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Is he long or shorthaired?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hello!
Can anyone help me figure out what kind of fur this kitten will have-- long, medium, short?

I rescued this stray/feral kitten. I've added some current photos (10 weeks old). He is much fluffier/fuzzier than the short haired kittens I have known, and his fur stands away from his body, but it's not extremely long.








More photos (click on links):

One Here

Another Here

and this one is from when he was about 6 weeks old.
post #2 of 13
Hmm, I don't think he's longhaired but he could be medium haired. For comparison, I have two longhaired kittens and one medium haired kitten. Here they are at around 10 weeks old:

Here are the two that are longhaired:





And this one we thought would be longhaired like her sister but is turning out to be medium haired:

post #3 of 13
He looks short haired to me. I don't think he is medium haired, or long haired.
He'd have a fluffy tail if he was.
post #4 of 13
Being so young it is hard to tell. My kitty Links is medium haired, and his coat is getting more and more like a Ragdoll. His tail is getting fluffier and fluffier. He is now 18weeks old. I think your kitty could end up Medium haired, just going by its neck, but it's tail looks like it will remain a shorthaired. You won't know until it's much older, and has it's adult coat.
post #5 of 13
I agree he's still too young to be sure, but willing to bet he will be semi-longhair or longhair. He looks more Maine Coonish IMO and they take a LONG time to develop coats. I've seen some younger Maine Coons that barely had a ruff and only a slightly fluffy tail - enough to know they will have longhair but hard to tell

To be on the safe side, start a regular grooming routine with combs so if he turnes out to have longer hair you won't have a grooming problem when he's older
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
To be on the safe side, start a regular grooming routine with combs so if he turnes out to have longer hair you won't have a grooming problem when he's older
Ooh, good advice Goldenkitty-- I hadn't thought of that! I will start combing him regularly to make sure he is used to it. He's already been bathed because when I first rescued him he was lying in the litterbox a lot and got clumping litter stuck in his fur, but I only brushed him a few times (after bathing).
post #7 of 13
I think he's going to be a short hair but you cant really tell yet! I always think my kitties are going to be longhaired because they are so poofy when they are babies and then they end up having short hair! I like the long hair! Its so cute!!

He's beautiful, Good luck to you! Keep us posted!
post #8 of 13
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I think he's going to be a short hair but you cant really tell yet! I always think my kitties are going to be longhaired because they are so poofy when they are babies and then they end up having short hair! I like the long hair! Its so cute!!

He's beautiful, Good luck to you! Keep us posted!
As a child I really wanted a long haired cat. I got a kitten from a girl who had a long haired cat that had kittens. The girl kept telling me the kitten will get long hair eventually. So I kept waiting and hoping my kitten would get long hair but she never did. When that cat grew up she would have her own kittens, and some of those were long haired, so she did carry the long hair gene.
I don't think this kitten is going to get long hair either. By the way now I have two long haired cats, and it's so hard to keep that hair brushed, that now I wish I had short haired cats.
post #9 of 13
I had two barn kittens that fooled me. One had shorter/plushy hair and wound up longhair but to look at her you would not have guessed it (calico) and she was 4-6 months old before getting longer hair.

Another kitten was kinda fluffy looking for the first few months - thinking "oh that one will be a long hair" - turned out to be a shorthair when grown!

You never know with those mixed breed cats .....
post #10 of 13
I think he looks like a plush shorthair.
post #11 of 13
He looks short haired to me. Long and semi long hairs usually have a bushy tail, even when the hair on the body is shorter.
post #12 of 13
I would say he' shorthaired. what a cutie. my Miagi has fur like that but his hair isn't long, he just has a fluffy belly. Tiger is medium haired, though. he has a fluffy belly also.
post #13 of 13
I agree, it's really hard to tell at such a young age. I think he looks like a medium hair, but he could just be a fluffy short-haired kitty.

However, my mom adopted a cat at a shelter that had what looked to be short/medium length hair and a little bit of a fluffy tail, but when she turned about a year old she suddenly poofed out. Now she looks like a full-blown persian! She even has a flat-ish face. :P It was SO weird!

Then again, we lived in Florida at the time, so I think she just took her longer to develope the full coat because of all the heat down there. now that she lives with my mom in NC she looks like a miniature sheep in the winter, ROFL!
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