Thursday, November 15, 2012

DANTE: WHAT YOU SEE ISN'T NECESSARILY WHAT YOU GET!

Maine Coons, like Dante, are classified as 'semi-longhair'.  I've often wondered about that because Dante is one of the floofiest cats around.

'Semi-longhair', to me, makes it sound like they are sort of longhaired, but not really.  I guess looking at one of my recent batch of pictures, it all became clear to me.

When you look at Dante from the back, he looks like many other cats, although his tail is rather huge.  This shorter, oilier coat is slicker and protects the Maine Coon cat in wet weather.  The water just runs off their back (like a duck).  I guess that makes it a kind of  'rain slicker'!




But turn around, and Dante goes 'poof' with the floof!  Does this look like a semi-longhaired cat to you?  Who would have guessed that the cat in the previous picture was hiding this massive coat underneath?  Once again, it's for protection, but this time against the cold.  The undercoat is silky soft.  Maine Coons originated in the State of Maine where the winters are frigid, but the breed has become one of the most popular the world oFUR.



I think we should take the "i" out of Maine and just call them "Mane Coons", don't you?  

It's definitely more uniFURSal!


11 comments:

Pretinha said...

Dante was born you prepared for winter, imagine you suffer a little with the heat of summer.

~*Connie*~ said...

'poof' with the floof! made me smile.

I do kinda prefer you don't take I out of Maine.. I kinda like it here ;)

Cat said...

Or maybe change semi-longhair to supremely-floofhair :-) We think Dante's mane is wonderful!!!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

dood...if yur furz be "semi long" we wood hate ta seez what de total lee long furz kitteh wood bee like...him wood knead ta bee like 80 bazillion feet tall huh....!!!

does ya looze yur mane like a norwegian forest kitteh doez; durin spring N summer !!

dai$y be part wegie...

Brian said...

Oh Dante, Sister Sascha sends you smoochies and so does her Mommy!!!

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Ohhh Rumblemum is so dumb! She should have had you mail it to her in Canada! But I guess it's hard to know if it would have arrived in time?

She's in Vancouver... I can't recall where you guys are? (be careful telling her or she might buy some Dante sized luggage!!)

Oui Oui said...

We certainly agree! And we think there is no "semi" about anything regarding Dante!

Marg said...

Dante, we are in love with you too no matter how long your furs are. Sounds like a Rumblemum might have ideas of a catnapping of one long fur cat. Love the pictures. Take care.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

"MANE" COONS! Great idea!

Katnip Lounge said...

Good COD! He's got 5 squillion floofs per square inch!

Cole Cat said...

Dante's Tail!! *SQUEEE* Mom says his tail looks just like Pia Bean's tail (but the rest of him most definitely does not!). "Mane" Coons sounds right! Purrs...from the crew at Colehauscats.com