"Once a cat has given its love, what absolute confidence, what fidelity of affection! It will make itself the companion of your hours of work, of loneliness, or of sadness. It will lie the whole evening on your knee, purring and happy in your society, and leaving the company of creatures of its own society to be with you." -- Theophile Gautier (This perfectly describes my beautiful old tortoiseshell, Abigail)
"Tortitude" -- The Unique Personality of Tortoiseshell Cats: Fact or Fiction? Great article. I have three torties and yes, they definitely meet the criteria - strong-willed, fiercely independent, possessive of their human, and talkative. I love them all.