Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Feb 20 - 2007

What is the difference betwen cat fur and cat hair? And what cat fur do humans have?

Some people do wonder and ask themself such a question. For the cats it's clear as water. There is no difference. Another thing is all the patterns a cats fur can have. Some cats have patterns and colours so visible you can see the cat from long distance and everywhere. Others have patterns and colours that sometimes make them invisible out in the nature. In their natural habitats. Some years ago, when we had Plysj, a Manx with Tail. Yes, they can be a real Manx, but not think about if you want a Champion. We don't have cats to be strictly after some measurements. We have Cats because we find Cats extrodinary animals, and they do us well.

Back to Plysj. I took some pictures of her and early spring. If you can see her, you may notice how well she merge into the nature. If you did not know it really was a cat there, you would not have seen her.

I picket up some information from this site:

About Manx:
Awn Hairs
There are several different definitions of awn hairs, depending on the breed of cat, but awn hairs usually form the basic coat. In some breeds, the (finer) awn hairs may be the same length as the guard hairs, while in other breeds, such as the Manx, the guard hairs are longer.

What cat fur do Humans have? You too =^.^=
  • Vellus
    Sparse, baby-fine hairs, such as those found on the Sphynx cat. (Humans also have vellus on all but a few body parts. Cats on Tuesday do not speculate in which bodyparts. Ask your doctor or hairdresser if in doubt)
  • Curly Hair vs Straight Hair
    As in humans, curly hair in cats has flattened shafts while straight hair has round shafts.

About Plysj:
She was our first cat. We had talked about it for years, but we did not live in a place, nor did we had trustworthy catsitters, to have cats before. When we in 1988 moved to a much larger appartement, the time was come. Anna took it in her own hands, and one day I came home from work, she was their with a collegue and her friend, a vet.
- Tor, you know what? We have a Cat. Shhh, come and have a look. It's a real Manx.
- A what, I said.
- A Manx
- I thought you said we've got a Cat
- Yes, a Manx Cat
The Vet said: But she got a tail, so it's not a champion...
- A Tail???
- To become, eventually a champ, it must be a Stumpy or Rumpy...

As a result, I became very curious, but it was not until the age of Internet, I got the answers:

The Manx is a very playful cat as a rule. They can jump higher than anyone could imagine, and it is not unusual to find them perching on the highest point in any room. They have extremely powerful hind quarters. It has been stated by one Manx owner that “Manx are the feline sport cars of the car world with their acceleration and quick turns.” Manx exhibit many dog-like characteristics such as retrieving and burying their toys. They will either be known as a “one person cat” or the “family cat.”
Since the Manx (or tailless) gene is dominant, kittens that inherit it can have a full tail, a short tail, a rise (known as a “rumpy riser”), or no tail (“stumpies”) at all. Breeders have found that it is possible to have all these tail lengths in one litter! Only the stumpy or the rumpy riser are eligible for competition in the championship category at CFA shows.

We had her for 6 years. Got killed by a Car. Before we knew, I searched for her in two months - from early October to early December. In the whole district around our Summerhouse. Before the Telephone. A man told me what had happend. I was in a business dinner. Felt some tears. People around me understood my feelings.

That's all folks. Do as the old Egyptian: Let the Cats rule.

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Blogger Gattina said...

It started so interesting and ended so sadly ! She really was a beautiful cat and what a fur pattern ! I only could see her on the tree when I made the picture bigger. I personally prefer Manx with a tail, otherwise what else would hang in my soup ? or to be pulled at ? and with what they would strike over your face and make you sneeze. No, definitively I prefer cats with tails.
A few years ago people with cats who had especially beautiful furs had to be very watchful because they were stolen for their fur to make hats, scarfs and fur decorations. Isn't that awful ?

February 20, 2007 4:02 am  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

When I was a child I had a ginger cat, Sandy. Then later we had a tortoiseshell cat Pandy. Pandy had kittens Sandy, Randy, and Dandy. No cats here now, but I have 2 grandkitties, JoJo and Leon. One day I'll blog-post about them.

February 20, 2007 4:13 am  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

I always wanted a Manx, we have five cats right now, all varying types of regular domestics, two long haired, three short. I have had Siamese in the past, they have been my favorite. Yet the ones we have now have been with me for differing years, the oldest is almost 17, all "found" me. It seems as if every time I think about getting a kitten one finds me.

I'm sorry she was killed by a car, I know how devistated I've felt when I've lost one of my special pets. I still cry when I think of my manchester terrier, Draco, and my Siamese, Ninja, who while both died much older, still hurt.


