Rare Male Tortoiseshell Cat Receives Hundreds Of Adoption Requests

Burrito came to the Animal Welfare Association in early April.

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More than 300 adoption applications have been submitted for Burrito, a male tortoiseshell kitten. Via Animal Welfare Association/ABC News
John Virata

A rare tortoiseshell kitten, who has beaten the odds just by being male, has garnered more than 300 adoption applications since the Animal Welfare Association announced that the 6-week-old kitten would be available for adoption when he is 8 weeks old.

Tortoiseshell cats are considered rare because of the gene found on the X chromosome that controls the orange and black fur color. Males in this coloration are considered very rare.

“Females have two X chromosomes, while males have an XY combination,” the Animal Welfare Association said in a press release. “This means that only female cats can have orange and black fur. To be a male tortoiseshell cat, he must have three sex chromosomes: two XXs and one Y.”


Burrito wants all of his fans to know that he will be at Paws & Feet to meet all of you…

Posted by Animal Welfare Association on Saturday, May 13, 2017

“When I turned little Burrito over I was so surprised,” Dr. Erin Henry of the AWA said. “I’ve examined thousands of kittens while working at AWA and they are so rare that he may be the only male tortoiseshell I’ll ever see again.”

The kitten, named Burrito (“Purr-ito” may have been better?), was dropped off with two siblings (named Empanada and Tortilla) at the Animal Welfare Association in Vorhees, New Jersey, the second week of April, Maya Richmond, AWA executive director told ABC News.

“He’s got that curious-tortie, lovable personality,” Richmond said.

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  • Neuter him before adopting him out.

    william lloyd May 17, 2017 11:58 pm Reply
    • male tortoiseshells are sterile.

      jishwa May 18, 2017 10:11 pm Reply
      • Thanks jishwa. That’s good to know.

        william lloyd May 19, 2017 2:00 pm Reply
  • I have the same kind of cat , her name is Mrs. Kitty, she just had 5 kittens almost 3 weeks old, what you are telling me is that all 5 kittens will More than likely all females, from Independence Missouri

    Angie Stewart May 19, 2017 7:57 pm Reply

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