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Cats/kittens long hair vs short


My rescued female long haired cat was bred by a wandering neighborhood tom before we thought she was able to breed (surprise!!)  anyway I have been able to locate the tom and he is a moderately longhaired male while she is very long haired with the tufts from the ears.  What is the likelihood that her kittens (3) will be long haired.  I have interested parties in adoption but only if they are long haired.  Thanks!


There are 4 different alleles of the LH/SH gene and all LH alleles are recessive to the SH allele. It is just becoming clear how all this works, but there still seems to be lots of work to be done. The only paper published, so far, is very technical.

So, depending on the genetics of the medium haired tom, you could have all LH kittens, all SH kittens, or (most likely) a mix of both LH and SH kittens.

It is a bit of a crap shoot!!!!!!!!!

Let me know what you get in the litter.

Best regards... Norm.


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Norman Auspitz


I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.


I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.

Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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