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Fuzzies feel?

Treywi

April
I was curious about how a Savannah kitten coat felt during it's fuzzies. I am spoiled with my Bengals which both have very soft pelted coats, even when they were in their fuzzies. My little f4 male we are getting is in his fuzzy stage and it's more prickly brittle. Not sure if I am describing it right. So wasn't sure if it's from the fuzzies and he'll out grow it or it's more of a diet thing. I don't think it's diet as my breeder does feed a raw diet. But just thought I would ask.
 

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Paige
Staff member
Depends on the coat...kittens feel nice and soft and cuddly...Taj has a very sleek, soft coat and Zuri has more of a coarse serval-like coat...Taj probably has more Bengal in him...
 

DChap

Site Supporter
Tojo's coat is very soft and sleek and I attribute that to the Bengal in him. His fuzzies felt pretty soft too
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
I was curious about how a Savannah kitten coat felt during it's fuzzies. I am spoiled with my Bengals which both have very soft pelted coats, even when they were in their fuzzies. My little f4 male we are getting is in his fuzzy stage and it's more prickly brittle. Not sure if I am describing it right. So wasn't sure if it's from the fuzzies and he'll out grow it or it's more of a diet thing. I don't think it's diet as my breeder does feed a raw diet. But just thought I would ask.
A Savannah's coat is supposed to have a slightly coarse feel to it and lack resilience, so it is more likely that your F4 simply has a proper Savannah coat, in which case he will (hopefully) not grow out of it :up:
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
It's hard to know with a baby but as Patti says, we don't want the soft and silky coat of a Bengal, nor the tight and smooth coat of an Oriental but a looser, rougher type of coat. Hard to describe as that kinda sounds unpleasant and it is not...just different from those other breeds! Whether it is kitten coat or how your kitten will feel as an adult is hard to tell...
 

Treywi

April
I know I sound like a total noob. lol But glad to hear it's how it's supposed to feel. Thanks for everyone's replies. :)
 

Nitro

and his servant, Paul
Treywi, as a recent noob to the breed myself, and as a longtime Bengal owner, I had the exact same question.

SV's that are melanistic and those with Asian Leopard Cat gene have soft pelts. Bengal/ALCs are usually not used during the breeding process for a number of factors, including rosettes and the ALC gene stunting a SV's growth.

If I were you, I would just look at it as a way to appreciate your Bengal cats despite your new kitty stealing the show.
 
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DocMac

Guest
I love that coarse fur of a Savannah and look for it (feel it) to value the babies.
 

Wyldthingz

Savannah Super Cat
The "correct" coat is the more course texture, however if the coat feels brittle, I would check about quality diet and test for parasites. The Savannah coat can be more slick if they tend toward the Bengal coat in their heritage.
 
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DocMac

Guest
When I reached down and picked up my first Savannah at 12 weeks old, the first thing I said o my husband was, "Oh, he feels so wild!"
 
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