Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thoughts on Thursday: On Being Curly

Last week, I got an e-mail requesting that I post some photos that show the curliness of my furs! My furs are really more wavy than curly. Here is what the CFA breed standard says about Devon Rex fur:
COAT: Density: the cat is well covered with fur, with the greatest density occurring on the back, sides, tail, legs, face, and ears. Slightly less density is permitted on the top of head, neck, chest, and abdomen. Bare patches are a fault in kittens and a serious fault in adults; however the existence of down on the underparts of the body should not be misinterpreted as bareness. Sparse hair on the temples (forehead in front of the ears) is not a fault. Texture: the coat is soft, fine, full-bodied, and rexed (i.e., appearing to be without guard hairs). Length: the coat is short on the back, sides, upper legs, and tail. It is very short on the head, ears, neck, paws, chest, and abdomen. Kittens may have very short fur all over; even if not long enough to wave, it must cover the kitten evenly, so that no bare patches are evident. Waviness: a rippled wave effect should be apparent when the coat is smoothed with one's hand. The wave is most evident where the coat is the longest, on the body and tail.
Here I think you can see the waviness of my furs. My furs feel kind of soft and downy/cottony, and I hardly shed at all!
Even my whiskers are curly! My whiskers tend to be brittle and snap off easily. For some reason, the whiskers on just the right side of my face are very short and broken. Maybe I sleep more on that side. I am not sure.
Here is my undercarriage. My tummy is mostly white, but I have this funny darker spot.
Um, pretend that I am not about to give the bitey to my Mommie's finger here. I think this photo shows my extra-curly neck furs.
My fur color is called "Dilute Calico." Here you can see all the colors of my furs, and even the frizzledy furs inside my ears.

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86 Notes for Daisy:

Ramses said...

Being a dilute calico means you had parents that both carried the dilute gene, even if neither of them looked dilute. The dilute gene is denoted as "d" where the dominant non-dilute gene is written as "D". Oh biy I have been spending too much time reading Mummy's genetics notes over her shoulder... I fink I'm learning stuff other than the art of being a snuggler! ;)

Parker said...

Daisy, your furs are very pretty! I think that's part of what makes you such a wonderful model!

Adan*Michico said...

Being a curly fur cat is very special~!
Today's photos almost let me could sense the feeling of your fur~~ I like it very much!I like you shot every detail so closely that I could see you more clear~~

And I am crazy in love with your curly whiskers, that is so so cute!

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

You have lovely curly, waving furs, Daisy! :) I, Dragonheart, have short, curly fur in my ears, but Merlin has totally naked ears!

Rosie(who else?) said...

.....the last pic makes me think of when caramel sauce melts over vanilla ice-cream.......

hello & mimmy said...

daisy, you have very nice curly furs and i love that pikture of your whiskers! i gots some devon rex kitty friends that are also being toilets trained. they are also very purdy like you!

hello

The Whiskers & Purrs Gang said...

Dearest Daisy,
Every single part of you is beeyooteeful. Even the hairs inside your ears.

Very truly yours,
The Whiskers & Purrs Gang

Poppy Q said...

Daisy you has some pretty wavy furs. My mum has wavy hair too, but not as beautiful as yours.

TT said...

You has beautiful furs Daisy. Mommy Bean says she would loves to kiss your belly but you might put the bitey on her. hehe

Mickey said...

Your curly furs look so pretty and soft.I like the curly nature too:)It makes you unique.My dearest Miss Peach has curly furs too ;)
Purrs Mickey

Criz Lai said...

Cool fur you have there Daisy. It's so nice to be born all curly. I can imagine how much I would have spent if I were to perm the furs of all my kitties.. hahaha :P

wildcatsthree said...

You are indeed a curly cat Daisy. We never noticed how curly before the closeup shots. Our hairs are stick straight, so we're kind of envious of your curls.
Jackie and Gidget

p.s. Thanks for your kind words about Fritz Daisy. And we hope Pixie has many more years with you - sorry to hear about her heart condition, as it has to be a worry for you and your mommy

Cat-a-holic, Lilly and Laila said...

Our Momma is totally in love with your colors and curly furs! We try not to get jealous. Maybe the furs are curly because you have so much humidity? heeheehee!

Bounce, Lucy and Trixie said...

What beautiful furs Daisy! We really like the way your furs are wavy. Thanks for the great pictures.

D.R. said...

You look so debonair. I've never seen a cat so well-coordinated.

Eric and Flynn said...

You have byootyful furrs Daisy. We like your curly neck furrs. Eric is telling me I'm faulty cuz I've got a bare patch on my tummy. Mum sez it's my fault cuz I washed my tummy furrs away.
Flynn

Cecil the Cougar: said...

I think it must be hard to be a girl cat, does it take you a long time to curl your hair in the morning? Being a boycat, I just get up and go!

moshix2/aka: sachie said...

ur hair is surely cyrly!! it lookz like soft ice creamz looks yummy!!

