Where did he get his crimped hair

by Nancy
(Ohio)

So I've been wondering for year how my sweetheart Chocwa ended up with crimped/curly hair. It was more pronounced as a kitten but still visible as an adult. He also has extremely brittle whiskers that fall off and break every few months, and his ear hair is course and dry. His parents were both siamese, his father was a snowshoe and his mother a chocolate point, neither having this type of hair.The lady whom I bought him from told me he was the only one in the litter to have this, the rest were normal. What would cause this?

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Feb 18, 2012
Thank you NEW
by: Nancy

Thank you:) He's a sweetheart too, such a good disposition. He may need a diet but other than that he is very healthy:)

Feb 18, 2012
he's beautiful NEW
by: my2wins

well, as long as he's healthy otherwise, his fuzzy fur doesn't seem to be causing any problems. And he sure is beautiful, so I wouldn't worry about it.

Feb 18, 2012
RE: NEW
by: Nancy

He doesn't groom himself too well, he won't let me brush him or bathe him either haha. But, he was like this from birth, it looks like he had a hair crimper to his fur, hard to tell from the pictures. I think maybe a genetic mutation? Like what caused the devon rex breed? I don't know if its possible

Feb 17, 2012
grooming? NEW
by: my2wins

This may be a long shot but is he able to groom himself properly? Some cats that are very large may have a hard time flexing their bodies enough to groom correctly, and the fur may not be getting enough combing. When my male siamese was elderly, his fur got a little fuzzy looking, this is why I ask.

If you see him not grooming multiple times a day, you might try brushing him.

Feb 17, 2012
Crimped Hair NEW
by: Beatrice

Hi there,

I don't really know. COuld it be some genetic trait, maybe a throw back to previous generations? many of the Siamese and pure-breds, carry genetic pre-dispositions to all sorts of things, unlike the moggies, who have a very wild and healthy genetic background.

Is he lacking in any vitamins, have you had his blood profile checked? If all tests are negative, then I can only suggest some genetic anomaly. He is absolutely lovely though in the eyes.

KInd regards,

Beatrice from Ireland.

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