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Type of cat I have?

jakej78
January 22nd, 2010, 06:05 PM
I was wondering what type of cat I have, since I have no idea.

http://i45.tinypic.com/el5tf8.jpg

http://i46.tinypic.com/2a8i1hg.jpg

http://i50.tinypic.com/33thytu.jpg

http://i47.tinypic.com/2ev3iao.jpg

http://i50.tinypic.com/2a91erq.jpg

Anyone know what type of cat she is?

dollface
January 25th, 2010, 09:28 PM
I'd say she's got some Bengal in her due to her marble markings.

If she has all these attributes I'd say a Bengal Cross:
-all black paw pads
-spotted belly (not running together)
-large black-rimmed eyes
-black outlined nose, nose is a brick red colour
-black lips
-whited chin
-squeaky meow (sounds like a kitten)
-coat is very soft, feels like mink
-prominent white whisker pads with dramatic facial markings

hazelrunpack
January 25th, 2010, 10:22 PM
Whatever she is, she's a gorgeous cat! :flirt: What's her name?

And welcome to the board!

jakej78
January 25th, 2010, 10:38 PM
Her name is Boo :)

Her's clearer pictures of her... From what you're described, I think she could be a Bengal.

http://i49.tinypic.com/2ptdtgi.jpg

http://i45.tinypic.com/1zv5r7o.jpg

http://i46.tinypic.com/5uij9s.jpg

So... Bengal then?

And thank you :)

growler~GateKeeper
January 26th, 2010, 12:01 AM
You have a pretty little Domestic Shorthaired Silver Classic Tabby :lovestruck:

There is no bengal in her, it is a rare and expensive breed that is highly unlikely to be found in the lineage of the common household pet. Bengals are most often brown and have very distinct spots unlike any other tabby and very different from the swirl pattern that your girl has.

In this link you can see the various pattern types of tabbies and also of Bengals http://www.seregiontica.org/Colors/tabby/tabbies.htm The Silver Classic Tabby in this link looks a bit different in body structure from your girl because it is a British Shorthair not a Domestic Shorthair, the British Shorthair has a much rounder face, medium sized ears and shorter nose than your Domestic Shorthair.

pattymac
January 26th, 2010, 12:23 AM
OOOhhhh she's gorgeous, yup a classic silver tabby. I have a thing for silver tabbies. With any tabby markings but the classic is stunning..shhhh don't tell Nino!!

dollface
January 26th, 2010, 01:44 AM
Bengals have marbled and spotted patterns. Just because they may have the bulleye pattern doesn't mean they aren't Bengals, it just means it isn't a desired pattern because it looks like a normal tabby. Why pay the big bucks if it looks like a DSH? Bengals can be brown, silver, melanistic, Seal Lynx Point, (the lightest coat colour with blue eyes only), Seal Mink (darker coat colour with blue-green to yellow eyes), and Seal Sepia, (darkest coat colour with gold or gold green eyes). Also, tabby's have the classic M on their foreheads, this one it looks like an M but it is more separated in the middle. Also her tail looks to be striped with the black tip.

Of course without papers, you will really have no way to tell for sure and just settle for calling her a DSH tabby. BYB exist in Bengals too.

But she sure is such a pretty kitty whatever she may be :lovestruck:

quincymycat
January 26th, 2010, 05:04 AM
DSH tabby with gorgeous markings. Ears are a bit big...I would think something got in the henhouse somewhere along the process, but when and what..? These days anything can happen and with uncaring pet owners it usually does.
Beautiful colour and healthy looking fur! :thumbs up

quincymycat
January 26th, 2010, 05:07 AM
Oh, I forgot to mention...one of the so called classic markings of "tabby cats" is the tell tale "M" on the forehead...very pronounced with this sweetie. :cat:

catlover2
January 26th, 2010, 06:53 AM
One doesn't usually see such a distinct silver class tabby pattern in a DSH, so I think she is American Shorthair (ASH). Hard to tell from the pictures just how long her body is. Although she has a more Bengal shaped head and longer ears than show quality ASH, Bengals are longer and slimmer in the body than a ASH. Maybe she is a mix?

http://www.hdw-inc.com/bengalcolorspatterns.htm

http://www.pictures-of-cats.org/american-shorthair-cat.html

14+kitties
January 26th, 2010, 08:28 AM
This is my classic tabby gal. Tabby isn't a "breed" per say as it is markings on a cat. So she is a DSH. She has some similarities to your little one. I also posted a link to a thread from last week where she was "fighting" with her brother. :rolleyes: Hope it helps. Her fur feels like velvet too.

