After scouring the net, I've found that there is a breed that goes through a molt season, and the coat description and general appearance are similar to my cat Dusty. We have no idea of her background since she found her way to our backyard wearing a collar, but no ID tag. It was apparent she had been living on her own for several weeks.
After reading several sites, I believe she carries many of the same characteristics of this breed. Believe me, having a pedigree is not important to me, but I was curious about some of her unusual characteristics, especially her fur texture and annual molt. Another unusual trait - she has never had a flea or ear mites, even though she goes outside during the day, and prior to us taking her in, she had lived several weeks or months on her own outside. Finally, my friends who are allergic to cats are not bothered by her. Strange.
Norwegian Forest Cathttp://www.catconnect.com/int/Portra..._norwegian.htm
The semilong-hair coat is constituted by a double fur: the thick undercoat that protects it from the cold, and the waterproof overcoat that prevents water from getting in contact with its skin. It is endowed with a thick and long mane cloaking its neck of wild charm, with close "plus-fours" on its hind legs, and with a long and fabulous flowing tail.At the arrival of the hot season, the Norwegian Cat incurs the molt: its whole overcoat begins to fall until only the thick tail remains to distinguish it from a normal shorthair cat.http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/norwegian.html
These lovely cats are really two for the price of one, they can differ so greatly in looks from summer to winter.
Some time in the spring they take off their â€œwinter underwear,â€ the downy undercoat that provides warmth, and the long non-tangling outer guardhairs that act as protection from rain and snow. The contrast can be quite extreme. The inner-ear hair that deflects the wind and snow (and can be three to four inches long, curving out and around the ear like flexible racing stripes) remains all year. The tail is always magnificent, being as much as twelve inches or more when fanned to its fullest. Perhaps the most impressive part of the coat is the mane. On a fully mature cat, i.e. one over five years of age and which is challenged by the most adverse cold weather, the mane is nothing less than spectacular. It is long, dense and very, very impressive! This, unfortunately, may disappear in the spring, but rest assured that it will begin to lengthen again as the days begin to shorten.http://www.acfacats.com/norwegian_fo...t_synopsis.htm
â€¦ The ruff in winter Is truly magnificent, exhibiting three separate sections: a short back of the neck ruff, side mutton chops, and a full frontal bib
. When feeling the coat, one should get the feeling of denseness especially on the tabbies. Solids, bi-colors, and tri-colors often have a softer coat.
The length of the coat is semi-long which means that it should not be as long as a Persian coat.â€¦ The Forest Cat appears almost shorthaired in the summer.
The undercoat drops in the spring, and the new undercoat starts growing in the fall. Indoor cats and outdoor cats have different coats. The outdoor cat develops a much more woolly undercoat than a cat that is kept inside, however the Norwegian Forest Cat is well suited to indoor life.