Sarge Charlie said...

I think all of your curly hair is cute, did you know Auntie Bee has curly hair...

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Momma just wants to pet and pet and pet your beautiful furs Daisy!
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

-d ma said...

love the curly. Reminds me that I have wavy hair and when I was growing up my sisters were really envious because they have really straight hair. i myself did not like it because it was terribly unruly. how does pixie feel about your beautiful curls?

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Daisy, your curly furs are very, very cute! And you also have very pretty toofies!

We have tagged you for the Make a Wish meme!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

you have lovely furs daisy! and you would haf to pay lots of greem papers to get all the highlights you haf if you went to a beauty shop. you are a natural beauty!!!

smiles, auntie bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoox

jenianddean said...

Your furs are soo cute! The only curly furs I have are on my neck and tummy.

-Jasper McKitten-Cat

Monty Q. Kat said...

I see nothing wrong with the bitey...

topcatrules said...

Daisy got a A+ on the topcatrules quiz tonight. She can go to the top of the class.

skip said...

wow..Dilute Calico..honestly, I never heard of that before..by the way, your furs are very pretty..

andophiroxia said...

I wish I could pet you to see how soft you are. I know Emy is really soft and so does Michico. Adan is soft too.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

You are both a good cat and a nice cat and super model as well. I love your curly furs and whiskers!

Clarissa said...

Daisy - your curly furs are beautiful. Mom wants to pets you but my sisfur, Ginger, wants to lick your ears! My sisfur, Serendipity, is a dilute calico but she doesn't have curly furs like you do!

Purrs,
Clarissa & Co.

Junior said...

I like your curly furs! Thanks for teaching us about your breed!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We love yoor curly furs, Daisy. Zippy sez dat yoo are extra purrty cuz of yoor colorings. She just sez dat cuz yoo two kinda match.

Forty Paws said...

This is very interesting! There is a black and white Devon Rex that lives at our new v-e-t's office. She is furry soft and silky.

Luf, Us

artconstellation said...

Daisy you're gorgeous. Your furs are super-curly! I think you are the curliest cat I have ever known. ;-)

Lorianna said...

Oh Daisy, I adore your curly furs and whiskers. You do look really soft! Curly Rex kitties are so cool. Did you know only girl cats can be calico? I like the orange and black patterns in your fur. :) But Pixie is awfully cute with her Tabby furs too!
Have a Happy Day Honey,
Kisses and Purrs,
Lorianna

PB & J said...

Oh Daisy we love your curly and wavy furs!

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

Our mom wishes she had naturally curly hair. You are a beautiful kitty and well named as Curly Cat!

Scout said...

Your furs are almost as curly as my Mommy's!!

DEBRA said...

Daisy

You really are the cutest curly cat!

Purrs
Abby

Lisa said...

You are such a gorgeous girl, Daisy!

Skeezy said...

I'm so jellus of yer curly furs. I wood LOVE to have thick soft curly furs like yoo have. Insted, I'm praktikly bald. Do yoo think I shood git a permanint to make my furs more thikker and curly?

Amber-Mae said...

Oh wow, your whiskers are curly too? Sooo funny! Thank you for sharing that info about your breed. I bad bad kitty sistas shed a lot! And they're drain cats. Cats from drains if you know what I mean...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Snickers said...

Your curly and wavy furrs are such a delight! My daughter was a diluted calico too! It's such a beautiful coloring! ~Queen Snickers

Mrs Mecomber said...

Beautiful fur! I think I would love to be a Mommie to such a lovely cat. I used to have a calico cat (half Siamese) and she was such a good cat. How do you find these kitties?

Angus said...

I think its interesting that your whiskers break on the right side, and that your neck furs are extra curly..my mom would think that a very good kissable spot. But she's like that.

Quasi said...

You're gorgeous. My human's female would really like the "hardly-shedding" part.

Tun Tun said...

MEW!! Miss Daisy you sure are pretty-your fur is so special! Tank you verry much for saying hi to me!
I sure hope Mr. Magoo gets a good home-I just know he will. Who could resist him?

Veronica (M) said...

Hi Daisy!
I likes your furs! You are very detailed. I don't have a special breed even thoug hmy grandma's neighbor thinks Fig and I are Siberian cats. She asked if we were three times already this year!
You would not like to seee the burny toast, the smell was terribles! we had to air out a long times!!!

Bonnie Story said...

Daisy, Pepper loves the finger-bitey shot the best! You are so cute. Thanks for the closeup curleyfurs tour. You are a sensational model, missy. You are going places!!! We'll look for you on the cover of Catsmopolotan!

DK & The Fluffies said...

We love your cute little whiskers!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Daisy I think you are lovely!

Tybalt said...