February 20, 2007 4:32 am  
Blogger Obsidian Kitten said...

What incredible pictures of your Plysj! She is absolutely gorgeous, and what a camoflage she wears. I'm sorry you lost her (Copernicus, who I posted pictures of today, was also killed by a car--I was SO sad!)

Reading about the hair was very interesting. We have five llamas and unlike sheep, they do not have wool, but hollow hairs, like humans. Most llamas also have longer guard hairs (which are straighter and thicker) and shorter, softer hairs underneath.

I didn't realize that many cats are also similarly "double-coated"--but now that you mention it I realize that i have noticed that. So interesting! I suppose that's how they can keep so warm in very cold weather--and of course they grow thicker coats if they are outside in cold climates as well. I imagine the guard hairs probably trap a layer of air that serves as insulation around the inner layer of fur.

Thanks for such an intersting post, and the wonderful pictures!

February 20, 2007 6:34 am  
Blogger marianne said...

what a beautiful cat! amazing how she almost disappears in the tree. it's so hard to lose them - it sounds like she gave you some very good years. thanks for the very informative post!

February 20, 2007 7:22 am  
Blogger Caylynn said...

She was a gorgeous cat! And blends so well into the tree.

So sad that she was hit by a car. :( That's one of the reasons all our cats have been indoor cats.

Interesting that Manx can have tails (non-show-quality Manx). Some Sphynx have hair too, but again, they can't be shown. My Sphynx, Dragonheart, has fur on the bridge of his nose and on his ears, and then a few sparse hairs on his tail and paws.

I enjoyed reading about Plysj and about cat hair!

February 20, 2007 10:11 am  
Blogger Shionge said...

Thank you for sharing some cat knowledge with us Toraa...I do like cats and I think they are very intelligent indeed :P

February 20, 2007 1:39 pm  
Blogger PEA said...

Of course I'd heard of a Manx but didn't really know what the difference was they had to other cats...now I know:-) How sad that yours got run over:-( I always had a cat while growing up and have such fond memories of them!!

February 20, 2007 2:06 pm  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

That's such a sad ending, but at least you know you gave her a fine loving home! We live on the main street of a little town and have had 2 out of 6 cats get killed on the road. They were too curious, one chasing a squirrel and the other, a pigeon. I cried a lot!

February 20, 2007 2:39 pm  
Blogger srp said...

I don't think I've ever seen a cat with those bold and striking markings before. Our vet had a rescued cat with stripes in a pattern that looked like a real turtle. He had lost an eye and so was appropriately named... One Eyed Willie. He lived at the vet office and greeted all the patients... dog and cat.

February 20, 2007 4:40 pm  
Blogger FelineFrisky said...

What great info! I had no idea! Plysj is invisible to my eyes. LOL That's how it's meant to be! Great info on Manx, as well. Thanks much! D :)

February 20, 2007 4:41 pm  
Blogger TorAa said...


Gattina: Thanks, Plysj was an extraordinary cat. We missed her at lot, but I said to Anna, let’s have two more, same breed. And we did after a couple of Months. Manx are rare...

I like it better they strike the full body and face against me.LoL.
It’s not only the fur some people are after. Some even feed them up like rabbits and eat them. Distguesting ;D

Ex-Shammickite: Really funny names of the Cats. I like that. Looking forward to your post about JoJo and Leon.

Lisa Renee: Sometimes I’m sure cats have telepathic abilities. When young, my parents had once a Siamese. Very strict and a load voice. Could hear him in long distance. It meant: here I come, prepare my food.LoL. He opened every door not locked, even the fridge, which had a pedal for opening. He just jumped into the air and bumped down on the pedal. Voila, opened.

Obsidian Kitten: Thanks for a very interesting comment.
It’s awful loosing cats, and by cars, so tragic. What you write about Llamas are most interesting. Anna uses Alpaca yarn when knitting to our grandson, it’s more comfy than wool and cotton, both when cold and hot. I’ve heard the Guanaco threads are even better?

marianne: It’s me to say thanks. We hade some very good years with Plysj. She even made me a traffic fine. We do have what’s called automatic traffic speed controls – a photobox takeing the most expensive picture you can think of. One afternoon, when driving home from our summerhouse, Plysj went up on my left shoulder and passed in front of my eyes to the right shoulder, just the moment we passed one of those boxes. 150 dollars.

