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post #1 of 25
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This is Briana. Everytime I volunteer at the shelter, I stop to talk to her. Someone here has a picture of a cat that looks like Briana, except where she has gray markings their cat has orange. I think she is simply gorgeous & really want to bring her home, but I am pretty sure I would be in deep kitty poo if I did. I know that she is just a domestic long hair without papers or knowledge of her parentage, but I know she resembles a certain breed. It has been bugging me for weeks, so I finally decided to ask some input from everyone here.

http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?act...=0&tmpl=&stat=
She has a gray tail in addition to the gray marks by each ear.

What do you think?
post #2 of 25
I don't know much about breeds, but she looks a lot like a friends Maine Coon.

Her story is so sad
I can't believe they kept her for 7 years and then got rid of her because they got a new dog, and the dog didn't like her. I can't imagine someone choosing a new pet over one they had spent so much time with
post #3 of 25
She is beautiful and I hope she gets a great home she deserves it...

as for breed she looks like an angora or turkish van( someone with actul expertise please chime in)
post #4 of 25
Yah if I had to pick a breed.. The fur is a little long for a Turkish Van but its close and the muzzle is a little broad for a Turkish Angora so maybe a mix between the two :P . Definite van pattern though. If you wanted to pick a breed to help sell her I'd say Turkish Van is probably closer than an Angora...
post #5 of 25
Since you do not know her heritage...I would say your current listing is correct. You can say that she "looks" like a particuliar breed, but it can be misleading to call any cat that you do not know it's parents a purebred.

Katie
post #6 of 25
If she's also got a blue (gray) tail, her markings are known as "van". I think she's too mixed with different types to pick out one or two. She's not really "maine coon" or "turkish angora". I'd have to look at some pedigree Turkish Van cats and see if she resembles them.

But is is a mix and looks sweet. Hope she can find a home soon. Shame she is declawed - that's probably the main reason the dog and her didnt' get along - she has NO defense against the dog.
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by TNR1
Since you do not know her heritage...I would say your current listing is correct. You can say that she "looks" like a particuliar breed, but it can be misleading to call any cat that you do not know it's parents a purebred.

Katie
Thank-you for pointing that out. I wish more rescues and shelters would adhere to this advice.
post #8 of 25
That poor declawed baby! But yes, she does look something like a turkish van.
post #9 of 25
As others have said without papers she is a DLH but she's gorgeous. Such a shame that someone would declaw her
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
Yah if I had to pick a breed.. The fur is a little long for a Turkish Van but its close and the muzzle is a little broad for a Turkish Angora so maybe a mix between the two :P . Definite van pattern though. If you wanted to pick a breed to help sell her I'd say Turkish Van is probably closer than an Angora...
that's what i thought, too - definitely a van pattern.
post #11 of 25
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I think every cat listed at the shelter is a domestic lh, sh, or mh. I haven't seen any listed as purebred. A turkish van is what I was looking for. I was wondering about the pattern, not necessarily the breed.

Her story is a shame. I don't think they gave the dog & Briana much time to like each other. The worst part about her is that she has some "issues" because she was declawed. More people look at her because she is declawed, but she can be a real crab. If I was stuck in a cage with dozens of other cats around & no where to hide I would be a crab, too! She does know how to strike a pose, though!
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals
Thank-you for pointing that out. I wish more rescues and shelters would adhere to this advice.
Gaye has me trained pretty well. We have a couple of "siamese looking" kittens in our rescue. Mom is a tortie and we do not know whether dad had any siamese in him. So I tell people they are flame point DSHs.

Katie
post #13 of 25
One of my pet peeves with shelter/rescue places is the description they give the kitties. Since showing cats, I really don't like when people call their cats grey, orange, tan, flame point, etc.

I know most just call it what it looks like, but I try my best to educate the proper color descriptions. Hope this helps some of you for the future.

Orange, buff, ginger should be called RED (as in Red Mackeral Tabby, Red Classic Tabby)

Grey should be called BLUE (Solid Blue, Blue Tabby, Blue point)

Buff, tan should be called CREAM (bluecream, cream tabby, cream point)

Chocolate is chocolate - most call it correctly.

Orange, cream, black are TORTOISESHELLS - and their colors should be referred to as black, red, and cream. The dilute version is either BLUECREAM OR DILUTE TORTIE (blue, cream mixed).

Pointed colors on shorthairs should be called SEAL, CHOCOLATE, RED, CREAM, BLUE, or the tortie points if mixed or tabby points if tabbies.

On a longhair pointed, sometimes "flame" is substitued for red points.


