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Old 03-11-2009, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Both Star and Lucky are gray and white cats. One thing I've noticed is that their white fur is softer than their gray fur. Have any of you who have a _________________ and white cat (fill in the blank with the color of your cat) ever noticed this, or am I the only one??
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Old 03-12-2009, 01:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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An interesting observation! I just went and pet my two tabby/whites. One is short hair and the other is long hair.

Pretty (DSH) I found to be smoother on her tabby fur. Her white fur, while it is soft, has more 'drag' when I pet my hand across it. My hand just slid over her tabby fur.
Shasta (DLH) is super-soft all over. Her fur is very fine and feels like an angora she is so soft. Both tabby and white felt the same, though it did appear her white fur would 'fly away' more than her tabby fur.
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Arianwen's fur is incredibly soft, too, but her tummy fur, which is cream-colored with some light grey hash-marks, is a tiny bit softer than the rest of her silver mackerel tabby coat.
She's a Siberian-ish DLH.
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Pretty (DSH) I found to be smoother on her tabby fur. Her white fur, while it is soft, has more 'drag' when I pet my hand across it. My hand just slid over her tabby fur.
Do you think that it could have been her tabby-ness that made her feel smoother to your hand?

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Shasta (DLH) is super-soft all over. Her fur is very fine and feels like an angora she is so soft. Both tabby and white felt the same, though it did appear her white fur would 'fly away' more than her tabby fur.
Lucky's fur is also very fine even though he's technically a DMH, though I think his fur got confused. And his white fur seemed to "fly away" as well. I measured the fur on his ruff and his tail and it's a whopping 3 inches long in comparison to rest of his fur which measured out to be 1 1/2 inches.

I wonder if fur color, markings and fur length play any role in whether or not certain fur feels softer than others?
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I've never noticed that, and I've got three multi-color cats. Speaking of gray-and-white cats though, I had a short-hair gray-and-white and his fur was incrediblythick and soft. I have no idea if that means anything in this case.
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I think it has more to do with individual genetics for that particular cat's hair type, like length of coat, straightness/curly of hairshaft and the differences between guardhairs, coat and undercoat, than anything to do with color or markings.

I measured Shasta's fur last year and her longest hairs were 5" over her ribs and tail. Her ruff, belly and pants are very long, too.

Here is a pic showing the agouti markings in Shasta's coat:


Here is Pretty's coat:

Here is Floofy, who is also long haired and very soft/smooth feeling:


Here is a pic of Squirrely-Jo, who is a DLH and her fur is not soft/smooth because of these wiry hairs in her undercoat:
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Interesting pics......nicely done.
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Holly's white hair is very soft and baby fine, more prone to be fly away and the majority of the mats she gets are in the white fur. The red is also very soft, but along her back and down her flanks are noticeably rougher, very long, guard hairs on the top of her coat. But if I separate the top layer off, the red hairs underneath are very soft, but not as fine as the white.
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