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 Post subject: Scraggly tail
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:32 pm 
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This isn't really anything I'm worried about but I have just been curious. Watson's tail is very scraggly looking. It has very long fur on it, but kind of only on the top, and no fluff underneath. It makes me think of a lobster's tail, how they have that armor on top (don't know if that makes sense haha.) All of your gorgeous kitties on here seem to have such fluffy tails! Do you think this is because he was given a lion cut by the previous owner? Are some persians' tails just fluff-deficient?

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 Post subject: Re: Scraggly tail
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:38 pm 
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If they cut his tail in the lion cut, that could very well be it. Tail hair takes much longer to grow out. :cat:

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 Post subject: Re: Scraggly tail
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:08 pm 
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I dunno...our girls have nice fluffy tails, but Lewy :(
well we tell him he has the speed tail, his is not
fluffy at all :!: :shock: I think it's just in the
genetics.

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 Post subject: Re: Scraggly tail
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:55 pm 
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Like Tomi said, tail hair takes 6+ months to fully regrow.

Another explaination is ringworm on the tail.

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 Post subject: Re: Scraggly tail
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Watson is still a kitten isn't he? If so, it could be a combination of the lion cut, ringworm and kitten coat. Most of my kittens don't seem to get full coat until the second winter if born in the spring, while they seem to get it earlier if born in the fall. When I shave Maggie down I NEVER cut the tail hair! I was told by a breeder who has had numerous regional and national winners that bathing at least twice a week would help the coat. I have done this with Boo when I was showing him and it did help. Can you imagine what Jack would look like if I did that??? :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Scraggly tail
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:04 pm 
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My cats when kitten didn't get shaved or "styled (fur cut)" but later when they were towards 6ish or so I started having this done for them about 3x/year (oldest still living cat is 18).

They never had scraggly tail while kittens and the fur after shaving grew back quite evenly. Only when Winston was older and not well he started to have some tail thinning but also thru out his body his fur didn't grow back quite so nicely/fluffy/full.

Alaska seems to have stud tail now occasionally and I was told it's because as she's older she cannot or doesn't groom herself as well so the tail gets greasy and I've noticed her tail regrowth is less full, fluffy tho her body coat is coming back pretty well still.

Hopefully Watson is just going thru whatever kitty stage others here are telling you about. He will hopefully have a nice fluffy full tail again!


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