Caylynn: I so well understand why you keep Dragonheart indoor. We do the same when we stay in our winterhome, but during the summer, we let them out at out summerhouse. They can handle the local traffic (10-20 cars a day), but when the cats starts following the mice towards the sea in the Autumn, then it’s time to move back to town. We were not aware of this habit until a few years ago. Which so sadly ended in tradegy for 3 of our cats, and many of our summernaighbours as well.
Shionge: It was hairy news for humans as well-he-he.

PEA: Then you learned something new today as well. How useful it is, that’s something else. Maybe you can talk about human hair and Sphynx – people might start to laugh. I think cats are good for childhood.
Mother of Invention: Yeah, cats are so concentrated while hunting, they don’t observe anything else. We have come to the conclusion, as long as we have cats, give them a very happy life..

srp: One Eyed Willie sounds to be a real personality. Plysj as well had her specialities. Fresh Sirloin every Saturday was one. Guess who knew when it was Saturday. Try to give her something else. If looks could kill… Don’t come here and try do cheat me, Plysj ;D

FelineFrisky: You got he point. Then my post was not in vain. LOL Thanks for a lovely comment.


February 20, 2007 8:12 pm  
Blogger AL said...

Good to know facts about cats! This post I love. We have a cat too (a wild cat).

I am sorry about Manx. I know how it is to be attached to your cat. We lost one of our cats last summer. We were sad for a long time.

February 20, 2007 9:13 pm  
Anonymous Mrs Lifecruiser said...

Ah, interesting read for me. I knew nothing about the Manx. Of course I knew that they existed, but that's all. She was beautiful, I love how she was "camouflaged".

I love cats, though I've only had one once when I was six years old. That story ended tragically. She got the cat plague and died, because the first owner hadn't got her shots against it and never told us about it :-(

That was shortly after she had born 6 kittens and we had given away all of them...

February 20, 2007 9:19 pm  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

the maincoon cat my aunt in law has, she's a retriever...

Reminds me of little spunk here and his climbing trees too...

oh by the way, not that long of a distance for me, only in workouts... more like 200's maybe of strokes, not free.

February 20, 2007 9:24 pm  
Blogger Luna said...

Those are interesting information about cats. Phlysj is a gorgeous cat.
Our old cat Dixie is also direct before our entry door killed by a car. That was very sad.

February 20, 2007 9:50 pm  
Blogger RennyBA said...

Never red as much interesting about cats in one post - you rock Tor - thanks for sharing!

February 20, 2007 10:22 pm  
Blogger Kuanyin said...

Yep---I have to agree with the others...she's a beauty!

In my small country town where I grew up, there was a lady who had maybe 50 Manx cats, and everyone was afraid to trick and treat at her house because the cats were always jumping around when you walked on her porch.:-0

February 20, 2007 11:12 pm  
Blogger Meow said...

Wow, what amazing camoflage !! What a beautiful cat.
Manx kitties are really interesting, however I do prefer a cat with a tail ... that tail is so clever, and gets into the most annoying places (dinner, face, wherever !!).
Such a sad ending to your story, I am sorry that you had to lose your kitty in such a way.
Take care, Meow

February 20, 2007 11:42 pm  
Blogger barefoot_mistress said...

Ohh I love Cats on Tuesday! Also your groceries look yummy, and I am hungry!

February 21, 2007 2:13 am  
Blogger Obsidian Kitten said...

you yourself wrote on my blog: "Old people used the have a cat laying on their backs or front when they had rheumatic pains. People thought it was the fur that did the healing."

Hm, more magicks of the cat fur!

As for the llamas, we live on a farm and have five llamas and two sheep (but not really a llama farm, lol)--I spin and knit, so it's wonderful! Llama can be as soft as alpaca, but it can also be far more coarse (probably because many have thicker guard hair, and it may not always be pulled out before processing or spinning)

Llama and alpaca (likewise guanaco, vicuna, and camel--all camelids) fibers are very warm and light because they are all hollow, which makes a very good insulation. Plus people with sheepswool allergies will generally not be sensitive to them (they don't produce lanolin).

Did you know that llamas hum? (Okay, so they don't purr...but it's a funny sound!)

February 21, 2007 3:39 am  
Blogger meeyauw said...

She was a gorgeous cat. I am so sorry about your loss. It is so painful. She had a wonderful life with you!

February 21, 2007 3:50 am  
Anonymous ghee said...

awww...so sorry about your cat,Tor..

but heyy,you are really detailed about cats,thats soo amazing!

February 21, 2007 9:32 pm  

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