and some people are going to be very jealous of the results of my inquiry. yes they are.
first off, i picked the wrong cat to label a maine coon ( see: http://akmed.livejournal.com/108384.html). it's not the Lady Chablis
it's more apparent now that her fur has grown in after her rescue and fixing and that she's moving out of kittenhood. when i posted her presidential campaign poster on catmacros someone pointed out that she might be part maine coon- and her huge paws, the shape of her skull, big old plume of a tail and large mane indicate such. she has a bit of an angora doll face and is probably a mix of things like most found cats but i have to admit now she does have more of the maine coon cat characteristics than the lady chablis.
the lady chablis- now here is where the interest and envy begin. while it is generally recognized that the maine coon , the siberian and the norwegian forest cats are all closely related there are some differences between them . it's virtually impossible to tell what an undocumented , non pure breed cat really is. the shelter had Chabby ( then princess fantasapurr) pegged as a " persian exotic" which she clearly is not. persian exotics are persians with shorter fur. her fur isn't short. she may be part persian but she has a highly unusual skull shape- it's rectangular with a wide space between the ears. when you look at her head on it gives a sort of feline cro magnon effect. here she is from behind:
she has the ear tufts, the ' fully furnished tail" shaped like a club, not a plume and her feet are huge. she's very doggy like in her behaviors. she sits at my feet with her head propped up on a toe, comes when she's called and follows me around. these are all traits of the SIBERIAN. here's a chart of the differences between the 3 related cats-her head shape is definitely siberian: http://solacefarm.com/Diffsib.html.
so i have a( partial) siberian- nah nah nah nah nah!