The choice between a long-haired or short-haired feline comes into play when selecting a new cat for you or your home. However, personal preference is an important factor when it comes to choosing a cat to buy.
If all you’ve ever wanted was a walking Star Trek Tribble or a stuffed-looking animal, you’ll never go wrong with a long-haired cat. Some cats can have a triple or double coat or fur while others have an undercoat, down, beneath the fur and closer to the skin.
Awn or guard, the longer, stiffer hairs on cats, are responsible for keeping a cat warm and dry, atop forming its color. All cats, whether long- or short- haired, have fur. Here three top long-haired cat breeds to consider:
The Best 3 Long-Coated Cat Breeds
Also referred to as the Persian Longhair, a Persian cat is graceful, elegant and gentle. The breed is most often differentiated by its unique head and remarkable coat. The Persian’s exceptional beauty, easy-going disposition, and kind temperaments have made it among the most popular feline breeds.
Although Persian’s basic temperaments haven’t changed much over time, the breed’s general appearance and conformation have changed significantly. Modern Persian cat breeds are stocky and medium to large-sized, with massive rumps, short and thick legs and unique cobby profiles.
They have large, round paws with tufted fur. The cat breed’s head is round, broad and often large for its body. Its ears are tiny and tufted. Persian’s also have big, round and expressive eyes in deep colors. Its pansy-like, open and flat face is perky with an upturned nose and short muzzle. The cat breed’s neck is thick, short and mane-like ruff.
Persians also have short, hairy tails. However, its facial and head attributes have been exaggerated over the years. The coat is silky, fine, dense, profuse and long. The undercoat is soft and thick with a longer coat of coarse guard hairs.
Persians require grooming daily (bathing, combing, and brushing) to protect the hairs from tangles. They shed all-year-round and must be kept indoors from outdoor parasites.
Maine Coons are large, with males averaging up to 18 pounds and females 16 pounds. Some weigh up to 20 pounds or more. The cat breed has long, fluffy coats and long, bushy tails. The large ears are adorned with ‘lynx tips’ and furry tufts. They also have tufted paw pads.
The cat breed is known as a ‘gentle giant’. It is outgoing, social and extroverted with a keen intellect. The cat has a kind disposition and a loving nature. It is easy to train, even how to walk on a leash and harness. Maine Coons are playful, affectionate and get along well with kids and other cats and pets such as dogs.
Ragdolls are large and affectionate. The cat breed loves cuddles. They go limp when cuddled with love, an attribute that contributed to its name. The big cat breed has females weighing as much as 12 pounds and males up to 20 pounds. Ragdolls are gentle, docile and relaxed with an even disposition.
The cats can be social, friendly and endearing if trained to be so from birth. They are welcoming and loving to strangers and people of all kinds and ages. They love attention and affection and thus make good pets for kids.
They are happy indoors and prefer calm environments. The cats love company, making perfect companions for a busy, modern home.
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