I was just reading that it's unusual for a cat to have mixed black and white colored fur. Our black and white cat also has long and short fur mixed over his body. I'm wondering if that is unusual in cats, too. Over his back is short black hair, but he has long fur on his sides. His legs are short fur all the way up to his body in front and his body is mostly long fur. In addition to the short on the legs, there are patches of short white fur on his body. within the patches of short hair, sometimes a few long hairs, many as long as six inches, fan out. He sounds like a comedy act, but the hair blends together so beautifully, he was almost grown before we realized just how patched up he is. He's a sweet little demon of a kitty that wakes me up a lot of mornings nudging my hands begging to be petted.