Is This Cat A Somali?
Is this cat a Somali?
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Hello, I think that Somali cat's are one of the most beautiful in the world. Unfortunately, Somali cats in Greece, where I live, it's very rare... I had found a semi-long hair cat looks like Somali, with beautiful eyes.
Her tail is more fluffy and black, like Somalis.
I don't know if she is mixed Somali or not. (sorry about my English) 😉
Hi Stenia.... It is very nice to hear from you in Greece. I really like to hear from people who live in parts of the world where the cat fancy is not as well established as in the UK, USA and Europe generally.
About your cat. The Somali is a purebred cat. I don't know much about your cat except for the way she looks in your photograph so it is hard to give a firm and clear answer. However if one is not sure that a cat is purebred or not it is probably not purebred.
Please see "What Breed Is My Cat?"
She looks like a Somali at a distance. Your photograph shows a cat that is a tabby cat with tabby marking only on the head and tail. There is white on the muzzle and the chin. The colour is dull but the photo was taken in the shade where there is a colder colour balance (blue shade).
I suppose it is possible that this is a purebred Somali cat if for example it belongs to someone else who has the papers (pedigree) to prove it.
However it is more likely to be a feral or semi-domestic cat. If this cat is a feral cat then it still might carry the genes that make up a Somali cat. A Somali is an Abyssinian with the long haired gene. And the origins of the Abyssinian are uncertain but the Abyssinian is thought to originate from somewhere around Ethiopia. That is not far from Greece and it is not impossible to suppose that Abyssinian type cats migrated (or were imported) to Greece and the recessive long hair mutation turned them into Somalis.
So in short this cat is probably a Somali look-a-like but not purebred because there is no pedigree. It may be a Somali mix but that would mean a purebred Somali crossed with another cat, say a random bred cat. This is turn probably means that there are probably purebred Somalis not far from you. I personally prefer the idea that this cat is a feral cat that looks like a Somali.
I would like you to leave a comment and tell us if this is a feral cat. Does she have a human companion? Are you going to adopt her?
Thanks again for visiting and please come back.
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