|Purred: Sun Sep 7, '08 6:34pm PST |
|Well, Max, I took another look at your set of photographs. Although your ears are rather small and set far apart for a Maine Coon, this is not uncommon in MC kittens. To me, your weight, the length of your tail, your big feet, your almond shaped eyes (Persians and most moggies have round eyes), the shape of your face, and especially the squareness of your muzzle, all point to MC rather than Persian or pure old generic moggy heritage. I thought of the possibility of Norwegian Forest Cat because of your small ears, but somehow your facial configuration doesn't strike me as consistent with NFC heritage. Regarding Persians, aside from having round eyes and a less pronounced muzzle than Maine Coons or ordinary DLHs, Persians also have shorter, less flamboyant tails than MCs, and shorter bodies (a true MC has a very long torso).
I am interested in this topic because I exhibit MCs at shows, and one of the most challenging aspects of acquiring a new kitten is to be able to predict how it's going to develop as an adult cat (that is, whether it's champion material or not). I still haven't really developed my "kitten-reading" skills. I will say this, however--from my experience so far with looking at long haired kittens and how they develop, you're almost certain to become a VERY fluffy cat when you grow up--long haired cats get fluffier as they grow older. You're cute as a button now, but you're going to be a stunner when you grow up. So send in those pictures!
And, a word of advice: since you're still just a baby, have your Human get you used to being groomed with a metal comb and being bathed occasionally while you're still too young to know what's going on. Long haired cats cannot keep themselves looking their best all by themselves. And, if your owner isn't doing it already, getting you used to nail clipping early in life is another must.
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