61707

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=68044

ancientgirl
January 26th, 2010, 08:40 AM
What a cutie. I love the swirly pattern the classic tabby has.:lovestruck:

mona_b
January 26th, 2010, 10:00 AM
What a pretty girl.:lovestruck:

I do think she looks like 14+s Dayle.

Here is a few pics of my friends Bengal Stitch who she shows.

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a233/GSD4Life/sweetiestitchy.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a233/GSD4Life/nappies-3.jpg

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a233/GSD4Life/stitchy7months.jpg

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a233/GSD4Life/goodboy.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a233/GSD4Life/stitch.jpg

Tundra_Queen
January 26th, 2010, 10:16 AM
It doesn't look like the Bengals have the MM's on their foreheads like the tabby's do. But I love her markings...just beautiful!

Debbie

dollface
January 26th, 2010, 12:06 PM
jakej78: I'd have to say she's got some Bengal in her since she does have the head shape that catlover2 talked about. It was hard for me to tell in the pictures. Does she meow like a normal cat? Or does she chirp/trill/"mew" most of the time? Oh and if she can hold the "meerkat" pose for at least 4-5 seconds, that's one things Bengals can do that DSH's can't. DSH's just automatically flop down cuz they don't have the balance.

Don't mean to beat this to death but before finding this wonderful forum, I spent all my forum time on the BCF (http://www.bengalcatforums.com), so I've seen my fair share of Bengals. Stitch (above) is a perfect show quality Bengal. Doesn't have the M but there are Bengals that do. He/she also has the perfect tight pelt and has the sheen quality. The other quality is glitter. Sheen and Glitter are the most popular/desired.

Some Bengals with the M:
http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh124/abooksiugn/IMG_7547.jpg
http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh124/abooksiugn/IMG_7538.jpg

A possible "sparble" girl (sparble=spotted + marble):
http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh124/abooksiugn/IMG_7561.jpg

ancientgirl
January 26th, 2010, 12:44 PM
jakej78 Does she meow like a normal cat? Or does she chirp/trill/"mew" most of the time? Oh and if she can hold the "meerkat" pose for at least 4-5 seconds, that's one things Bengals can do that DSH's can't. DSH's just automatically flop down cuz they don't have the balance.



Maks chirps, and his meow sounds like a kitten. He is not a Bengal.

Czarina and Oksana can both strike the meerkat pose for at least 4-5 seconds, especially when there is something of interest they want to see. They are not Bengals.

All mine are DSH.

TacoGrl
January 26th, 2010, 12:52 PM
Doesn't really matter what type of cat she is...she is gorgeous! :lovestruck:

Btw...my two sit up and box with each other for more than 5 secs...also if they are begging when I am in the kitchen...Messina can actually walk quite a few steps before attaching her hands to my leg LoL!

14+kitties
January 26th, 2010, 12:57 PM
Mona - Stitch is a very handsome dude!! :cloud9:
Each cat has it's own unique stamp. I have many with black pads, "eyeliner", spots and stripes, black lips, outlined nose, mewers, trillers, etc.... They all have a piece of my heart.
As for the argument that the kitty is a bengal or not. Does it really matter? In the long run what is important is the kitty is a s/n loving, and loved, member of a family.

ancientgirl
January 26th, 2010, 12:58 PM
As for the argument that the kitty is a bengal or not. Does it really matter? In the long run what is important is the kitty is a s/n loving, and loved, member of a family.

This is all very true. She's a lucky girl to be in a loving home.

dollface
January 26th, 2010, 01:12 PM
No it doesn't matter, I'm just saying that if the cat has all the qualities (not here and there) that I stated she could have some Bengal in her. But as I said before without papers there is no way to tell for sure :) and most vets will label her as DSH. I know how cat owners can get excited if they have an exotic breed on their hands but no papers and not paying the Bengal price. jakej78: if you want to know for sure, post the pix on a Bengal forum and ask, can't hurt anything. :)

Stinkycat
January 26th, 2010, 01:34 PM
My friend has one that looks like her and it's a bengal, they're awesome cats! Can Jump HIGH!

