|Purred: Fri Feb 20, '09 12:21am PST |
|Well, since it's a natural trait, and will cure itself eventually, I'd just say you'll have to wait it out.
My first litter, Leila's kittens ("The Magnificent Seven") were my first experience with newborn and extremely young kittens. They're four months old now, and while they still have their kitten fuzz, finally the classic tabby boys are starting to show that they have rather nice markings (when they were born they were all just grey), and the colors of the tortie girls are becoming brighter. Eventually, Maine Coons should develop (as my adults all have) a coat that is described as "silky but shaggy." I'd always thought that MCs had rather coarse, lusterless hair, but my crew have very fine, soft, shiny fur that is shaggy where it should be--the neck, the stomach, and the britches on the hind legs. Harvey has the longest fur, and is still going to cat shows, so he gets a show bath regularly; I'm always amazed at how much brighter his gorgeous red fur is after a bath! Leila hasn't been bathed since she went for her stud appointment in August, and yet she doesn't look particularly ungroomed. Everybody expects Maine Coons to be long haired and shaggy, but mine have fur on the shortish side (sort of a medium length), which is considered an acceptable variation (the Number Three MC internationally last year with the CFA has a relatively short coat).
Anyway, back to kittens. You already know that kitten coats change to a great degree when they become adults. With my MCs, they went to being fluffballs to being long, sleek cats with silky fur that doesn't mat. Since my present kittens that I'm working on finding families still have their kitten fluff, I like to show prospective clients how silky and manageable their fur will become, and how the colors will deepen as they mature.
So...my advice is to be patient. What else can you do?
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