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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-15-2018, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Tabby or Mix?

Not sure if there's any breed experts out there or not but I was wondering whether my tabby cat Toby might be mixed with something else? I got him from the shelter so they honestly didn't tell me anything about him but he is almost 9 months old now and I have noticed a few things. He seems much taller and longer than my female cat who is actually older. He also has some pretty long and big ears compared to my black tabby cat. His face is also not round but more slim and structured, and he is very lean/tall/muscular as I said before. He is also very very very vocal. He likes to make those hunting noises they do when they see a bird, but he makes those noises at me all the time when he wants to play or just tell me something..also he sounds identical to Chewbacca when he tries to have discussions with me . Just wondering if anyone might be able to shed some light on if he is mixed with a different breed or not.
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I am in LOVE with those facial markings! I don't have much input into breed, although "teenager" cats are still pretty lanky. Ziggy didn't round out until she hit 2 years old. Catloverami is frequently on the forum and often has input regarding breeds. He looks like a domestic shorthair to me.
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It is difficult to determine a cat's true heritage....but I'll go out on a limb and say she looks to me to be aSiamese or Oriental Shorthair and Domestic Short Hair mix. She definitely doesn't have the typical DSH more rounded head but it's not as extreme oval as a Siamese or Oriental Shorthair (which is a cat of Siamese type but comes in various colors and patterns, but not the pointed pattern). The Siamese pointed pattern is recessive, so if one of her parents is DSH and didn't carry the pointed pattern, all the kittens would not have pointed pattern. Her upright tall ears are also more like an Oriental than a DSH. Long slim body and long legs are also more Siamese or Oriental. And of course the talkative nature of these cats is distinctive. She is not fully grown at 9 months, but most likely will be around 14 mos. Her color and tabby markings are Blue Mackeral Tabby & White in a "tuxedo" pattern. The second photo seems she has blotches on her left side and her facial markings are....hmm?...so maybe Bengal instead of Siamese!? especially if she grows much larger. She's a gorgeous cat with a very alert expression and lovely markings.

Oriental Shorthair (often called Orientals) http://tica.org/en/cat-breeds/item/2...r-introduction

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-19-2018, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Ahhh thank you for clearing that up! I was thinking along Siamese or oriental as well and yes I weighed him yesterday and believe it or not he is actually 16 pounds! he does not at all look chunky or overweight at all so I have to assume that he is good weight for his age but 16 pounds for a 9 month old cat makes me think he will maybe end up being around 20 pounds or so...He eats like a teenager boy and now I know why my other cat Stella doesn't always like when he plays rough because she is only 8 pounds lol
thank for weighing in guys! and he does have a pretty cute face I must admit

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16 lbs. at 9 mos?? He is going to be a BIG cat!!

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YES! and I weighed him twice just to make sure I wasn't seeing things LOL!
But he stood perfectly still on the scale both times and he weighed in at 15.8 pounds. And as I said he looks so lean and long that you wouldn't think he was that big but he sure is...and he eats his dry kibble with the feezedried raw bits in it, and he will eat about 1-1/2 5.5oz cans of wet food a day..I have no clue where it is all going!

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Well here's another idea.....could be Serengeti breed rather than Bengal mixed with DSH. The head and ears look more similar to your boy. Is his tail somewhat shorter? This is getting curiouser and curiouser!

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That is quite interesting! he does have long limbs that's for sure I'll attach some more pictures where you can see the tail as well but I don't know if its considered short or long
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A little difficult to tell the length of the tail, but looks about average for a DSH from your pics, tho may look shorter from a side view if he is standing?

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Just for fun I measured my Devon Fitty's tail and it's 11 in. in length measured from the top of it to the tip. He's very slim and svelte cat. Fitty's not quite as large as my other Devon and weighs 8.5 lbs. Zuba's tail was shortened at birth from his dam who chewed it off thinking it was the umbilical cord I guess that resulted in a long 6 in. stub. The long time breeder was horrified as that was the first time she'd had that happen.

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