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maine coon kitten coloring question

post #1 of 11
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I'm thinking of buying a maine coon kitten from a breeder.
She called him a silver mac. I feel stupid asking, but is this short for mackerel?
He looks almost solid to me from the pics, with maybe faint darker stripes.
But he's only 3 weeks old now. How long does it take for stripes to really come out?
I'll attach a pic.
Any maine coon experts have ideas of what he'll look like as an adult?
He's very cute....

post #2 of 11
Mc or Mac is short for Mackerel.

I don't know how long it takes Maine Coons to develop the coat pattern, but my Oci had kitten fuzzies until 10-12 weeks old.

This website shows colours
http://www.mcbfa.org/mainecooncolors...rbrownmack.jpg
post #3 of 11
With longhairs, its sometimes harder to tell the stripes unless they really are dark. Silvers go thru some stages. If he's a light silver rather then the darker with blacker stripes, it may take longer to show.

What colors are the parents?

At 3 weeks, its hard to evaluate how he will look - you'd have to wait a few months to tell. Are you buying him for show or just as a pet?
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
With longhairs, its sometimes harder to tell the stripes unless they really are dark. Silvers go thru some stages. If he's a light silver rather then the darker with blacker stripes, it may take longer to show.

What colors are the parents?

At 3 weeks, its hard to evaluate how he will look - you'd have to wait a few months to tell. Are you buying him for show or just as a pet?
I don't see silver myself but that may change - I see blue instead! But that could just be the pic....

Based on the pic and IMHO - I'd say breeder or pet at the moment, the muzzle is not 90 degrees or square!
post #5 of 11
Was gonna mentione about the "blue" cast, but think its just the pictures - that's why I asked the color of the parents. If they are both silvers, of course the kit has to be silver

I've never really seen 3 week old MC's to evaluate them at this age - he may look better in a few months.


Demetri has gotten a more squarer look on his muzzle (side view) - compared him to Charlie at the same age
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
the father is blue and white and mother is brown mackerel.
it doesn't bother me if he's blue instead of silver, since he'd only be a pet, not a show cat.
stripes would be nice, cause I think they're pretty.
post #7 of 11
Then most likely a blue mac and yes, there should be stripes soon - you can already see the "M" on the forehead
post #8 of 11
I'm not sure about the color as most know I'm not quite the expert but that kitten is going to be precious!
post #9 of 11
With the colors of the parents it will be a blue mackeral/white. Blue stripes are not very dark.

Is this a registered breeder? Sounds a little backyard breeder if they don't know the color from that combination! What's the cattery name?
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
I found them on the Fancier's Breed Referral List. They say they're registered with CFA, CFF and TICA and I know they show their cats a lot.
She called the kitten silver/blue though he may be more blue.

I think I'll visit him in two weeks and by then he'll be older and I can really see his coloring and play with him and meet his parents.
post #11 of 11
If the parents are blue/white and brown tabby, no way can you have a blue-silver.

Can you pm with the url of where he is or give me the name of the breeder - I'll look them up for you and give you my opinion
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