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I have two kittens, 4 months and 3 months. One is domestic long hair I think... The other has shorter hair but I was wondering if he is considered medium. What is the difference between long and medium? Here is a picture of them both. Is the black and white cat medium or short hair?
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The kitty in the front will be a short-haired one. You can tell if a kitty will be a long hair or not by it's ear turf.

In cat fancy world there is no such term as "medium hair". A cat is in either long hair group or short hair group. When we add medium hair in casual occasions, the ONLY long haired cats are persians (and himmies). All other long haired cats are medium hair. Hope I'm not confusing you :D
 

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I wish you could have seen my first cat Rookie's stomach hair almost reaching the ground! I don't think anyone would have called her a medium hair. :)
Rookie is pretty, and very fluffy, but I think her hair is about the same length as my Meatball. And you should meet my (passed) RomRom, a Persian. His hair is reaaaaaally long... Not only tummy, everywhere. It's a pain to groom him. My aunt was a Persian breeder so I met lots of Persians. I have to say, no cat can compete with Persians in the department of hair length :)

Here are some long haired Persians. But I think they are trimmed. My aunt's breeding kings have hair a lot longer than that.
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PS: My Metoo also has very long tummy hair, almost touching ground. Her hair on other part of body are not as long as Meatball though. I have to trim her tummy hair from time to time...
 

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Dealing with that long hair can be a pain, that's for sure. I brushed Rookie (RIP) every day, but she always ended up with big mats under her armpit area and on the back of her legs. I got her shaved with a lion cut a couple times, which involved sedation, which involved not feeding her after midnight the previous night . . . which of course, isn't easy for a cat-mom to withhold food and water. :-(
 

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So my longer haired kitten has furr in her ears. Is she a long hair?


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They all have some fur in their ears; it's just a matter of how long it is. If you look at Murphy in my signature, you can see it . . . but he's a short-hair, and the ear fur isn't very long.
 

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So my longer haired kitten has furr in her ears. Is she a long hair?
As mentioned above, cats all have ear turf (except Sphynx the hairless cats). What matters is the length. Your younger kitty's ear turf is a lot shorter than the medium hair one.

PS: I always wonder, since ear turf's function is to prevent foreign matters getting into the ear, does that mean ears of short hair cats are easier to get dirty than long hair ones?

Dealing with that long hair can be a pain, that's for sure.
It is too much pain to brush a Persian. Not only the hair is long, it also tends to matt. For this reason alone I always discourage ppl getting a Persian. Their fur is pretty but not worth the amount of work IMO :/
 
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