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so he's 13 weeks now, and im wondering how clear his coat is gonna get....should he technically be finishing shedding his fuzzies soon? it seems he has this almost agouti/dark type fur covering over any solid coloring lighter fur
Agreed, his fuzzies look to be pretty much gone. You will see some better definition in his spots through the course of a year and as his coat gets more populated with hair. Oddly, where our boy was shaved from his hip surgery, his base color is more pronounced, spots are more defined and the very modest amount of ticking he had is gone. Not sure what that's about and I certainly wouldn't advise shaving your kitten, just 7 months have gone by and I can see an absolute difference in that portion of his back and leg.
I'd say the majority of the fuzzies should be gone, but as John says you might see more clearing by the time he's a year old.
It's important to note that we don't really want ALL the "ticking" to leave, if you look at an F1, the background to the black spots is a ticked beige to warm yellow but that part is actually ticked. I think it is what gives that slightly coarse texture to the coat that we get from the Serval and WANT. So we want the black spots to clear and be prominent but we don't necessarily want complete clearing of the background to a smooth texture...
I think the clearer the coat, the smoother it feels, at least in the cats I have here that seems to the case. And the F1s I have had, had nice texture and the background is very ticked... Nina for example. The ones I've had with the smoothest coats were glittered (which the hollowing out of the hair shaft with that gene definitely gives a different texture plus seems to make the coat appear very clear) or very short like the Oriental coat...
I'll need to use some of my mad photographic skills to see if I can capture Chongo's fur where he was shaved. Also strange was that without the fur on his leg, he still had spots! Then also of note is the ticked fur is a lot coarser, as Brigitte mentioned, probably takes longer to regenerate and I'm sure doesn't get repopulated as often.
I had three of my cats shaved on the same afternoon at the vets (fur sampling for a testing procedure), all three are Savannahs (F1, F2 and F5) and none regrew their hair the same! It's been interesting to watch. I think the F2 is the one whose fur has regrown the slowest...the F5 the fastest and the F1's has grown back but not as thick at first but almost regrown now. I think it was about 2 months ago.
Definitely they can be spotted to the skin, I remember years ago when I had an F3 girl spayed and she came home with that shaved belly with these really black spots showing!
And when we shaved the patches on the three this year, the spots were showing... I should've taken pics that day, doh!