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Look at this picture, what kind of cat is this?

post #1 of 19
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I ran across this picture and this cat has the exact, and I mean exact pattern that my neighbors feral cat has. It has what my neighbor calls a "traget" on its belly. Their cat is a little more greyish brown than this one but all the strips are the same. The cat is female, they just got her spayed but she had three kittens back in april, a black, an orange and one greyish with strips. I thought she was just a tabby but the strips are just so strange. Is she just a mix with a strange pattern? Let me know what you think.
post #2 of 19
I'm no expert, so someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but this kitty looks to me like a bengal. Did you find this pic online or did you take it? There are a few bengal breeders and lovers on here. I'm sure they could tell if it is, or if it just might be part bengal. They are very pretty cats!
post #3 of 19
that was my first thought too but not pure bengal maybe a bengal and tabby mix?
post #4 of 19
a bengal look alike or a cross perhaps is this your kid??
post #5 of 19
Probably a tabby mix of some kind. It would be difficult to say it was a Bengal without knowing it's parents. Perhaps call it a tabby with bengal coloration.

Katie
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
This is a picture I found that looks like the same cat. What is strange is the markings are the same. The female feral that lives next door passed it on to one of her kittens (that is now 8 months old). Same cirlce in the center. I just thought it was odd. I am thinking maybe somewhere down the line a bengal might have mated with a regular house cat and passed the gene. I also remember the momma cats brother a year ago when the were kittens wondering around the neighborhood. They called him tiger and someone adopted him as a house cat (he was only 8 weeks at the time). 4 months later he escaped the house and never returned. He had a similar pattern but more like strips. Hers are more like strips with a circle in the middle. Since she is feral it is hard for me to take pic of her, she runs so much.
post #7 of 19
Well..it's good that she is now spayed..so no more babies for her.

Katie
post #8 of 19
The pictures you found looks like a bengal. However this pattern is very common across breeds/moggies. Its called a classic tabby pattern (vs. mackeral tabby which is vertical stripes). The classic pattern can be found in many breeds (Maine Coons for long hair, American Shorthair for shorthair). Its usually denoted by a bulls-eye (not desired with a bengal which wants horizontal striping with no bulls-eye).

I would say the cat your neighbor has has this type of pattern which is very pretty but is a common gene cats carry. Its probably not related to a specific breed. You can call him a "Classic Tabby." My girl Autumn is what I call a "Mackeral Torbie" which means she has orangy patches (torbie) but has vertical striping which is one of the most common tabby patterns. Classics are one of my favorites of the striped patterns though .
post #9 of 19
The color/pattern is a marble tabby, which is a common pattern for cats. Without a pedigree the cat is only a DSH (domestic short hair).
I don't think it has bengal in it. I don't see spots on the belly, even if it did have spots , it still may not be crossed with a bengal since there are a lot of mixed breed cats that have spotted bellies. Bengals must have a spotted belly though.
post #10 of 19
Americans call it "classic tabby" and Europe usually calls it "marbled".

The color is very nice and rich with a bright contrast.
post #11 of 19
Looks like a Bengal kinda..I thought about the spots too.. Pretty!
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
Americans call it "classic tabby" and Europe usually calls it "marbled".

The color is very nice and rich with a bright contrast.
Your right, I referred to it as marble because that's what us bengal breeders call our "classic tabby" patterend cats, although our marble cats are different in that the pattern has a different sort of flow (horozontally flowing) to it and it should have no "bullseye" circle in the center. So, your more correct to call it a "classic tabby" pattern because it does not resemble accurately what a bengal marble pattern should be.
post #13 of 19
I guess you should think of "marbled" as a swirled type of pattern and the "classic" as the bullseye pattern. Am I right?
post #14 of 19
That sounds like a good description . Though I see a lot of marble bengals with a bullseye. It seems to be hard to get rid of. If they have a bullseye then they should be petted out.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
That sounds like a good description . Though I see a lot of marble bengals with a bullseye. It seems to be hard to get rid of. If they have a bullseye then they should be petted out.
True but when you look at cats with the classic pattern and you compare them with a marble there is so much of a difference! (well there should be anyway. Take for instance my marble-her pattern looks nothing like a classic tabby to me. I think the tri-coloring helps the pattern look distinct and different then the classic coloring/pattern as well though. The asian loepard cat should really have an influence in the pattern, if not, as you said they really should be petted out. With the ALC influence the pattern looks more ocelot like then classic tabby.
post #16 of 19
another pic
post #17 of 19
other side
post #18 of 19
See now thats nice horizontal flow . I still see a lot of marbles with a bullseye. It is from the American Shorthair isn't it? So it still has to be bred out.

Marbles are my fiances favorite. I think he will be hoping for one in the litter.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
See now thats nice horizontal flow . I still see a lot of marbles with a bullseye. It is from the American Shorthair isn't it? So it still has to be bred out.

Marbles are my fiances favorite. I think he will be hoping for one in the litter.
Yeah the 'swiss roll' type pattern is from the domestic. If it dosen't have the horozontal flow it means that there is not enough ALC influence on the pattern.
I prefer spotted but the marble has such a unique pattern. Im hoping to get some large rosetted spotted with horozontal flow by breeding her. I won't get marbles by breeding her to Luxor but I might with Harley.
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