Emmett And His Black Smoky Coat
by Ashley Blade-Martin
I adopted Emmett in May of 2010 as an 8 week old kitten at the local Human Society.
I love black cats - especially long haired ones - and had recently lost my long time furry baby, Douglas.
I have had two long haired black cats before, but right away there was something a little different about Emmett.
He was very friendly, talkative, which alone wasn't that unusual to me, but there was just something about his fur that was different. He was medium haired at best, but then there were these interesting longer hairs that were gray or white... and as he grew his coat kept changing.
He has much longer hair now, and what I would describe as an actual mane that almost looks like a furry spare tire... and such intense silvery gray belly fur that is longer than the rest of his fur.
I realize that at best he would be a mix.... but when I googled the 'black smoke Maine Coon' well for the first time I could imagine where he got that interesting coat from!
I almost fell off my chair... I am always trying to photograph his belly fur, and the rest of his coat for that matter, which looks patchwork sometimes... and entirely different in different light (which I know is not uncommon for black cats in general).
His legs are really black, a stark contrast to the rest of his coat. He has tufts of fur between his toes that is silvery colored.
He does kind of do the chirping thing sometimes. He loves to sleep on his back and show off that awesome belly... with his legs up in the air. He also loves to come lay on my chest and nuzzle my face.
He is absolutely a sweetheart with not the slightest hint of malice (indoor cat, I don't know if he can mouse).
I love him no matter what he is but I do kind of wonder where he got that awesome fur... I can post more pictures. I am sure I have taken thousands of his ever changing coat!
If you have a Maine Coon, you know how unique and different they are. You know you have a special cat!
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