Confusion about fur coats

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Purred: Tue May 15, '12 3:09pm PST 
My first two cats were not littermates, but their coat texture, weight, and shape were the same. Patricia has never had a problem with shedding excessively, but all year round Emily shed profusely. Sometimes I would see a big clump of fur on my hand while petting her. Emily also had a chronic vomiting habit that I never figured out, but it was not always hairballs. How could one of my cats shed a lot more than another with the same fur coat type?