With Maine Coon cats, the fur on their backside is much shorter than their undercoat. The shorter fur which has an oilier texture helps to deflect water and keeps them dry in wet conditions, and the longer fur helps to keep them warm in the cold. They are after all, a product of their harsh outdoor environment, and evolved to survive in the extremes of a Maine winter.
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With Maine Coons and Dante in particular, there's always a twist at the end of the tale.