What Breed Is My Cat?

What Breed Is My Cat?

by Beth
(Devon, UK)

Millie

Millie

Millie

I got Millie in October, I loved her because of her markings. She has spots on her tummy which reminded me of a Bengal so I was instantly attracted to her.

She also has quite large ears. I know her mother was a Mackeral Tabby, but we are unsure of the father?

Any ideas from these photos? I have been saying she is just a moggy, but as she has got bigger I'm starting to think she has a certain look about her but am not sure what?

Beth


Hi Beth... thanks for sharing. It is always going to be speculative, I think, in trying to work out what has gone on in the history of a cat to try and determine what breed of cat might have influenced the outcome.

Millie is a moggie - a classic (blotched) tabby and white random bred cat with a great pattern. You could argue she is a moggie even if she is purebred because there are no pedigree documents.

The pattern down her back reminds me of a famous USA Bengal cat called "Sundog"....


Sundog - Bengal cat
Photo copyright Helmi Flick.

Of course Sundog's coat is better but Sundog is a famous champion purebred Bengal cat.

And you wonder if there is some Bengal cat in Millie. This is very possible. My gut feel is that Millie is a "purebred mix". She has in some ways an appearance of a purebred cat. A purebred mix means (as you probably know) one removed from a purebred cat or she might be purebred cat but the "result" is non-standard and a failure in terms of breeding a purebred cat. Breeding as you can imagine is not a science and a good number of cats are not inline with the breed standard - not "to type".

But the ears, as you say, are noticeably large; larger than the ears in relation to the body of purebred Bengal cats, in my opinion.

There is a breed that is similar to the Bengal that has larger ears. The Sokoke is one such cat - see a picture of a purebred Sokoke.

The Sokoke though is a rare cat particularly in the UK I would have thought. It is bred in the UK as far as I am aware.

OK, that probably leaves us with the conclusion that Millie is a Bengal x moggie mix.

Hope this helps.

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Jan 11, 2011
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Millie
by: Beth

Thanks for your comment Kathy, even though she is a moggie, I questioned it straight away as she was so unusual. The mother is as stated a Mackeral Tabby but the father is unknown to the person I bought her from. The more she grows, the more I see Bengal in her... Whether she has or not, she is is just lovely cat and I am so glad I got her 🙂


Jan 10, 2011
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MY THOUGHT
by: kATHY w

My first thought was when I saw your cats picture was that hes gotta be part Bengal!


Jan 10, 2011
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my thoughts
by: Kathy W

My first thought when I saw your picture was that cat is gotta be part Bengal!!!!


Dec 29, 2010
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My three Maus
by: Anonymous

My story went through, but not the pictures of my Maus:


Dec 29, 2010
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What breed is My Cat
by: Deanna

Thank you for sharing Millie. Millie looks like my Molly. Molly has the same markings of an American Short Hair. I can tell the difference, Molly's tail is a little shorter, that is how I can tell that she is An American Short Hair. She is beautiful.


Dec 29, 2010
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What breed is My Cat
by: Deanna

Thank you for sharing Millie. Millie looks like my Molly. Molly has the same markings of an American Short Hair. I can tell the difference, Molly's tail is a little shorter, that is how I can tell that she is An American Short Hair. She is beautiful.


Dec 29, 2010
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millie
by: Beth

Thank you so much for your help, you have been very informative in helping me solve the mystery that is 'Millie'! The Vet is very keen on her and he even offered to buy her from me at my last appointment! I was going to get her spayed as soon as she was old enough, but he has convinced me that it might be an idea to let her have one litter of kittens. So I shall find a stud for her and have some very sweet kittens from her.

Thank you again, Beth 🙂



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