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Are long haired cats less cat oriented

post #1 of 10
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I get so envious when I see the pictures on here of two cats cuddling together. It seems like they're usually two short haired cats I'm about 1 month into the introduction of Aspen (2 1/2 year old female long hair - white with orange points, bluish/purplish eyes) into my home where Pumpkin, my 7 year old, orange and white short hair male already resides. They've never actually fought, although Aspen sometimes stalks and chases him and he just runs. I'm not completely sure if this is playing yet, but she took the stalking posture with me this morning as I was coming down the steps and I sure hope she was playing then.

She spends almost all her time on my back porch and seems either hesitant or uninterested in coming into my bedroom or my study where I read a lot of the time (and where Pumpkin is often curled up with me). Sometimes Pumpkin also spends time on a raised bed I have for him out on the screen porch, but I've never seen them sit close together (they have smelled noses and bottoms before).

Since the cats I usually see in pictures cuddled together seem to be short haired, do you all think or have you noticed that short haired cats have any more propensity to be cat-oriented than long haired ones? I don't know if hair length affects temperament but I thought it could since other things like color seem to.

Also, are cats intrinsically dominant/alpha or submissive or are these labels only relative depending on the other cats that are around?

Thanks in advance for your answers/opinions.
post #2 of 10
Longhair kittens cuddle more I think. It might be cause they have more hair and are less cold, so less cuddling. Rexes and sphynx are ALWAYS cuddling with each other

As far as dominate/submissive I think its a little of both - some natural, some depends on what other cats are around. Cats don't have a strict hiearchy like a dog pack would.
post #3 of 10
I think same sex cats are more apt to cuddle - 2 females (if they are getting along), though males more likely to play chasing games, wrestle, etc.... they're guys! But they may also sleep close to each other and wash each too.
post #4 of 10
Hmm - I think it's just much more likely amoung cats who either grew up together, or were introduced to each other at a fairly young age. My two Bengels cuddle, but they came from the same breeder and have known each other since Rajah's birth, which was when Lily was 6 weeks old. They're best buddies (and definitely not same sex LOL!) I also had a young cat, only about a year old, when I moved in with a roommate who had a kitten, and they took to each other quickly and would cuddle. But that's the only time I've had cuddling cats, and defenitely have not when introducing older cats to each other. Would be nice, but not so likely.
post #5 of 10
Ok another question along these lines (not sure how many on here could reply). But if you have 2 different breeds and have more then one cat of that breed, do your same breeds stick together?

I know that when the rexes were with other breeds, they tended to stick more together in playing, sleeping, etc.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
So I guess there are no hard and fast rules. I just started to wonder because my first set of cats were a brother and sister that I got when they were 6 weeks old and I only saw them cuddle once although they would lay down close to each other. He was a short haired brown tabby and she was a long-haired black cat. He was more cuddly in general, but that may have been because he was male. And, now with this new one also has long fur and is less cuddly than my current short haired one, but the short hair is a male as well, so maybe the difference is more gender related or just my bad luck where the girls are concerned.

Good news tonight though. I noticed Pumpkin looking like he was getting ready to stalk Aspen (in a playful way). Usually it's her stalking him and he would look like he didn't like it. I think he's finally realizing that she is trying to play. And, he usually won't play with interactive toys with me but he did a little tonight. First step playing together. . . . .next step cuddling. One can always hope. :-)

Sorry, I can't reply to the different breeds question because I've never had anything but mutt cats.
post #7 of 10
Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
do your same breeds stick together?
My 2 Somalis stick together. One of my domestics does not like the Somalis at all but has no problem with the other domestics.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hmm...cats are so complicated. Well, mine are no where near the same breed (don't even know what breed they are except DSH and DLH) but they seemed unusually friendly last night. Not cuddling, but playing together and each of them kinda following the other at different times, so I haven't lost hope of fulfilling my dream of cuddly kitties.
post #9 of 10
I have had 1 short-haired and 3 medium/long-haired kitties so far and none are of the same breed other than being of the feline family.

My short-haired boy (RB) wasn't much of a cuddler with our long-haired but he liked to cuddle up to us when it was cold.

Our current boy isn't much of a cuddler either (he will sometimes) except to my father. Our calico (the current eldest) will cuddle with the current youngster when she feels like it (she's at the age to where she hates being "mothered").
post #10 of 10
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I'm probably going to have to wait until winter to really see what they're going to do. I wouldn't want to cuddle either when it's 90 degress outside. In the winter I have my fire place on a lot and Bud and Pumpkin both used to love to lay in front of it, so we'll see if Aspen does the same. In order to lay in front of it they have to be somewhat close, so we'll see if they end up laying together.
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