I'd love to work at a shelter sometimes just to help them identify the correct colors on cats - seen so many "wrong colors" or "wrong types" of what the cats are.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
One of my pet peeves with shelter/rescue places is the description they give the kitties. Since showing cats, I really don't like when people call their cats grey, orange, tan, flame point, etc.

I know most just call it what it looks like, but I try my best to educate the proper color descriptions. Hope this helps some of you for the future.

Orange, buff, ginger should be called RED (as in Red Mackeral Tabby, Red Classic Tabby)

Grey should be called BLUE (Solid Blue, Blue Tabby, Blue point)

Buff, tan should be called CREAM (bluecream, cream tabby, cream point)

Chocolate is chocolate - most call it correctly.

Orange, cream, black are TORTOISESHELLS - and their colors should be referred to as black, red, and cream. The dilute version is either BLUECREAM OR DILUTE TORTIE (blue, cream mixed).

Pointed colors on shorthairs should be called SEAL, CHOCOLATE, RED, CREAM, BLUE, or the tortie points if mixed or tabby points if tabbies.

On a longhair pointed, sometimes "flame" is substitued for red points.


I'd love to work at a shelter sometimes just to help them identify the correct colors on cats - seen so many "wrong colors" or "wrong types" of what the cats are.
Oftentimes rescues and shelters do not have a cat breed/color expert. Also, be aware that the reason most shelters do mislabel colors is that people who are adopting do not come in saying "I'm looking for a Blue cat"...they say "I'm looking for a Gray cat"...so shelters/rescues are simply marketing to what the adoptor is looking for. You may want to offer your services to your local shelters.

Katie
post #15 of 25
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Gaye has me trained pretty well ...
LOL@Katie
post #16 of 25
I thought marked patches of color were calicos and an incoherent mix of all three is tortoiseshell.

Many shelters have a limited number of options on their computer apps. While I was in a local area shelter helping a friend look for her calico Japanese Bobtail mix, I pointed out that a dilute calico they had was marked as a regular calico. They said they didn't have the option in their systems. I imagine that if my friend's cat (who later returned on her own) was found, she would've been marked as a manx or a DSH with a stumpy tail.
post #17 of 25
Yes you are right. I didn't include EVERY combination. But torties are black/red/cream mixed. Calicos are basically a white cat with patches of black/red. A tortie with white is a tortoiseshell with some white (like paws, belly, face).

Then you have the "van" pattern with color only on the head, tail and a body spot or two - ideal van is just head and tail.
post #18 of 25
Whatever she is...she is gorgeous! And i hope someone recognizes that and takes her home soon. It breaks my heart to hear stories like that. I would have gotten rid of the "new" dog long before my friend for 7 years. Terrible.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Renny
Whatever she is...she is gorgeous! And i hope someone recognizes that and takes her home soon. It breaks my heart to hear stories like that. I would have gotten rid of the "new" dog long before my friend for 7 years. Terrible.
I would have ekpt them both. Eventually they work things out. Ours dogs & cats don't get along very well. When the cat is mad, the dogs run & hide. I call that an established pack! The dogs know the cats are higher in the pack than them!
post #20 of 25
She's definitly just a van DLH. Where are my beach friends, eh?????
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
She's definitly just a van DLH. Where are my beach friends, eh?????
Hi, Sam,

From what little they see and are told about this lovely lady, Samwise and Molly purr that she indeed shows signs of possibly having a Turkish Van somewhere in her family tree, but of course they cannot be sure. Without seeing her tail, and observing her overall coloration, the nature of her coat, body proportions, musculature, and such, they can only speculate.

In any event, they say that she is a beautiful lady. While they are very concerned about her fate, they are reluctant to ask, fearing what the answer might be.

Cheers,
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post #23 of 25
She is certainly van patterned. And, I would say that her lenght is appropriate, we would call her "devon" coated. Her muzzle shape isn't 100% to type, from the photo, I will say, though it is sometimes hard to tell. She should have a rounded whiskerpad, almost puffed out. I also haven't ever heard of a dilute Van, so she's probably not a purebred. However, if you like, I can email my breeder, she often puts up notice for "van-alikes" to have a chance to get adopted.

to see more Van cats go to the Swimming Cats Website, or look to my Ghibli for a sample.
post #24 of 25
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Briana went home last night! I was so very happy to see the young couple come & take her home. She bit them as they walked out the door, & they both laughed! It is like a match made in heaven & I know this time Briana will get the home she deserves!
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by white cat lover
Briana went home last night! I was so very happy to see the young couple come & take her home. She bit them as they walked out the door, & they both laughed! It is like a match made in heaven & I know this time Briana will get the home she deserves!
Great news!
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