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Identifying mixed-breed cats....

  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
    DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago

    I love cats, and we have several, three of whom are "foster failures," because they stole our hearts and we adopted them ourselves.

    That said, I'm "pretty good" at identifying most cat breeds, but one of our "foster failures" is a beautiful little Siamese cross.  She has the blue eyes, the cream coat with fawn shading, but also a few odd markings...and a very beautiful fluffy tail.

    It is the tail that puzzles me--Siamese have a smooth, thin, tail.  Do any of you know of a breed marked something like a Siamese, but with a fluffy tail?  Or is she crossed with something much fluffier, such as a Ragdoll or Maine Coon?  (She's very tiny--was the runt of the litter, and will probably look like a kitten all her life, even though she's now a year and 4 months old.)

    This is the best photo I can find of her, with her buddy, "Jigsaw Puzzle," one of our "Orange Boys," who thinks he is uncle or big brother to the kittens.  She was younger in this photo, and her fur has darkened quite a bit over her back, and her "mask" has darkened as well since this photo--but it shows her tail very well.  (She seems very proud of her pretty, fluffy tail, and spends much time grooming it, and flaunts it often. LOL)


    1. Jamie Brock profile image95
      Jamie Brockposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I don't know a whole lot about the different breeds.. I have a friend who got two kittens from the same litter. One was a dark patchy fluffy one (Kissy) and the other (Herbert) was a fluffy Siamese looking one with the blue eyes. Now they are both several years old and the dark one is still fluffy and Herbert, the Siamese looking one has very short hair and is bigger than the other with a slender tail. It's interesting to see how much he changed and looks so much different than the other.

      Your cats are so cute! Love the photo smile

      1. Stacie L profile image88
        Stacie Lposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        One looks like an orange tabby/calico mix and other looks like a domestic/white and Blue Russian...but i need to see more of them.hats just MHO..wink

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
          DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Hi, Stacie L,

            Yes, the one is an orange "marble" tabby--complete with  heart pattern on his flank.  We named him "Jigsaw Puzzle," because that 's what his fur patterns looked like--at least a bit.  ;-)
            I'm not sure I I have a very much better photo ot the little one--she's quite uncooperative when she sees the camera.. LOL  Unless I catch her sleeping, and then she's all curled up, and you cannot see much anyway.   ;-)

  2. Ann1Az2 profile image60
    Ann1Az2posted 3 years ago

    What cute kitties! I believe the Himalayan which is marked like a Siamese, has a fluffy tail. Perhaps she is part Himalayan.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
      DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Hi, Ann1Az2,
      I wasn't sure if it was Himalayan or Burmese...and I could not recall if their tails were fluffy...
      Thanks very much.  We do know they came into our rescue group having been found dumped in a field as tiny kittens....(I'd like to get my hands on the kinds of people who would do that)..... So we do know that she "appears" to be part Siamese..but also part 'traveling salesman/saleslady' .. LOL
      She does have the beautiful blue eyes...as do her sister and brother.   We have the sister, who is more white, and like a flame-point, but with a stubby tail; my daughter adopted the male.  He is kind of more "lynx-point"  like a Siamese/tabby mix...

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I was going to suggest Himalayan, too - but I'm no expert on cats.  I do love them, though, and if you catch the heartless jerks who abandon kittens, let me know so I can have a whack at them, too.  I grew up on a farm, on a busy highway on the edge of a big city,  I can't count the litters of kittens we found and tried to rescue after they were dropped on the edge of the road near our property.  Some lived, but many did not - we had to feed them by hand, and if they were too small or had been left there too long before we found them, it was not easy to save them.  Many of them were too tiny to have their eyes open.

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
          DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Hi, Marcy,
            I'll go with the Himalayan...not that breed is that important to me, I was merely curious.  I love cats, I don't care if they're plain old rugged alley cats.
          I just wish I could save them all.  My husband says,  "If I ever catch anyone hurting an animal, they won't have to worry about waiting till the cops arrive...."

  3. Ann1Az2 profile image60
    Ann1Az2posted 3 years ago

    I just looked up both on Wikipedia and it appears that the Himalayan is the one with the fluffy tail. Burmese are more sable and smooth in appearance and have long, slender tails.

    I'd like to get my hands on a few that dumped kittens out where we used to live. I have two of my four cats who wondered up and adopted me. I love them, but good grief, why can't people get their animals fixed? In most areas, there are places that will do it fairly cheap - you don't have to take them to a vet. There are neuter and spade clinics all over the place.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
      DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks very much.   I know what you mean.  I am constantly passing that message around on FaceBook....

  4. catfish33 profile image81
    catfish33posted 3 years ago

    What beautiful cats you have!

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
      DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you.  Those are just 2 of our "babies." ;-) We have,, umm...  well.... just call us the 'crazy cat people.'  The count is at seven at this point....