an Ashera. According to Lifestyle Pets, you can have one of these kitties for yourself for around $22,000. Well, I didn’t have to pay anything for my gorgeous tortoiseshell kitty. I just had to make a donation.
We adopted our tortoiseshell kitten, plus another one, from the veterinarian. A stray mother cat had been taken in by the clinic, and she had the babies there. It’s obvious from the way they look that they are a mix of several different breeds. My family and I chose a black kitten, and the tortoiseshell one, because she was so different from the rest.
The Ashera cat is a cross between a domestic house cat, an Asian leopard cat, and an African serval cat, but there is still some speculation about the direct origins. Well, my tortoiseshell cat is a mixture of orange, brown and black colors, but they are not considered to be a different breed. They are given the name because of their appearance. Almost all tortoiseshell cats are female, and ours happens to be long-haired.
Tortoiseshell or “torti” cats, as they are often called, are more nervous than other cats. Ours in particular seems to be affected by drops in barometric pressure. During Hurricane Rita, she refused to come out from under the bed. However, she is also a very sensitive, sweet cat, and is very loyal to us.
If you have your mind made up to buy an Ashera cat, then you better get a really big litter box. If not, get a tortoiseshell. While she may not look like a jungle animal, she will still attract a lot of attention!