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  1. I live in Oak Hills Ca. at the very top of the high desert. I had a wild cat living on the unfenced part of my property and slowly over a years time gained its trust. First it moved into my fenced in 1 acre area of the property and adopted the crawl space under a storage shed as its new home. After a few months it started slowly sneeking up to my roomates dogs food bowl in the middle of the night and stealing food a couple times a week. once I got it comfortable enogh to not run when it saw me. I started bribing it with food trying to gain more trust.

    After a few weeks of that it finally took food from my hand. After a few weeks of hand feeding it I finally attempted to pet it. First two times it spooked and ran away. Then the next time I feed it. It ate the food then rubbed its head against my hand.

    From that day on it adopted me. I can pick it up. Carry it around if I wish. It really did fall in love with me.

    my house is on five acres with no other houses next to mine. I am pretty sure this is a totally wild cat possibly a California Spangled cat

    • Hi Corey. What a great story. Cat lovers will thank you for being generous and taking care of a feral cat. You gained his/her trust which is hard to do. It is unlikely that he is a California Spangled but more likely to be a tabby cat. Calif. Spangled cats were tabby cats. I would doubt that there are any Calif. Spangled cats anywhere nowadays. Well done and many thanks for sharing on my website.

  2. I was randomly searching cat breeds and came across the California Spangled cat topic. I picked up my two cats (brother and sister) from a rescue shelter and thought they were very interesting looking. Every single behavioral characteristic of a spangled cat is dead on for these two kitties. They are most likely mixed with other cat breeds but thought they might be a descendent of a California spangled. Either way they are the best kitties ever! (Gorgio and Gracie are their names)

    • Hi Phil, you have two stunning tabby cats. The California Spangled is also a tabby cat. This is why they look similar. But it proves that the Calif.Spangled is not far removed from a random bred tabby cat.

      It is unlikely but not impossible that Gorgio and Grace have some distant connection to the Calif. Spangled.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and a nice picture.

  3. Hi. I too believe I may be privileged to owning a California Spangled (or at least by chance a decedent of one).I’m still questioning her coat pattern by all means, but it’s more her personality and temperament that has me SO convinced. I’ve never had a more affectionate, eager to please, and agile cat. Everything I’ve read about the California Spangled she fits the profile to a “T”. But her coat is extremely sleek like a seal and very soft. She’s extremely special. It’s hard to put into words how her personality truly shows, but if read anything about the breed…that’s her. As such, I have absolutely fell in love with this lost breed and would love to see it come back full tilt. Could someone please let me know if they think my Peepers might possibly be from the original blood line by chance?I can’t upload the picture of her, but I can send them via email.

  4. Hi. I too believe I may be privileged to owning a California Spangled (or at least by chance a decedent of one).I’m still questioning her coat pattern by all means, but it’s more her personality and temperament that has me SO convinced. I’ve never had a more affectionate, eager to please, and agile cat. Everything I’ve read about the California Spangled she fits the profile to a “T”. But her coat is extremely sleek like a seal and very soft. She’s extremely special. It’s hard to put into words how her personality truly shows, but if read anything about the breed…that’s her. As such, I have absolutely fell in love with this lost breed and would love to see it come back full tilt. Could someone please let me know if they think my Peepers might possibly be from the original blood line by chance?

    • Hi Desire. Thanks for visiting and asking. Could you tell us a bit more about your cat – the history for example – with a photo. You can upload photos to comments (there is a button below the box). It is certainly possible that you live with a California Spangled and if you do, you are living with a rare cat. I can’t tell if Peppers might be from the original blood line on what you have stated, unfortunately. Thanks again for sharing.

  5. I had decided my cat was an Ocicat from attempted internet research, however he just didn’t have tall enough ears, and a couple things were just a stretch, though he doesn’t really mind water, as they also seem to feel. Then again, with the population of Ocicats so much higher, it’s unsurprising there would be more observations of them than California Spangleds. Anyway, Barney looks just like these, much more so than he does the Ocicats. A friend of my family’s found him abandoned at a Home Depot near our home in the suburbs of Dallas, and we’ve been curious as to his breed, as he is quite the odd cat. He definitely stares, a lot. He likes high places…but he seems to be a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to getting down, so he doesn’t make the ascension very often. In fact, he’s more likely to find a place where he can observe all the goings on and make a quick escape if anyone attempts to give him too much love. He needs a lot of affection, but with six people who adore him way too much, he has become spoiled and lets us know when he will let us pet him. He loves strangers though, and generally is on better behavior when they’re around. He can identify each of our vehicles (all six of us), as well as my boyfriend’s and those of my siblings’ friends. We had to let him become a partial outside cat because of all the extra energy; he’s much friendlier inside after he’s been outside for a while (We let him go in or out whenever; we are slaves to this cat’s wishes). He vocalizes rarely, but we all stop to adore him when he does. He started increasing his vocal activity when he realized how much we didn’t like the clawing and biting. He’s much more civil now. Anyway, I say all this to shed some light on California Spangled Cats, if Barney is one. He certainly looks the part. I’ve included a picture for your judgment. He…didn’t make out too poorly on Christmas. The cashier literally asked us if we only had one cat. He paid for it by wearing the costume for us, though!

    • Hi April, Happy New Year. Barney is a very impressive looking cat. He has a fabulous spotted tabby coat of high contrast on a grey background. Although, he is not a member of any particular cat breed, I am pretty sure of that. The Calif. Spangled is also a spotted tabby cat. The original domestic cat – the domesticated African wildcat – is also a spotted tabby. This is why Barney looks like the Calif. Spangled.

      Don’t be upset by what I have written. Firstly some non-purebred cats are better looking and more healthy and better behaved than purebred pedigree cats. The non-pedigree domestic shorthair (DSH) as as good as any pedigree show cat. Cats of a cat breed in the West (N. America and Europe) have to be registered with a cat association. If Barney was registered we could confirm that he is a purebred cat but that is very doubtful.

    • Hi April – Barney is a beautiful cat – he has a really nice coat with those lovely spots. Be careful letting him out – it’s good to supervise if you are near a road. I lost my cat to a road and I am still very sad about it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • Thanks Marc. I wrote this page years ago. The interesting thing about this page is that the lasy “Udana” illustrated in the page was a close friend of Paul Casey the creator of the breed. She provided the history of the breed from first hand experience. It is unique page for that reason. Google does not get that. It should rank far better in search results.

  6. Hi, I just bought our Lil Ash about 5mths ago. We was told that his breed was local tabby American Shorthair. However I was quite curious because my American shorthair doesn’t have that classic marble like coat. Instead, his personality & appearance are exactly the same like the California Spangled. I’m confused now. However, I would be blessed and happy to know if our Lil Cat belongs to the California Spangled breed.
    Thank u 🙂

    • Hi Azleeha. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I am not sure if you have a purebred American Shorthair or an American cat that is a domestic shorthair with a tabby coat that is not marbled. I am going to guess your cat is the latter. If you have a tabby cat his coat could be spotted, striped or marbled. Each type is as good as the other. Your cat has a spotted coat.

      However, your cat is not a California Spangled which is a spotted tabby coat. California Spangled cats are extremely rare. They have spotted tabby coats as do many other cats, both purebred and moggies. The spotted coat is a common coat type. I hope this helps and sorry to disappoint you.

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