How can you tell if a kitten will have Long or Short Hair?

By Nadine Oraby | 2020 Update

Here’s a fun fact:

According to New Atlas, humans find kittens cute because of their big eyes, soft fur and tiny paws, just like they think human babies to be cute because of their big eyes, small face and tiny hands.

Psychology Today says that stroking cat fur releases stress. And long-haired cats have got softer fur.

So if you are wondering how long or short fur your kittens going to have when it grows up, then keep reading.

How can you tell if your kittens going to have long or short fur? Here’s the answer:

Himalayan, Maine coon, Persian, Balinese and Angora cat breeds are known to have long hair and knowing your cat breed will let you know. If not, then knowing their parentage will give you the answer. Look for traits of long-haired cats in your pet. 

Reading the answer might have given birth to even more questions in your head:

What if we do not know the parentage of the cat? What are the traits of a long-haired cat?

Continue reading to find out the answers!

How To Tell If Your Kitten Will Have Long Hair


There are some ways to find if your kitten will have long hair or short hair:

1. Breed

This is the easiest way to find what length of hair your kitten will have. Just write the name of your cat’s breed on a search engine and you will find the information about it’ hair.

If your cat is from any of the following breeds, then it will have long hair:

  • American Curl
  • Maine Coon
  • Birman
  • Persian
  • Himalayan

If your cat is from any of the next following breeds, then it will have short hair:

  • Japanese bobtail
  • Abyssinian
  • American shorthair
  • Exotic shorthair
  • Manx

And if you do not know the breed, then go to a vet to know the breed of your kitten.

 2. Parentage

If the mother of your kitten was short-haired and the cat she mates with is long-haired, then half of the kittens will be long-haired and vice versa.

There is also a case of mutation. There might be a mutation in the short-haired mother. And if she mates with another short-haired cat, then one out of four kittens will be long-haired because of that mutation.

3. Coat pattern

This is not always the case but you can determine the length of your kitten’s hair by looking at the pattern of its fur coat.

If there are swirling, whirling patterns on your cat’s fur coat, then it will probably have long hair when it grows up.

4. Long-haired cat traits

When your kitten will reach six to eight weeks of age, you will get the idea of what type of hair will it have.

This is the most accurate way that will certainly help you determine the length of your kitten’s hair when it grows up.

There are a lot of traits that you should look out for. If you see the following traits in your kitten, then it will have a long haired coat:

  • Long tufts of fur between the toes will be sticking out.
  • Long tufts around ears and face.
  • Thick fur for future long haired cats and vice versa.
  • Hair will be about two to six inches long.
  • Coat will be long and fluffy.
  • The coat color of long haired cats is often smoke-colored.
  • Very fluffy tail.

But with great hair, comes great responsibility.

So you will need to take care of the cat’s hair and groom it sufficiently. Keep reading to learn how to do so.

How To Take Care Of A Long-Haired Cat

Long-haired cats need a little more care than short-haired cats. No matter the length, their coat requires some care to keep them from shredding.

Long haired cats should be groomed every day. Whereas short haired cats can be groomed twice or thrice a week.

Here are the things you need to do to take care of your long-haired cat:

1. Bathe your pet

It is a good idea to bath your cat once every week. This will keep their fur healthy and clean. You can give the bath more often if your cat plays in mud too much.

Using a good quality shampoo which is specially made for felines is a good idea.

Watch this video to learn how to give a bath to our cat:

2. Brush them

Brush your cat daily as it is very important. This will keep the fur from getting knotted and tangled.

Just gently brush your cat every time you get the chance. This will be a good way of spending time with your pet.

If your pet’s fur gets matted, do not cut the fur balls yourself as you might accidentally cut off the cat’s skin. So visit a vet to get some help with the matted fur.

Watch this video to learn how to brush your cat’s hair:

3. Use a good vacuum

Use a vacuum that is designed for handling cat hair. This will make picking up their hair off the carpets a lot easier.

4. Look for parasites

If you see your cay licking a certain area of its body a lot, parasites might be the reason.

So look for fleas and ticks in your cat’s hair on a daily basis.

It is kind of difficult to spot these in long-haired cats. But the sooner you find the parasites, the better.

How to Care for a Short-Haired Cat

Here’s the deal:

Even though short-haired cats do not need as much care as long-haired cats, you still need to consider some things:

  • Brush its hair on a semi-regular basis. Use the same method as told for the care of long-haired cats.
  • Give it an occasional bath (Important for healthy fur). Use the same method as told for the care of long-haired cats.
  • Do not go easy on the care of your short-haired cat as it will put your pet’s health at risk.
  • Brushing and bathing after a long period opens your cat up to all sorts of skin problems and infections.

Related Questions

At what age is a cat full grown?

Kittens typically reach a length and weight close to their full-grown size by 9 to 12 months of age. After the 1-year mark, most cats continue to grow at a much slower rate until at least 18 months of age. Large breeds, such as Maine coon cats, typically take even longer to grow to their full size.

Do kittens shed their baby fur?

Sometime between the age of 6 and 12 months, as the kitten reaches adolescence, it will begin to shed its baby fur and the lovely coat it will wear for his adult years develops. Before this time, cat owners will have noticed very little shedding. But during this time of transition, all that changes.

How can you tell how old your kitten is?

To tell how old a kitten is, check to see if it still has its umbilical cord stump, if its eyes are closed, and if its ears are stuck close to its head. If you notice these features, the kitten is likely less than 1 week old. If your kitten’s eyes are open and its ears have popped up, it is probably 2-3 weeks old.

Will my kitten get fluffier?

Many young kittens look fluffy whether short or longhaired and kittens should be at least eight weeks before you can see the signs of long hair. Pay special attention to the kitten’s tail. If it is very fluffy, the kitten may be longhaired or semi-longhaired.

In Short…

  • Just looking at the breed of your kitten will let you know if it’s going to be short or long-haired.
  • Ask your vet to know the breed of your cat.
  • Future long-haired cats will have a swirling pattern with whirls of color on their coat.
  • Cats with fuzzy hair when they are six to eight weeks old will most likely have long hair.
  • Kittens that will grow up to have short hair will have smooth and shiny hair by the age of six to eight weeks old.
  • Brushing and bathing are very important for any type of cat.
  • Both types of cats will need proper grooming to have healthy and clean fur.

So now you know what will be the length of your cute kitty’s hair when it grows up. I hope you two will have lots of fun together!


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