(Perth, Ontario, Canada)
At 4 months old
I was looking for a little kitten to keep my 3 year old cat entertained. I answered an add on kijiji.com, and brought home this adorable, normal sized, ball of fluff.
Within 2 months, my normal ball of fluff quickly became a mutant sized kitten with freakishly long whiskers and monster sized paws.
His mother was a petite short-haired grey and white tabby who escaped the house and came back pregnant. And I have always had normal DMS cats, who were normal sized.
I was very surprised with the rate of Oliver's growth. At 6 months old, which he is as of yesterday, August 8th 2011, he weighed in at 8.3 pounds, he is 33 inches long from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. His body is 16 inches long with very very soft fur (I have had cats all my life, and never had a cat with such silky fur), his long fluffy fox-like tail is a respectable 13 inches long. And from the floor to the top of his shoulders, he stands a tall 11.5 inches. Again, this is at SIX MONTHS OLD! Wow!!
Given the petite nature of his mother, I was on a crusade to find out what possible breed my mutant-kitten's father may have the genes of.
Based on his size, his demeaner (he is extremely fond of being in the same room with people, follows me around like a love-struck boy, and is extremely active and playful) and physical traits, like his kohl-rimmed eyes, salt-and-pepper fur, britches and ear size, I am actually thinking there is some possible Somali in him, which is kinda cool since I never even heard of this breed until my research began.