It seems to us that Toffee is growing fluffier again, after losing his long coat in the winter for reasons we don't understand.
Here's Toffee in December, when he was still a fluffy kitten (with the ever-adorable Harris):
Here's Toffee several weeks later, as a shorthaired cat. He kept his raccoon tail and belly fur, but his ruff and even his long ear tufts disappeared with his luxurious coat:
His tabby stripes were suddenly well defined instead of soft and blurry. We thought he looked kind of bug-eyed and weird, in an awkward-adolescent way:
Lately we've noticed that his neck is looking fluffier, and there are long hairs growing along his front legs and chest. You can see those spiky long hairs in this photo:
And I've been convincing myself that his outline is beginning to soften, and his tabby markings are starting to "blur" again as his coat fills in. What do you think? I hope we're getting our longhaired Toffee back, although I don't expect his behavior to improve.