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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

I'm new here and don't know much about "pure bred" cats, so I have a question for all of you experts.

My husband and I are currently fostering a young lady (thought to be about 6 mos. old). She's pure blue and just a tiny little thing. She looks like a domestic short hair, but the only thing is that her feet are TINY. I have 7 fosters at this time and some of them are kittens and they all have much bigger paws than this little one.

Does anyone know if this is a sign of her future size (as in dogs)?
or is there a specific breed that just has small feet and she may have some of that in her?

Any info or opinions would be wonderful.

Karen
post #2 of 23
she sounds like she is going to be a small kitty.
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
That's what I figured. I'd like to post on her site (for potential adopters) that she'll be small, but I wasn't really sure if small feet meant small cat.

Karen
post #4 of 23
I don't think paw size matters too much, I have seen big dogs with little feet, but at six monthes she is getting pretty close to being full grown. She will grow alittle more and then fill out but she shouldn't be a huge cat. How much does she weigh now?
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
She's probably at about 4 pounds. The other thing is that he bones are just tiny. Her little legs and feet are so tiny and delicate looking and her face has very small features, but she's got a nice size round body (and she's not overfed and is VERY active).

Karen
post #6 of 23
she will be alittle cat. our cats where all over 5 pounds at six monthes she will kitten size.
post #7 of 23
My Bengal, Simba has BIG feet, and I thought he would be a big cat. He just turned 8 months old, Christmas Day, and I am sad to say, he's really quite small. He's maybe 7 lb's max. He's a solid 7 lb's, but sadly, I don't even think he'll be the size of a normal cat. I know Bengal's are supposed to be fairly large. I also have a huge Siamese Cat, Shane, who has small feet. Shane is just short of 30 lb's, and he's not fat, (well, maybe he's a little, fat), but you'd never call him a fat cat. He's very tall, and has a very large body structure.
post #8 of 23
Well some cat breed have those small paws , like the Oriental Shorthair , Cornish Rex and a few other more . So maybe it is some kind of those mixbreed . Maybe you can show us a picture of your kitten so we can see her paws ? That would be good .
post #9 of 23
She sounds like she's Esper size. Esper would be around 4.5 pounds at most. She's kitten size. She has a small face and it's adorable when she curls up to go to sleep just like a little kitten.

At six months, kittens are just about at full size with a little growing to go and then they fill out.

Hmm....ok...I gotta go hug Esper. She loves cuddles which is a good thing. She's so ADORABLE!
post #10 of 23
Domestic Shorthair cats are full grown at 8 months. That's why some cats are 15 pounds at 8 months. Domestic Longhairs grow until they're 18 months old, so they gain the weight slower. Shorthaired cats are almost always smaller than their longhaired counterparts.

Your little girl is most likely going to be a small kitty, but you never know, my male DSH has the world's tiniest paws and he's 20 pounds. My other male Zeus is 11 pounds at 8 months. Zeus has the biggest paws out of all the cats that ever owned me!
post #11 of 23
More than likely, it'll be small... especially with fine boning.
I do need to dispell the fact that DSH's & DLH's are full grown by a certain time. Although in theory it sounds okay, just by the fact that you don't know the lineage behind any domestic means that you cannot predict just exactly when they will stop growing.

Generally, it's about a year or so (based upon my experience), but I've also had some that took a full 2 years to reach their final size.
post #12 of 23
Thread Starter 
Are any of you wonderful people out there willing to resize some pictures of her? I have some but I've had considerable failure resizing the pics to be small enough to post (despite help from many TCS people).

If you can help, PM me your e-mail address and I'll forward the pics

karen
post #13 of 23
You can send them to me at

ken@sandkats.com
post #14 of 23
Hope, I think it's a myth that bengals are supposed to be large. I think they are small-medium vs. medium-large. Toby also had large paws as a kitten, but he never really grew in to them. It has been noted that he has long toes. It's very funny how he grips things with them, like his mice.
post #15 of 23
Pics of Ally ...... For Karen
post #16 of 23
Ally #2
post #17 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by Lynx
Hope, I think it's a myth that bengals are supposed to be large. I think they are small-medium vs. medium-large. Toby also had large paws as a kitten, but he never really grew in to them. It has been noted that he has long toes. It's very funny how he grips things with them, like his mice.
Errrr Actually Breed Standards call for a Medium to Medium Large Cat, while it doesn't provide a weight range, so I guess it could be a subjective thing....
post #18 of 23
How cute
post #19 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by Imagyne
Errrr Actually Breed Standards call for a Medium to Medium Large Cat, while it doesn't provide a weight range, so I guess it could be a subjective thing....
The weight range for a Bengal male is between 10-18 pounds, with 10-14 pounds most common. Bengal females generally weigh between 7-12 pounds. While there are cases of Bengals attaining a weight of 20 or so pounds, these are exceptions. The breed standard calls for a medium to large cat.

Information from Leopard Haven
post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks Ken,

It's hard to tell how tiny she is from the pictures, but to let you all know, I have very small hands, so the one with my hand in the picture may be an indicator of her size.

It really doesn't matter that much. On the rescue site, I listed her as a small cat that will probably remain that way....most people who adopt from a rescue are not too picky and know that we cannot guarantee anything.

At least everyone got to see her cute little face. I just love this little girl!!

Karen
post #21 of 23
I know that the breed standard does specify for medium-large sized cats. I'm just saying that I myself have never seen one that I would call large. I may have a different idea of what a medium sized cat is however, because I've had some rather large/fat cats over the years. My boy is 13lbs and to me he's small. His mother was tiny and every bengal I've seen in cat shows not much larger. So perhaps saying that they are small-medium isn't quite right, but I wouldn't say medium-large either. Maybe that's what the breed standard says because that is the actual preference rather than the reality. Being a somewhat newer breed there is still a long way to go to attain total breed confirmation. I've also seen a lot of bengals with long thin tails rather than short thick ones, and equally kitties with large ears rather than the specified small. They wouldn't show as well, but there is no shortage of these cats at all within the breed.
post #22 of 23
Do you think Simba will get any bigger? Like I said, he just turned 8 months old. He is by no means a large cat, and I think you'd have to stretch it about to even call him medium. I think he's beautiful, but I'm a little disappointed in his size. I spent A LOT of money on him, and I'm sure his small size makes him of a lesser quality. I wouldn't give him up, though. I love him to pieces.
post #23 of 23
BengalCats would be the best person to ask, but I *think* Toby did a bit more growing after 8 months. At that point I think it's just a bit more growing and then filling out. I was disapointed at first that he wasn't large. But then I remembered how heavy my ex's cat was (23lbs) and how much it HURT when he stood on me, or how my leg would practically fall asleep when he lay in my lap. I think he knew he was heavy too, because he would jump on my bladder in the morning to get that outta-bed-fast reaction. Actually now as I'm rereading what I just wrote it makes me wonder why I've set myself for getting a Ragdoll next. Ah well, good things come in small packages!
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