The fuzzy fur coat In wild cats, young animals such as the serval and the cheetah and, accordingly, also in Savannah kittens, the coat undergoes various stages.
A few days after the birth you can clearly see the drawing of the Savannah Kitten, from the 4th week of life the kittens receive the so-called camouflage coat (fuzzy fur). This means that the clear drawing overgrows, it looks blurry and out of focus. The spots or polka dots are now harder to recognize. This camouflage skin is used to survive in the wild, the kittens are camouflaged in the tall grass in front of the other enemies.
To judge the kittens on delivery,
you have to look at the kitten from behind. Here are two pictures in the following example, it is the same kitten from two different angles. From the side and from the back.
The kitten in the first picture on the left is the same kitten in the second picture, 2 months later, you can see that the contrast has started to increase again.
The duration of the camouflage is different, the development of the coat is completed after 1 year and 6 months.
Often, the camouflage begins to pull back already at the 12-16 week. With young Savannahs it takes a while until the final mature color and drawing turns out.
During this period, the coat of the Savannah cat is rather sticky and long, as well as the drawing of the kitten is also rather unclear and blurry. So “Fuzzy”. The kittens still have their baby fur.
In the so-called fuzzy phase, the little Savannahs seem rather monotonous gray and colorless. Likewise, this is good with the young of a cheetah and servals. This is very important for the wildcat babies at the beginning of their life for their camouflage in the wild. Only when they are strong and fast enough for an escape or to defend, the camouflage fades.
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