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Coloring changes

Discussion in 'Savannah Cat - General Discussion' started by Kurt Mylar, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. Kurt Mylar

    Kurt Mylar Savannah Super Cat

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    I have noticed that Loki is getting alot darker as he gets older. He is only 6 months old and looks amost like a smoke colored has anybody else noticed color changes in their SV's as they get older?
     
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  2. Lori Greer

    Lori Greer Cahaba Cats

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    Oh most definitely! They change a lot the first year as they shed the kitten fur, get a teen coat and then shed that out as well. You might also notice changes in coat with the weather and temps. :)
     
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  3. gahnja77

    gahnja77 Savannah Super Cat

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    im noticing that in gahnja's coat he seems to be getting brighter and more golden...hes still not that serval color of course but im seeing alot of gold underneath his tabby speckle color thingy,"i have no clue what technical color/coat he is lol" but i agree with lori because im going through it myself im curious to see if G's spots will darken up or become more bold at some point because hes still so little most of them are so close that they form stripes and i read online that savannahs arent meant to have stripes =(
     
  4. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    Yes, I am noticing the kittens coats changing as well...Dracos is getting more golden, Ixas, Tau and Agenor's basecoats are getting even clearer and more coarse feeling...better contrast...they are all losing the fuzzies ;)
     
  5. Wyldthingz

    Wyldthingz Savannah Super Cat

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    Mine get mousier toned in the winter and the more golden, slicker coat in the summer. The black stays the same however!
     
  6. Wild Tafari

    Wild Tafari Savannah Super Cat

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    I love how the coloration changes during the first year! It's so lovely to watch. When those fuzzies are shed and their beautiful color and markings appear and evolve, it's just beautiful. I LOVE taking many photos to be able to look back on how their color (and body) changes. :)
     
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  7. NikkiA

    NikkiA Site Supporter

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    Hijacking this thread with a question
    So... Our F4 boy is a "snow" savannah.
    He has blue eyes. When he arrived he was white with off-white markings, but now his "fawn" markings seem more smoky grey, and his grey ringed tail and grey fur on his paws are now black.
    So that begs the question, in my mind, what exactly is snow? I know this might be a bit silly, but what is the difference?
    I don't care at all what his color is, just trying to understand (so I don't do things like say our melanistics boy isn't breed standard again).
     
  8. Patti

    Patti Admin Staff Member

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    I'm not sure what you're asking - what is the difference between...??? Snow is a designer term adapted by Bengal breeders to describe a seal lynx pattern. A seal point pattern is like a Siamese or Thai - the points, or cool parts of the body: nose, ears, feet are black. A seal lynx pattern is a seal point pattern that also has an underlying tabby pattern. Their points are usually less dramatic, especially in the face which has less black, and their tabby patterns can become quite dramatic as they mature.
     
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  9. NikkiA

    NikkiA Site Supporter

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    Patti, that is actually very helpful.
    I know nothing about how cat coats are described.
    My little boy has black feet, a black ringed tail, and black and grey markings on his face and grew spots on his body, legs and belly.
    I could not for the life of me figure out what the difference was between "silver" and "snow". I thought it was becuase the markings were white-on-white or faun on white, but as he gets older, his colors seem to be more grey or black on a white background.
    He is such a pretty boy, I was just trying to figure out exactly what his coloring is called.
     
  10. Lori Greer

    Lori Greer Cahaba Cats

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    The blue eyes are a sure indicator of a "snow" or color point. The color point base coat is actually a shade of cream rather than white, while a silver cat has a true white at the base of the hair and very obvious markings from birth. Snow kittens are born looking completely white but as they mature their markings start coming in and will continue to darken for some years. Here is our girl Nonami as a kitten and then at a year old. :)
    pics071811 044.jpg cahaba cats nonami.jpg pics 100111 109.jpg
     

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