Apparently you can get male torties but they are very rare. A chance of 1 in 3000. Years ago in England it was believed warts would disappear if rubbed by the tail of a tortie tom during May and in Japan fishing folklore believed a tortie tom on board would protect the crew from storms and the ghost of their ancestors so tortie toms were worth a lot of money.
There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats!