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 Post subject: What is he ??
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:06 pm 
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My mum's cat Basil came to us via an animal shelter. We know very little about his background, apart from the fact that he and another cat, that now belongs to my brother were rescued from the same house.

We initially were told that he was in some way/to some degree a Maine Coon and his love of eating Maine Coon food seemed to back that up, but other people have pointed out that he almost certainly doesn't have any Maine Coon in him. It has been suggested that he might be part Turkish Van and part persian.

He seems to have only a single length coat, which is long and very soft, he quite likes water and seemingly loves getting filthy in the ditches around my mum's house. He is huge, in a way that people can't believe a cat can be that big. I call him Baby Horse.

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Here his is with a 12" / 30 cm ruler to give a bit of scale.

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When do they go home ?


In one way, it isn't important what breeds are mixed up in there - he has a lovely nature and we love him to bits, but I always curious to know what his background is.

Has anyone seen a cat like this /can anyone give some ideas as to what he might be ( apart from a "Flump" - Fluffy Lump :-) ) ?


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 Post subject: Re: What is he ??
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:43 pm 
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He looks like a big softy :wink:

His markings remind me of a Turkish Van but that long coat reminds me more of a Siberian
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 Post subject: Re: What is he ??
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:50 pm 
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Maine coon's generally have huge furry paws wgich that 1 doesn't seem to have. Im no expert but i would say no but thats not too say it doesn't just my opinion


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 Post subject: Re: What is he ??
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:51 pm 
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I had a monstrous black and white stray find me. He was 30" from his head to the tip of his tail. He had the longest fur and a thick, fluffy tail. But he was just a domestic cat, even though I wanted him to be a Maine Coon, he had no characteristics of any breed of cat. I didn't know there was food specifically for a Maine Coon, however. Your kitty is beautiful and may have many different types of cat in him. The cat breed goes back thousands of years -- and nobody really knows unless there is a pedigree. Your bengal is beautiful as well.


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 Post subject: Re: What is he ??
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:28 pm 
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Gorgeous cat and I can understand why you are curious.

Not sure about Main Coon because he doesn't appear to have the 'tufts' on his ears that this breed has.

He could be some sort of cross though.

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 Post subject: Re: What is he ??
PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:12 am 
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Rseymour88 - He does have big, furry paws, but I agree that I don't think he is part Maine Coon - that was a mis-identification

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He looks like a big softy
Spot on - he has the most gentle nature of any cat I have ever met - he is physically and in behaviour a total softy.

Here are another couple of pictures, one of him and one of Misty - she was rescued from the same house, which we got some suggestion of them being back yard breeders. He is older than her by a few months, but we think that they *may* share a common parent.

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Aged 5 or 6 months


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Misty - she really is barrel-shaped, with much smaller legs.


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 Post subject: Re: What is he ??
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:46 pm 
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I'll tell you what he is - a beauty, that's what!


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 Post subject: Re: What is he ??
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My Korean vet would say, "He's a Korean domestic long hair."

A nice way of saying: mixed. They're the best!


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 Post subject: Re: What is he ??
PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:37 am 
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He is gorgeous!


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