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Idgie
Idgie  

Idgie
Idgie  
Hey,
My cat is having kittens (soon hopefully) and I was hoping you could tell me my cats breed, so when people ask me what breed when I ask if they want a kitten (I'm sure to ask only people I trust will care for it) I will be able to tell them, at the moment I haven't a clue. All I know is she's a mix breed, and I have no idea what breed her dam or sire are.

My cat (Idgie) is slightly smaller than medium size (but not small) she is a little small for her age but that is due to suspected maltreatment in her early life. She has short to medium length thick fur. Her coat is black with white socks on her hindlegs white toes on her fore legs, and white beneath her chin reaching to her chest. If you look at her from a distance you can see brown stripes that blend into her fur. She is quite lean (other than her preggo belly) tail is quite long, She has quite hazel eyes (beautiful) Her ears are about average, and her face is also average. (I say average as I've no idea how to explain, they seem like any other cats ears/face to me)

Would this be detailed enough to determine breed or would you need more information?

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Darcy,

Thank you for the pictures.

Idgie is a mixed breed cat.  She is a black domestic medium hair (neither long hair nor short hair). She appears to have medium foreign shorthair body which means she probably has Siamese or Abyssinian or one of the other foreign body type breeds behind her.

I hope this is helpful.

Best regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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