Julius Gets His Day


Julius sadly gets a bit of a short shrift in this blog.  He doesn’t make trouble, doesn’t worry me except for the odd late night hunting expedition, and doesn’t get sick.  If anyone wants to eat food off his plate he lets them.  If they want his sleeping spot he finds another one.. He’s a good egg.

He was a bit miffed on Thanksgiving since I wouldn’t let him out.  Today, however he got his wish and could poke around the area for part of the morning and into the afternoon.  This always makes him feel a lot better about matters in general.

For all the work breeders have done over the last century or so, I’m not sure that they have done better than nature has done with the ordinary tabby.

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19 Responses to Julius Gets His Day

  1. kimkiminy says:

    A good egg, and a VERY pretty boy!

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  2. There’s no such thing as an “ordinary” tabby!

    Does Julius’ fur get matted? I’ve been wondering about climate vs genes in respect to our fur coats. Kitty and I don’t have trouble with mats, but is that only because we live in a warm climate? (Both of us do grow winter coats.) Or would that be more of a genetic thing?

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    • Oldcat says:

      Julius does not have trouble with mats at least so far, but I attribute that to his lack of an undercoat that more fluffy longhairs like Persians and Maine Coons have. So his long hairs lie flat along the body, more or less.

      They say Ragdoll cats’ long hair is mat-resistant, which would be genetic. I’m not sure how climate would be a factor, except that warmth might keep older kittys more active in keeping themselves cleaned up.

      Aren’t you and Kitty both short hair cats? Short haired cats don’t really mat that I’ve seen – less fur is easier to keep clean and doesn’t have the length to wrap up into a ball.

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      • I’ve always thought cats with denser coats were more prone to matting. I guess I’m wondering whether the density of our coats is purely genetic or if it is at least partially climate-driven. Would Calpurnia’s coat be that dense if she lived in the tropics? Do breeds with undercoats lose the undercoat if they don’t need them? Or do the genes win out every time?

        Kitty’s actually a long hair – when she was healthier, her coat was longer and fuller than Julius, I think. My human says I’m a DRH – domestic random hair – because I have a little bit of everything.

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      • Oldcat says:

        I doubt that it is as Lamarkian as you suggest – otherwise there would be a lot of unhappy Persian owners when their cats ejected their long fur and sported trim little Siamese fur coats after the first summer.

        However, if your cats were bred over generations in the tropics, you could develop long hairs that were overall thinner coated than those from very cold climates by favoring kittens that were less densely coated. But it would be even easier to just have cats that are too hot groom their coats enough to thin out the excess.

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  3. minlit says:

    Julius and Mojo probably have a lot in common.

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  4. littlemiao says:

    Awww, I love seeing Julius. His tabby pattern is so beautiful.

    On the topic of matting, our long-haired Siamese mix Prince Tweets never matted. His littermate Tashi is the classic shorthaired Siamese and of course he never mats either. But Tweets had such a luxurious woolly undercoat. He spent a lot of time grooming, though, so maybe it was his own hard work that kept him mat-free?

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    • Oldcat says:

      I certainly think that matting problems increase when a cat doesn’t or can’t keep himself fully groomed. Unclean fur is stickier, and part of grooming is pulling out little tangles before they become big ones.

      It might be easier for long and lean bodied cats like siamese to reach all the important places than stockier bodied cats.

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    • Lurkertype says:

      Our BFFs have a very floofy boy who used to get all rumpled and matted. He was too lazy to bathe properly. Then they got another cat who worships him and keeps him impeccably groomed.

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  5. We agree, Tabbies are beautiful! Although, our favorite is the Silver Shaded Persian since that is what we are.

    Truffle and Brulee

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    • Oldcat says:

      Well, Silver Shaded cats are just Black Tabbies with a couple of extra genes – Inhibitor to make the background white and Wideband to push the stripes to the very tip of the fur.

      You can tell they are black tabbies under it all by the brick red nose with black rim.

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  6. Julius is such a handsome guy! I agree with you on the beauty of tabbies, Mother Nature knows best. Is there such a thing as gray on gray tabby? Because Rupert has definite stripes in certain lights, especially on his tail.

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    • Oldcat says:

      “solid” cats that have the non-agouti aa pattern often show ‘ghost tabby’ marks. Calpurnia does on her tail, and so does Gus. Non agouti ‘paints over’ the tabby marks with more color, and remnants often show.

      For a true ‘grey on grey’ tabby, Julius mom was a dilute ‘blue’ tabby:

      Julius' Mom and Family

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