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The Soboroff Standard

According to the Soboroff Standard measuring system for cat growth, the kitten has reached half his adult size.

What is the Soboroff Standard, you may ask? And how do you measure your cat's size vs. the Standard Soboroff, you may ask? Conveniently, there are answers.

First, get a cat. This is likely to be easy if you're reading this journal. Second, get a Soboroff. This is somewhat harder, but is achievable. Next, have the Soboroff measure the cat using the Soboroff Standard. That is, have the Soboroff grab the cat's tail in his fist (either end is appropriate). Then, he should place his next fist adjacent to his first hand, and repeat until he runs out of tail or out of hands. An average cat (measured by a Standard Soboroff - baby Soboroffs have not yet achieved Standard Soboroff size) has a tail three Soboroff fists in length. Our kitten's tail is 1.5 fists in length, and thus he has reached half his adult size.

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leahmiriam
Oct. 11th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
I would have never imagined that there was a whole system in place to measure cat growth. But it makes sense, I guess!
sethcohen
Oct. 11th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC)
Surprise. Dr. Soboroff has responded, regarding his own two cats:

"I'd post a comment, but I don't have a livejournal account and aren't
motivated to pay for one. But I just went to measure. Shmoey is 4
fists and Calvin is 3, so from the population sample I estimate that
adult cats average 3.5 fists.

I think the most appropriate way to apply this measure is using your
own fists and cats. Not many people have the 30-ish cats needed for
statistical significance, so you'll have to live with some degree of
error. Or we could just pool our cats and do measurements with all
available fists.

Ian"
morganminstrel
Oct. 11th, 2004 01:12 pm (UTC)
You know, you should let him know livejournal accounts can actually be free...
sethcohen
Oct. 11th, 2004 02:41 pm (UTC)
I let him know
I also told him that he could post anonymously, but I was wrong about that. I have that disabled, because spambots suck.
caryabend
Oct. 12th, 2004 03:41 am (UTC)
Does this mean that the full grown Manx cat is infinitely large? This is somewhat worrisome.
caryabend
Oct. 12th, 2004 03:42 am (UTC)
Ew.
After reading more about the Manx, I have discovered that some actually have a dimple where the tail would be. It is even more worrisome that some full grown Manx cats must extremely large and inside out.
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