Loving That Long Hair!
In the winter, one of the biggest trends in kitty fashion is long hair. This winter coat is not only fashionable but also functional. For cats living in colder climates, longer, thicker coats serve as insulation from the cold. Many also have oils in their hair that help to make their coat water resistant. If only humans could be so prepared for winter weather!
Which cat breeds are sporting lovely long winter coats? Here are just a few:
- Maine Coon
These gentle giants are native to the northeastern United States. Some people believe that they are part bobcat, others believe that they came from Persians or the Norweigan Forest Cat, but no one knows their true origin.
This breed goes all the way back to ancient times. It is believed to originate in the mountainous areas of modern day Iran. Despite the heat in the desert areas, the mountainous areas experience some very frigid temperatures.
As the name suggests, the Siberian cat breed is from Siberia. No one knows where the breed originated, but they probably traveled with immigrants to Russia. They have a long, dense, triple-layer coat to protect them from the harsh Russian winters.
- Norweigan Forest Cat
This is the official cat breed of Norway! They have been in the country since ancient times and are even found in Norse mythology. Two large blue Norweigan Forest Cats are said to pull the sleigh of Freya, the Norse goddess of fertility.
- Turkish Angora
These cats are considered a treasure in Turkey, their country of origin. Like the Persian cat breed, the Turkish Angora is from a mountainous area that can get quite cold. The Turkish Angora has the lightest coat of the breeds mentioned on this list. It is considered to be medium to long.
If your kitty has a long winter coat, make sure that you keep it properly groomed. Matting in the hair can be very painful and require a professional groomer to remove.
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