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Slowly Maturing Breeds

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Thread Starter 
I have a question on the growth patterns of slowly maturing breeds.

Smudge, as you may know, is a Ragdoll and we hear he will reach his full growth at about 4 years. He will be 2 on Sunday.

So recently, he hasn't really seemed to gain any weight (maybe even lost a 1/2 or 1 pound???) but he seems to be getting really leggy. I know my kids sorta do this - grow out, then UP. Do cats grow in that same pattern? (He's incredibly hyper, so I think that may account for losing a bit of weight.)

post #2 of 6
I think so, with Charlie his legs got longer and he's working on filling out the body now - will be 2 yrs in August. Oci's can take up to 2 yrs to fully mature.

Between the ages of 9 months and 14 months he was "out of it" - still finalled but as he ages, he's getting more finals and doing better in the shows.
post #3 of 6
I know some of my cats went through a "gangly" stage, but even more than that my dog, Chewbacca, did!

He was a very cute fluffy puppy, then one day he was this tall, skinny, oh-my-goodness-what-did-I-adopt thing.

He eventually did fill out and now tops the scales over 100 pounds.

I love your Smudge... one day I would like to be owned by a Ragamuffin (or Ragdoll). One day :bluewink:
post #4 of 6
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Thanks for the reassurance - I just realized I've only had a kitten once before, and she was a petite little thing. I was a little worried about the weight loss since that was first Smudge's initial symptom of FIP.
post #5 of 6
Maybe you should take him to the vet then? Just to make sure everything is okay.
post #6 of 6
I think that as a whole, Long-hairs mature more slowly than short-hairs. I imagine much of it has to do with growing their coats
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