Originally Posted by emmylou
I've been wondering about that. Cats may be desert animals, but does that apply when we're talking about breeds that humans have artifically altered -- such as Maine Coons, Persians, Angoras -- to have longer hair than cats in nature?
If you take a breed like a Maine Coon and you put it in the Southern U.S. or the tropics, is that really a natural state of affairs that the cat's system can handle without fur trimming? Even if cats don't lose heat through the skin, the fur must insulate and keep them warmer... that's why Maine Coon coats developed the way they did.
Well- as evolution goes 100 years is nothing, so I doubt they have changed all that much physiologically.
Fur insulates against heat as well as against cold too, and especially since we are talking about indoor cats I don't think there is a problem. If you can stand it your cat is probably fine.
I would think body type has more to do with heat tolerance than coat, just like in dog breeds. Slender fine boned breeds cool themselves more efficiently than heavy boned cobby breeds, and breeds with no nose really suffer. Using that line of thinking Oriental breeds would fare much better than Persians, but I doubt anyone is going to run controlled studies on cats outdoors in the tropics, so as far as I know it's still a theory
I groom in South Florida and see all sorts of breeds that I don't feel belong here- Samoyeds, Huskies, Newfies, etc. You'd think they'd quit growing coat especially when they are kept outdoors but oddly enough they don't. I've seen just as heavily packed undercoats here as I ever saw grooming up north.
It's fascinating really.