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I adopted a couple of brother kittens from the shelter about a year ago. They were identified as ferals by the shelter, and they're obviously domestic short hair kitties. However, they are very unusual-looking DSHs, and I can't help wondering if something a little more exotic got mixed into their gene pool. A friend of mine who has years of experience working with cat rescue and feral cat TNR also thinks they are unusual, so I trust that they are a little out of the ordinary for the local feral cat population. I guess it could just be the result of inbreeding, though. Anybody else care to speculate?

The tabby is Mickey, and the guy with the mask is Domino.
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Domino almost appears to be Egyptian.
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That's one possiblity I considered. It's possible, I suppose, although the Egyptian seems REALLY exotic for my small Missouri town!
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I like the fact that Domino has ear tufts as well which is quite unusual for a DSH! I would say that is a sign of pedigree in there somewhere. They are both gorgeous cats
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Mickey's got ear tufts, too, although they aren't very visible in my photo. The tufted ears might suggest Abyssinian genes, maybe? It's hard to tell in this picture, but Mickey looks very much like some of the pics of Abys I've seen, in terms of the general shape of his head and how his eyes and ears are positioned on his head.

They are handsome boys, aren't they?
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Mickey & Domino are both very handsome! The shape of their heads makes them look very regal!
I have a domestic short haired cat who has little ear tufts too.
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Thanks! Their refined heads and relatively large eyes and ears are what make them so unusual looking. And I love the ear tufts!
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By "Exotic" What do you mean?

If you mean wild cat hybrid then.... Do they have spots on their stomach?
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Sorry I wasn't clear. I just meant exotic in the sense of not your typical domestic short hair. I don't think they have any wild cat in them--they don't really have that appearance at all.
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