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post #1 of 13
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My kitty was found as a stray but I swear she acts like a bengal. I know that they aren't that common and to have a stray bengal is quite rare but do you think that Snickers is part bengal or just an unusual looking tabby?

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/P1140116.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/P1140115.jpg
post #2 of 13
Tabbies come in 4 different patterns, and I would say she is a tabby, but they arne' the best pics to judge - she looks slightly Bengalish on the first pic, but not hte second, but it is a bit far away to properly see her fur and markings.
post #3 of 13
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I'm not the best photographer in the world. And she's not the best subject either. And now that she is resting quietly on the chair my camera says that my battery is dead. How about these pics?

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/P1070110.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/P1070109.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/h...t/P1070108.jpg
post #4 of 13
Gorgeous tabby (but I am biased), but I would guess at a normal tabby, she seems to have some orange patches, which would probably make her a patched tabby, and I dont think that happens in Bengals.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by booktigger View Post
Gorgeous tabby (but I am biased), .
Thank you so much. I am quite partial to the tabbies too. I was just reading the description of bengals and it fit Snickers to the T. Even down to the fascination with running water. Oh well. I love her just the same .
post #6 of 13
Bengal s are still not in great numbers but anything is possible
post #7 of 13
I really don't see any "bengal" in her, but the color looks like she's a brown patched tabby. Brown tabbies have multiple shades in the coat and I can't tell for sure from the pictures, but it looks like that's what she is.
post #8 of 13
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I just remembered something! Duh! She has the little "M" on her head. The marking of a true tabby. Well, thanks for your input. I guess the thing that threw me off was her mascara line.
post #9 of 13
Most tabbies (including Bengals) have an M on their forehead although in the Bengal they're trying to breed away from the M and get straight lines going up the forehead like on the Asian Leopard Cat. Also most tabbies have a mascara line and a chin strap and some of the stripes breaking up into spots is not uncommon and spots on the belly are common in domestic short hair (aka moggie) tabby cats.

She looks like a patched tabby (i.e a tortie where rather than black mixed with red she's got brown tabby mixed with red tabby) and that's not a colour you'll find in bengals.

Also for examples on the belly bengals have a very clear colour with strong contrasty spots. They can go from having a white belly with the black spots (which is very desired) to being like Nikita is, she has a very rich red colour in her coat so her belly rather than being white is mango coloured:

A few of my photos so you can see some snapshots of a pet bengal rather than the show/breeding ones that tend to show up if you google for them.
http://svg.crowblanket.com/nikita/2008/jan/tough.jpg
http://svg.crowblanket.com/nikita/2008/jan/snooze.jpg
http://svg.crowblanket.com/nikita/2008/jan/spots.jpg
http://svg.crowblanket.com/nikita/2008/jan/throne.jpg
http://svg.crowblanket.com/nikita/2008/jan/spotted.jpg

A lot of bengals are paler than Nikita is (she's actually borderline too dark now to show as far as I understand) but then they have a paler more yellow golden tone to the coat that's very clear. There is a wide variety in the exact colour of these cats (and it changes in photos with the light as well). Also they are very muscular. They feel very solid, surprisingly heavy and filled with muscle when you pick them up, even the females. The coat is also very shiny, close lying and silky. The tip of the tail is always black in the brown coloured ones.

Snickers is gorgeous and unique and looks like a very happy and healthy cat I would love to see more photos of her. She looks adorable.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by zao_cat View Post
I just remembered something! Duh! She has the little "M" on her head. The marking of a true tabby. Well, thanks for your input. I guess the thing that threw me off was her mascara line.
I think the 'M' stands for 'meow'!
post #11 of 13
yeh, i'd say she was a Tabby aswel, as i have a Bengal.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
I really don't see any "bengal" in her, but the color looks like she's a brown patched tabby. Brown tabbies have multiple shades in the coat and I can't tell for sure from the pictures, but it looks like that's what she is.
I agree with goldenkitty - Snickers looks like a brown patched tabby and a beee-ooo-teeful one at that!
post #13 of 13
She's a pretty little tabby!
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