... I was hesitant to believe this, because where we live, if anyone has a rare breed of cat, they certainly aren't letting it run around loose, but after some research, I do believe she IS a Russian Blue...
I'd like to get some feedback though, so if any of you could help me identify what kind of cat she is, I'd be greatly appreciative.
Well, I'm afraid my feedback is going to be more in line with "valuable RB breeding-stock kitties not being allowed to run loose" ... but there is nothing wrong with saying she looks/acts like a RB, and really, she could certainly have some RB strains w/in her background. Who is to say for sure? But w/out documents, IMO, it is best to say 'similar to'.
I've looked through the pics I have online and cannot find any that show Mousie's feet, but hers were the pink/purple/mauve color Susan described but I am certain she could not be RB. I had an entire *family* of cats; The Trio (Mousie, Toby and Mister
), their father (The Wanderer
) and two 'cousin' cats (Blaze and Oscar
) that came out of the same colony/area of cats surrounding some unused rural dairy barns and farmland that showed a familial resemblence. Of these six cats, 2 were b/w, 2 were blue(gray
)/white and 2 were tabby/white, with one being standard brown/black and the other a blue(gray
I don't have any close-up pics of Mousie's individual coat and paw-pads as my interest in cat coat colors, their genetics properties and digital photo-examples didn't begin until after she had passed away.
Mousie with her brothers, Toby and Mister.
Most of the "family", starting at 12 o'clock (top): Wanderer (blue spotted/white), Mister (black/w), Marmalade (orange, NOT related), Mousie (blue/w), Blaze (b/w) and Toby (tabby/w).
Oscar the barn cat. I could NOT get him integrated w/ the house-kitties so he happily remained a barn / laundry-room cat.
Here is a link about a topic I made discussing this very thing: cat genetics, how cat breeds were developed and how our cats can mimic and/or look *just like* the purebreds.
IMO, if your cat looks like and/or behaves like any specific cat breed ... in the absence of documents proving heritage, I see NO problem with saying 'my cat looks like, is like, or resembles an *insert breed here
Here is another topic about when I went gaa-gaa over the variety of cat genetics out in our world and asked for photo examples:
...I would love it if you wanted to post some pics of your Kitty's undercoat and foot-pads in that topic.