Maine Coon Ear Furnishings!

The phrase, "ear furnishings" is a cat fancy phrase. It is a bit strange. It refers to the hair in the ear and on the tip of the ear flap (the external part of the ear called the pinna). Ear furnishings are frequently mentioned in breed standards. Breed standards are guidelines set down by the various cat associations on the way the particular cat breed should look when being shown at cat shows - competitions about the appearance and secondarily the temperament of the cat.

Well, this cat has great ear furnishings and they are of a type that is typical of the Maine Coon. I am referring to the "ear tufts" on the end of the ears:

Brown tabby Maine Coon with typical ear tufts
Photo by DreamShoot by Marcel Steger

Do the ear tufts confirm that this cat is a purebred Maine Coon? No. But they are good evidence! Only documentary evidence as to pedigree and registration at a cat association can confirm a cat is purebred. That said a person made an interesting comment on this page about that.


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