Categories: fur

What is a cat ruff?

The picture explains what a cat ruff is and where the word comes from. As usual cat breeders like to employ the language describing clothing from years ago; in this case from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century. Breeders also use the word ‘britches’ a distortion of ‘breeches’ to describe long fur on the upper part of a cat’s hind legs. Cat association breed standards refer to these terms (see picture).

What are britches on a cat?


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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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