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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-18-2016, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Question What kind of cat is this?

Can someone please help me figure out what cat breed this is?

I have attached five photos.

It's a gray male cat with some white spots. He's around 5 or 6 months old, and his most distinguishing feature is his very smooth, silky fur, which feels totally "non cat-like" under your fingers. He's also very intelligent and sociable.

His mother is a completely black cat, and physically they have no similarities whatsoever.

Thank you all in advance for your help.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-18-2016, 11:29 PM
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Domestic Shorthair or 'Moggie'.
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looks like a "I own all of your furniture" kind of cat

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Without any registrations papers in a well known cat registry such as CFA (Cat Fanciers' Assoc.), TICA (The International Cat Assoc.) or CCA (Canadian Cat Assoc.), he is not any particulare breed of cat but that is called a Domestic Shorthair, his colour is blue (grey) tabby. He appears to have the beginning of classic tabby pattern, but is lacking the typical round "bulls-eye" pattern on his side(s). Cat breeders would refer to it as a faulty pattern. Often blue cats do have a silky feel to the coat, as do black cats. He looks like a real sweetheart!

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We would call him a DSH (domestic short hair) grey tabby if he were at our shelter.

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Thank you for all your input, although I have some problems understanding how this could be a domestic shorthair. Please do not misunderstand me, as I am not questioning your expertise on the matter. It's just that perhaps the photos don't do a good job of showing things.

First, it may not be that visible on the photos, but his hair isn't really that short. Second, when you touch him, it almost feels like you're touching a bird. It is a unique touch I've never felt with any cat, and I've touched many cats. Third, I've found tons of pictures on Google of grey domestic shorthair cats, and not one of them really looks like this one, especially the face.

Again, I'm not saying it can't be a domestic shorthair, and I'm not questioning the knowledge of the posters, but I think that maybe the photos aren't able to give sufficient information.

There are some pictures of young "Nebelung" cats that resemble this one, but Nebelung cats are AFAIK completely grey, and this one has some white spots mainly on his tummy.

If anyone else could provide additional insight, it would be much appreciated.
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What everyone else has said is true.

People get used to guessing at breeds because with dogs it's common for a dog to be either one identifiable breed, or a mix of 2-4 which are still pretty easy to spot.

Cats are not like that.

Most dogs are descended from purebreds at some point in their lineage because not so long ago people really cared about what breed the dog was and how that breed was used - working dogs.

Most cats are just...cats.

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Basically, your cat is a 'mutt'. That doesn't make him less special at all. All my kitties are mutt-cats and I love their individual characteristics! Torri has the same fur texture you're describing, petting her is like petting a cloud or touching a bunny's soft tummy. The fur is so soft you almost can't tell you're touching anything.

But that's all random genetics, as are the rest of his features.
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^ All that LC said.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-20-2016, 06:10 AM
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The cute kind.
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He looks like a DSH tabby to me too, and you can see a bit of his classic tabby pattern, though he has unusual coloring. He's just gorgeous, and his coat looks just as silky as you describe. It sounds like your boy is similar to my girl. I have a DSH classic tabby, and her coat is also super silky, unlike that of other cats. I've petted cats with really soft fur, and hers feels different. Silky really is a great adjective to describe it. Although she's a short hair, her fur is longer (or at least it looks and feels longer) than that of other shorthairs.
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