You are gorgeous, Daisy!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

You certainly do have curly/wavy hair, Daisy. We're glad you posted the close-ups so we could see it.

Deodand said...

Hi Daisy - Like you, my cat Tabitha is a mask-and-mantle dilute calico, only she has the straight furs. I call her the Poutine Cat because she looks like fries with cheese & gravy :) Yum!

http://www.catster.com/cats/160972

Mr. Echo said...

I'm late to the pawty, but your furs are reely intresting. And that St. Patricks dress is hot HOT HAWT!!! Thare wuz a kitty at my first vets offise who had furs like yurs. That cat looked weerd. But you are beautipuss!

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Two thoughts....1- I have gum envy. Seriously, your gums are PRETTY!!! I have red stomatis gums.

2- Those whiskers are super duper cute!!

Kaze

Mo said...

Daisy, I ♥ your curly neck furs!

Shilgiah the Cat said...

Your curly furs are beautiful. Thanks for all the great information...looks like you are the perfect unflawed Devon Rex Daisy kitty! And even though you didn't show your toe pads I remember seeing them and they are spectacular too.

Anonymous said...

deer Daisy,
yoo have lovlee curlee furs! we hope yoo got xtra treets for yer veree tasteful nood modeling.

furry and hogan frum catster

LadyBanana said...

Thanks Daisy, that's very interesting info :)

zevo husssein calamari said...

You are one curly cute kitty!
Thanks for the lesson in curliness.

Titus said...

Daisy, we love your furs. They are super gorgeous.

Mom wants to give you scritches on your neck and chest.

Asta said...

Daisy
We awe twins..except fow me being a doggie and having wiwy haiw, we'we exackly alike in evewy othew way
I'm vewy pwoud to be youw twin
smoochie kisses,
Asta

Speedcat Hollydale said...

This blog is amazing ... the most popular cat in town!!!!!

Dr Tweety of da Fab Five said...

Daisy,

Doze curlyque whiskerz are da bestee ting I haz evfur senn...evfun better den strippeez.
& da tum tum shot iz quite astonisshin.'
Mebbe you should triez sleepin' on da other side fur a few nights.

-Dr Tweety

The Meezers said...

i want to pet your furs!!! - Miles

DaisyMae Maus said...

Miss Daisy ... You have beautiful furs ... I like how they're multi-colored an' short. I'll bet that you're very soft, too. Mom says that softness is preferrable in cats (an' I believe her).
DMM

Chairman Mao said...

You have beeyootiful curly furs, Daisy! And me and Momma just loved yur word "frizzledy" -- hehehe!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

catsynth said...

Interesting. We were wondering what "curly" meant :)

We mostly have "straight furs" around here.

SophieKitty said...

You have beautiful curly furs!

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Daisy, you're gorgeous! I just love your curly furs and curly whiskers and your frizzledy ear furs, too! *smile*

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!

Gretchen said...

Wavy or curly, either way, you're unique...and pretty.

Hugs...G

Icon Baxter Bentley said...

you have very pretty furs, daisy. it must be easy to match your furs to your cute outfits!

meemsnyc said...

Wow Daisy, your hair is very curly, and super cute! It must feel so soft!

Katie said...

I love your fur Daisy, especially the wavy fur near your ear. You are a very pretty cat! :)

And I like to hear that you don't shed much, but I'm also very jealous! Puddy sheds a lot and it's very difficult to get it out of the carpet. She helps by rolling around to try to stick it back onto her skin, but somehow it's not working...

Karen Jo said...

You modelled for some great pictures of your curly fur, Daisy. I like the close-up of your neck furs the best, though I am also very fond of your curly whiskers.

Kimo & Sabi said...

Yer teefs look purdy straight though!

Nancy Lindquist-Liedel said...

My son Gene-Gene says, "Wow, she's really a one-of-a-kind cat! Such curly hair and sooooo cute, and she likes clothes."

Now he's eyeing Kali, who would shred him, if he put clothes on her. LOL!

Alasandra said...

We love your curls and waves you are a very cute cat Daisy. ~Scylla, Charybdis & Socks

JB's Big World said...

Very nice furs!
--JB

S E E Quine said...

` Awww! You're soooo pretty! You remind me of my Violet! Especially your tooths! I want to pet you now!

Tasha said...

Wow, Daisy, that's quite the curly hair! Mine is long and straight and sometimes fluffy.

Samantha & Tigger said...

Daisy you have beautiful curly fur and Mom's ears perked up when she read you didn't shed much!! I leave black furs everywhere!
Your FL furiend,
Samantha

Carolyn B. said...

*clapping hands*

Daisy,

Thank you for showing off those pretty ripples and curls! Now I can see why you're called a curly cat.

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Daisy, you are so pretty!!! We love all of the pictures!!

Punkin said...

Daisy
I thinks you are very pretty for a kitty

Woofs and Licks

Punkin

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