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Could my cat be a bengal x

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hiya,

When I brought my kitten the owners didn't know his breed so they just classed him as a moggie, so thats what we have classed him as.

Someone from my horse forum showed us her bengal kitten and I thought my Billy looked rather like her.

This is the other girls kitten
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...er/bengal4.jpg

This is my billy boy, these are really recent pics
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...y/CIMG1382.jpg
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...y/CIMG1376.jpg
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...y/CIMG1369.jpg
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...MaxBilly14.jpg

This is him a month or so ago
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...lyLayedOut.jpg

This is him when we first got him
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...lly/Billy5.jpg
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...lly/Billy3.jpg

I'm really not sure, and as you guys know a bit more then me I thought you might know.

Thanks
LuLu x
post #2 of 24
hmm looks like a simple tabby to me, but i could be wrong. one of the bengel gals will be along sure i am sure. but he doesnt look like some of the bengels on here to me *shrugs*
post #3 of 24
Neither of the two cats look like Bengals to me but I really am no expert on Bengals. My Rocket (a moggy) looked like both of them as kitten.

We have some Bengal breeders here who will be able to let you know.
post #4 of 24
Neither look Bengal to me either.
post #5 of 24
They both look like lovely little moggies to me, but I am no expert, either. I have one that is supposed to be a bengal X, but I think the vet might have been trying to make her more attractive to a potential home. I guess he didn't realize we were keeping her. We got her out of the road after she was hit by a car.
post #6 of 24
IMO its just a mixed breed brown tabby - a nice color one, but not a bengal.
post #7 of 24
Don't think either are bengals, but adorable nonetheless!
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well I thought he was just a plain tabby cat but you know when you get ideas into your head and they don't go away. Well its like that.

I'll love him just as much if he was a moggie. He doesn't need to be a special breed.
post #9 of 24
He def is a real cutey! His expression says "Trouble!" I bet he is tons of fun...
post #10 of 24
nope just a lil moggie tabby. the first photo of the other cat looks some what like a ocicat in the face but not quite. definatly just a moggie. which horse forum are you on? PM me i'm in south east england as well!
post #11 of 24
I've asked about my kitten as well, and have gotten mixed opinions. Some say its possible, others say no. I'm no expert on Bengals, but I'd say your boy is beautiful either way.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by ocicat_steph View Post
nope just a lil moggie tabby. the first photo of the other cat looks some what like a ocicat in the face but not quite. definatly just a moggie. which horse forum are you on? PM me i'm in south east england as well!
I can't PM you. I'm not old enough

I belong to New Rider and Mistaken Identity. Which horse forum(s) do you belong to?

I also live in Bucks, where abouts do you live?
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by *LuLu* View Post
I can't PM you. I'm not old enough

I belong to New Rider and Mistaken Identity. Which horse forum(s) do you belong to?

I also live in Bucks, where abouts do you live?
i'm in tunbridge wells and the forum i'm on is called horseforums please come and join it's a great site. http://www.horseforums.co.uk/forum/
post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ocicat_steph View Post
i'm in tunbridge wells and the forum i'm on is called horseforums please come and join it's a great site. http://www.horseforums.co.uk/forum/
You could always come and join MI
http://www.perriessite.proboards57.com/index.cgi
post #15 of 24
anything is possible but I'd also say that both cats (even the one that is supposed to be "bengal")look like moggies to me. Very pretty though (as all cats are).
I have seen way too many cats at shelters that the shelter claims as "bengal" or bengal x and they probably didn't have an ounce of bengal blood in them. Any cat with a spot, or likes water, or plays like a dog now is incorrectly labeled as "bengal". ....sigh..... To make them more attractive to potential adopters.
Im mean really folks, how often do you see purebred bengals wandering your neighborhood? Most people have never seen a bengal in real life. When I take my bengals to petsmart most people are amazed and have never even herad of them let alone seen one in real life!
post #16 of 24
That is true - and I did a search on Petfinders for "ocicats" out of curiousity cause we want one....you should see how many so called spotted looking cats are claimed to be ocicats or crosses....amazing
post #17 of 24
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Bengalbabe -----> Im mean really folks, how often do you see purebred bengals wandering your neighborhood? Most people have never seen a bengal in real life. When I take my bengals to petsmart most people are amazed and have never even herad of them let alone seen one in real life![/quote]

You're right about that for sure ! I live in Malta and am nearly sure that they don't exist here.... I love their coat, they are like leopards of the savana
Would really love to see one though
post #18 of 24
so ocicats and bengals are the same or ?
post #19 of 24
No. Ocicats were created in the 1960's - from crosses of abysinnians, siamese, and american sh's. It was an unexpected thing. The daughter of the breeder said they looked like little ocelots "let's call them ocicats". Even today you get non-spotted kittens-ticked aby type and more swirled markings. The spotted ones are the only ones eligable for showing. Up until recently, ocicats were still allowed to outcross to the 3 breeds that created them.

Bengals are crosses with one of the wild cats - not sure which one was used (there are many bengal breeders here that can explain the history).

But ocicats only look "wild" - its all domestic cats involved compared to the crossing of wild and domestic with the bengals.
post #20 of 24
Thank you Goldenkitty, you do amaze me, u're really an expert, can you be my mummy ? joking, it's really nice to talk to people who are so kind and clever. Thank you
post #21 of 24
sure,....lol

But this is from showing cats for over 25 yrs, listening to breeders/judges, and tons of reading on the breeds. I went into the HHP judging program in ACFA - would have loved to have been a pedigree judge, but money was an issue.

I'm not up on some of the more recent breeds (like bengals, etc.) but I do know a lot about the established breeds. Fun thing is we ALL can learn new stuff from each other.

Right now we are looking into the ocicats to adopt in a few years (after losing our 15 yr old rex last week). So I'm reading about their history, personality, breeders, etc. to know more about them to be prepared when we get our own chocolate spotted boy
post #22 of 24
I'm sorry for Rex. Post some pics of the new boy when possible then
post #23 of 24
I think that if we had the $600 for the little chocolate ocicat boy at the show, we'd have taken him home. However, he is a show kitten and enjoys it - we don't have the time to do a lot of showing anymore; so we will be content to adopt an older retired show/breeder cat - but he HAS to be chocolate spotted - DH fell in love with the color and I've secretly wanted a chocolate ocicat for a long time (while showing my rexes).

But I've contacted a few breeders letting them know of what we want - when the time is right, we'll have one
post #24 of 24
bengals originated with the crossing of an ALC (Asian Leopard cat), a small, forest dwelling wild cat that looks like a leopard, and a domestic cat.. By the time a bengal is four generations away from the ALC, it only has 6% wild blood. Every generation after that the wild blood % is cut in 1/2. So many of our SBT cats have much less then 1% wild blood in them, although by looking at them you'd never know it!
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