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Short Hair or Long Hair? Which Cat Breeds Do You Prefer?

For me, a short-haired cat is the way to go, mostly because of grooming issues. What about you?

 |  Apr 11th 2013  |   47 Contributions


There are many breeds of cat. Each one is unique and beautiful in its own way.

Cats come in black, white, gray, orange, yellow, buff, and sometimes a combination of all of these colors. Most people, including myself, don’t have a preference to color. In fact, it’s very nice to have a combination of different colors and designs mingling throughout the coat of a cat.

However, I find that most people do have a preference in the length of fur that their cats have. Some people love short-haired cats and others are passionate about long-haired cats. So, this got me thinking. Which length of fur do people prefer most? Are you a short-haired or a long-haired cat lover?

In my kitty family, all of my cats have short hair. They all originate from the same lineage of short-haired yellow or grey tabbies. They all came into my life as feral cats at around the same time period. Since they chose me, there was no say in the matter on my part about the color or length of fur they had.

Only one of the cats, Itty Bitty, had a really thick coat. But, I wouldn’t call him a long-haired cat. He was more of a plush kitty with a thick coat and hair that stuck up around his head like the mane on a lion.

Though I didn’t have a choice in the matter, I’m very pleased that they’re short-haired. The short-haired cats need far less grooming, and the fur doesn’t get matted easily. Only one of my cats, Momma Kitty, had a mat issue last year. Her mats were mostly on her back, an area she couldn’t easily reach due to her girth.

Also, I find that the short-haired cats seem to shed far less than the long-haired cats. I may be wrong in this statement, but the amount of fur left behind in their cat beds seems to indicate less shedding. I also seem to have fewer issues with my allergies when I’m around short-haired cats. (I know that the dander from a cat causes the allergic reactions and not the length of their fur, but you can’t tell that to my allergies.)

Now, I’ll admit that it’s a beautiful site to see a freshly groomed long-haired cat. The fur looks so thick and luxurious, like something you’d see on a shampoo commercial. The fur flows from the cat's body in a wonderful motion, and it feels so very thick and soft when you pet and cuddle the cat. Such flowing hair makes Fabio jealous with envy.

If I was forced to pick between a short-haired cat and a long-haired cat, I’d still have to choose the short-haired cat. Maybe it’s just my laziness -- yes, it is just my laziness. Sorry to let down my long-haired kitty friends, but that's the way I am.

What about you? Do you prefer short-haired or long-haired cats? Let me know in the comments!

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