Found in Bengal kittens only. Starting around 4 weeks old and lasting until the kitten is about 16 weeks old. It's at it's worst around 7-13 weeks old, right about the time the kitten is ready to go home. Bengal kittens begin to have longer "guard" hairs protruding from their coat. In the wild Asian Leopard cubs have these guard hairs to help camouflage them from predators. Many consider it a stage of being an "ugly duckling" where the Bengal is about to begin a great transformation. The kitten looses contrast and its coat takes on a dull appearance. The undercoat becomes more prominent in the weeks to come and continues to change color(becoming more beautiful) until the cat is about a year old.
Here are pictures of my cat Sadie to show you how a kittens' coat and spots develop.
What are Bengal "fuzzies?"
Four weeks old
(Some kittens, not all will start to show rosettes.)
Six weeks old
(Guard hairs are getting longer and coat is losing contrast)
Eight weeks old
(Very fuzzy and dull here. Her tail is not puffed up right there. That's how long the guard hairs got on it.)
Four months old
(Getting much better!)
Eight months old
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