after close examination of the lady chablis, particularly her rather odd raccoon tail and her huge freakin feet and the wide spacing of her ears, i've come to a startling conclusion:
she could very well be at least partially a...
MAINE COON CAT.
[insert dramatic 'dat dah Dahhhh!' music}
it certainly would explain some of her rather un-persian looks( they called her a ' persian exotic' not a 'persian' at the shelter) and rather doggy-like behaviors that include sitting at my feet all the time and sleeping with her head propped on one of my feet or on my boots whether i have them on or off.
she s definitely a tortie- although rather more brown and black on top she does have orange splotchies with tiger stripes in them- and there are several other breeds of cat that share maine coon characteristics ( like norwegian forest cats and the siberian cat ) so it's fairly impossible to state she's definitely a maine coon without a pedigree. her coat isn't typical maine coon- it's more persian because they tend to mat up whereas the former does not. that tail is definitely not persian- that, damn it, is a raccoon tail and real persian ladies don't have giant big old donkey cat snow shoe feet.
i think i'm gonna swoon and have vapours....