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Old 10-26-2012, 09:19 PM
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How can you tell the difference?

Would this be double coated or single coated?


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Old 10-26-2012, 09:31 PM
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A lot like you would with a dog. By pushing up their fur the opposite direction and looking to see if there are two distinct "layers". Sometimes in cats, those layers are different colors. For example, my short hair that is double coated is a tabby/calico, but his 2nd coat is solid orange.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:27 PM
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Hahaha oh goodness I didn't know cats could be double coated either.

My cat is a shorthair (but now I don't know what kind! lol) and he sheds like omgwhoa. Even though he's on raw. That made no difference. I just go over him with a Furminator like once a week and that helps the issue A LOT. Also stopped the hairballs.

I am kind of biased against long hair cats because all the ones I saw at work were gross and matted and stinky. Always needing to shave them. This is just not a concern with short hairs.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:42 PM
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Man, I have never heard of a matted cat. Usually they take care of that themselves. I bet that would be weird to see.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:54 PM
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Man, I have never heard of a matted cat. Usually they take care of that themselves. I bet that would be weird to see.
Ugh yes. It's mostly the super fat ones that physically can't clean themselves. Which unfortunately was a super common sight where I worked.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:30 AM
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June Bug sez: Longhaired cats are purdy, and when they're on high end fishy food and brushed regularly, they barely shed/mat, too!



(She DOES shed more than Finnegan, but far less than, say... Beauty. Ugh.)
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Morgan hardly ever sheds much, but the short haired cats do a bit.
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Ugh yes. It's mostly the super fat ones that physically can't clean themselves. Which unfortunately was a super common sight where I worked.
That's so sad. ): cats have way sensitive skin. Poor things.
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I know nothing about cat breeds either or how to pick a cat. If I went into a shelter I know I'd just pick one I thought was pretty. That's pretty bad... But I doubt I'd ever buy a purebred cat though. What kinds of traits are you looking for when you look at adopting a cat? Maybe the foster to adopt would be best.

I did not think about the dogs eating the poop. I am sure they would if given the chance. And they are small enough to fit in a covered litterbox too.
Don't do that until you're really comfortable with cats and have dealt with every personality under the sun. I'm at the point where if I were to get a cat, I would pick the one I thought was cutest and deal with the consequences of my actions later; but I'm not going to recommend it.

If I were you, I'd volunteer at a rescue or shelter and then try fostering a bit so you get used to different personalities and see what you like the best. I'm a sucker for the bitchy ones who like to scratch me, preferably medium or low-energy and long haired. Some people like active kitties, lazy ones, cuddlers, smart ones, etc. . . you never know until you try it.

And for the litterbox issue: there are magnetic collars and cat door combos you can get that will keep one animal out and another in. I knew two couples who lived in the same house with 8 cats, and they each kept the other couple's cats out of their room using the magnetic cat flaps. You could get the collars for the dogs to keep them out of the room with the box.
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