I am very curious about what breed my cat is!
What breed is my cat? We got a kitten 6 months ago from a local pet store (Blenheim, a small town in New Zealand). Lately I have been curious about what breed she is as her coat is so distinctive!
She has marble markings and the softest fur imaginable! Her coat has a lot of elasticity as well. I have been looking on the internet to find a cat that looks like her, and came across the Sokoke breed.
I don't think she could be a purebred having just been $50 at a pet store, but she displays some characteristics of the Sokokes that I have read about.
She is very active, friendly and intelligent and seems to have quite a strong build. If anyone could give me some feedback that would be great!
Hi Sarah... thanks for visiting and asking. As it happens it won't surprise you that a lot of people ask the same question.
For that reason I created a page on the subject (new window - blogger site).
There are various ways of answering your question. At the most optimistic end of the spectrum it could be argued that your cat is a purebred cat without purebred papers to establish pedigree - perhaps a Sokoke or Bengal cat. Although the Sokoke is extremely rare.
Purebred cats do find their way into some strange places such as shelters about to be euthanised or on the side of the road (albeit rarely).
What does the pet store say as to your cats origin? That may help.
On the other end of the scale your cat would be a random breed (mixed breed) cat that looks a bit like a Bengal cat or Sokoke cat.
The latter assessment is more likely to be the accurate assessment and one that the majority of expert visitors to this site would no doubt say.
Just looking at your cat (and judging by appearance is not a good idea, really) she could be a Bengal cat mix (one removed from a purebred Bengal cat). The type looks not bad and I have seen worse blotched tabby patterns on purebred Bengals.
Here is a cat from Australia that looks like your girl: What breed is my cat?
That is it really.
Conclusion: no one can say with any degree of certainty. The only certain way is documentary evidence (certificates of pedigree).