BrownEyedGirl
January 26th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Wow she sure is pretty! Love the pic of her curled up in the sink.

dollface
January 26th, 2010, 02:09 PM
My friend has one that looks like her and it's a bengal, they're awesome cats! Can Jump HIGH! You should see how high Savannah's and Servals can jump :laughing:

Serval Jump starts @ 2:15: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAccwnJtWKs&NR=1

Serval: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdbSnmetciU

Savannah Jump: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gKfpfREwG0&NR=1

Tig's mom
January 26th, 2010, 02:49 PM
:cloud9:
I think everyone already answered your question, I LOVE all of the kitty pics!
They are all beautiful.
Wow, can Savannahs jump high, that is amazing.

Longblades
January 26th, 2010, 03:53 PM
You have a pretty little Domestic Shorthaired Silver Classic Tabby That's what I would say too but I'm not up on Bengals. Where did you get her? How old is she?

Unless you paid mega bucks for a purebred cat from a breeder I think you will find those are the markings of a regular cat, but exceptionnaly nice ones. Most tabby markings in the DSHs that you find in feral cat colonies, your friend's backyard, the farmer with the sign out "free kittens" are mackerel tabbies, which are the striped ones. Classic, also known as blotched, are not nearly as common here, though I do have a red one. I have read the classic is much more common in the UK though.

dollface
January 26th, 2010, 04:34 PM
^^ There are BYB for Bengals too. Most of them use pet quality Bengals (i.e undesired traits) and mate it with a DSH and advertise as Bengal. Hence the very low price, possible feral personality, then they disappear and you never hear from them again cuz they got your money. I am speaking from experience. And you can very well end up with a cat that we are all debating about.

jakej78
January 26th, 2010, 06:53 PM
@dollface: Yes, she actually does chirp and such, moreso than meow like regular cats. And the "meerkat" pose, she can stay in that pose for quite some time, definitely more than 5 seconds. She can also jump VERY high aswell. And thank you, I think I will post these pictures up on a Bengal forum, I'm just curious in all this really. Have any links to a bengal forum?

Oh and Boo is about 6 months old. My dad saved her at his job. She was in a bush, with her head stuck between 2 branches, she was stuck hanging herself.

dollface
January 26th, 2010, 07:43 PM
Oh the poor baby! Thank gawd for your Dad for saving her! :D

One forum is BCF (http://www.bengalcatforums.com/forums/index.php)
and another is Bengal Talk (http://www.bengaltalk.com/)

Does she have a high energy level and follow you around everywhere?

jakej78
January 26th, 2010, 08:32 PM
Waaaaay too much energy, and yes, she follows me EVERYWHERE.

dollface
January 26th, 2010, 10:52 PM
Well, you either have rescued a Bengal cross or a classic tabby. Either way you will have fun with her :)

mona_b
January 27th, 2010, 08:39 AM
That he is 14+...And he is such a sweetheart...:cloud9:..The little one beside him is his little "sister" Sassy.

My cats do the "meerkat" pose also..One is VERY vocal(deaf) and the other does not meow, she chirps.And when I put the key in the door, it sounds like she is saying Mom...:D....They are not Bengals..One is a DMH(white, blue eyes)..And my other is a DSH Brown Buff Tabby.


Your cat is a beauty, enjoy her.....:lovestruck:

quincymycat
January 27th, 2010, 11:38 AM
Quincy's been doing this (Meerkat pose?) since he was a baby. He's definately not a Bengal!
He begs and can hold that pose for a pretty long time, especially if you try to ignore him! :laughing:

pattymac
January 27th, 2010, 04:23 PM
Bobee, my Manx does that too and he has no tail. Usually when something really gets his attention, he'll stand up like that. He's got the longer back legs so when he runs, he kinda hops.

dollface
January 27th, 2010, 04:52 PM
Yup that's the meerkat pose, I had heard DSH's couldn't do it, especially seeing Forest flop over after 1 second, even while cheating :laughing: but I've been proven wrong about that aspect :)