by Isabel Calderon Bird
(San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Gatito since he was 7 month till now.
This is Gatito, my domestic unknown mix breed cat. He is now 2 1/2 years old and weighs 14.2 pounds and is still growing. We wonder from where he came, since we had no "furry cats" around... I think. Maybe you can help me find what heritage he has. The Vet told me he is too big to be a common Puerto Rican cat, as they are usually short haired and no more than 6-7 pounds.
The vet said he looked like an "American Cat", maybe some Main Coon grandpa. This his why I'm asking you to look at his photos and give me your opinion. My friends always asked what breed he is, and I said just a "streeter"... Oh no! this is a huge cat. Here in the island we do not see cats like this so often, so I guess parents may came from the US.
Look at the pictures . His scull (head) is almost 4.5" wide and 39" long from head to point of the tail. From the tip of his nose to the beginning of his tail he is 18.5" long. His body is long and bones are heavy. The Vet told me street cats usually do not develop "skin allergies do to the food"... but he do... well he is a delicate cat I guess. Now he eat only rice & turkey and his hair grow again!
He respond to his name and is very social and likes to be with us all the time. I say he is somehow as a dog because he welcome home me everyday when I got home. When he appear at home looked like a regular "street kitten". Then, started to grow very beautiful with a long "ringed" tail.
Gatito is extremely nice and playful, and loves his sister dog Roxy. He plays with her like another cat... and he pee in her training pad! My friends says all my pets have an "identity crisis", even the parrot barks like Roxy. I take my breakfast in my the terrace every morning. They all came to the door when they herd the keys.
I had never got a cat before... so I was surprised with his so nice personality. You can do whatever you want with him, take his whiskers, brush him, take it to a walk with a leash.... We thought Gatito would be only the cat from the yard! But he wanted to be adopted and did everything to make it happen.
Can you help telling me if you recognize any "breed" characteristic he may have? can you email me?????? please.