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How can you tell...

Angela GrahamAngela Graham San DiegoMember Posts: 1
edited 30 September, 2010 in Choosing the Right Cat
How can you tell if a cat is part or all Weegie? I am curious, because I was watching Cats 101 on Animal Planet, and I thought the Weegies they were showing have similar characteristics to my kitty. Just asking...my author pic is Hime, the kitty I'm asking about.

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  • Ani KiessAni Kiess Member Posts: 9
    edited 16 September, 2010
    Some people go by looks or behaviour, but, unless you know something about the cat's parentage or get genetic testing done, you can't really be sure. There are any number of genetic factors that contribute to a cat's appearance, so it's pretty easy to end up with a kitty that looks like an established breed by pure coincidence. Even things like hairlessness can be a complete fluke. XD Either way, she's a beautiful cat! Certainly a princess~ ;)
  • Marta GasperMarta Gasper FairburyMember Posts: 636
    edited 20 September, 2010
    What is a Weegie?..sorry for the ignorance
  • Marta GasperMarta Gasper FairburyMember Posts: 636
    edited 20 September, 2010
    What is a Weegie?..sorry for the ignorance
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
    edited 30 September, 2010
    A Wegie is a Norwegian Forest Cat. They look a lot like Maine Coons, and probably share some genetic heritage. Maine Coons are America's indigenous cat; there are naturally occurring MCs and then there are purebred MCs who were developed from naturally occurring ones. And then there are moggies who look a lot like MCs but also have non-MC characteristics. Himechan looks like an MC mix to me--with MC genetic heritage, but also generic moggy blood. This is actually a very complicated topic. Maine Coons and NFCs were originally naturally occurring cats, in Maine and in Norway. One theory has it that the cats who became MCs could have been brought over from Scandinavia by the Vikings (ships always have cats). Breeders who wanted to preserve these indiginous cats began to breed them, thus creating purebred MCs and purebred NFCs. While most MCs in the States are probably naturally occurring, as opposed to cats who have a purebred ancestor, as far as I know, most NFCs in the States are purebred. As Bumpurr explains, breeders usually require that a cat be desexed, so the chances of a cat being part NFC are not very high. Himechan doesn't look like a NFC to me--although I only know what cat show NFCs look like. As for Cats 101, which I've never seen because I live in Japan, some of the information it dispenses is inaccurate or even mistaken. Apparently the show on Maine Coons says that the "M" mark on a Maine Coon's forehead is a sure sign that a cat is a Maine Coon. That's downright false. The "M" mark is common to all tabby patterned cats (tabby is a pattern, not a breed), and while the stereotypical MC is a tabby and thus has an M on its forehead, MCs come in many solid colors (black, white, etc.), and have no tabby mark. A calico or a tortoiseshell may have no M, or an M only if there is a red patch on the forehead, because it's very hard to get a pure red that does not have tabby patterning for genetic reasons. So, don't believe in everything that show says. Also, cat breed personality descriptions are simply generalizations, and there are always exceptions to the accepted personality type of a certain breed. I have a bunch of purebred Maine Coons, and quite a few of them have personalities that do not fit the stereotype.
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 30 September, 2010
    Leila is right, the M on the forehead, is just a trait of a tabby cat. Smokey has the M on her forehead, she is a brown mack tabby, and definately, not a Maine Coon, her head structure does not look like a MC at all. As far as the Norweigans, they are a fairly new breed, only accepted in CFA in 1987, and not accepted into Championship until 1993, they are rare, and they are very expensive, ballpark $1500. Their breeders are beyond pickey, who they sell too, not at all implying other breeders aren't, the adoption application is like 12 pages long, and you pick out a kitten, from the picture, and send a deposit, that is, if you are accepted. They don't let them go until they are 12 weeks old. Was at one show, and the man benched next to me had a Norweigan, just beyond beautiful, he was from CA, flew in for the show, goes all over the US, and he paid, ALOT for that cat. He said on the West Coast, the cat pretty much, cannot be beat, but on the East Coast, not placing very high in the Finals, very nice man, and I learned something new that day. Miss talking show stuff with ya! :-h Here is a link on Norweigans, to add to Leila's info. http://www.cfa.org/breeds/profiles/norwegian.html :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
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