BENGAL FUZZIES

 

 
 

How Patterns Develop


Most Bengal kittens go through a stage we call the "Fuzzies”.



 

Like a wild-cat cub, Bengal kittens typically develop a coat that camouflages or
 mutes their markings (like the gray fuzzy fur on these baby cheetahs).




 



At about six weeks old nature hides a Bengal kitten's pattern with white tipped
guard hairs we call the “fuzzies". Usually between the ages of four and nine months
the sleek adult coat reemerges.  We are amazed at how much some kittens change!



 

I am often asked how a certain kitten's coat color
and pattern will look when it matures. 




 

The following are examples to give an idea of the
changes a coat may go through as the kitten grows. 

 


The following kitten at around eight weeks below (deep in the “fuzzies”).



 

The same kitten at around four months below.
 



 



The following kitten at around six weeks below (deep in the “fuzzies”).



 

The same kitten at around four months below.

 



 



The following kitten at around ten weeks below (deep in the “fuzzies”).



 

The same kitten at around four months below.
 



 



The following kitten at around seven weeks below (deep in the “fuzzies”).



 

The same kitten at around four months below.  Notice how
 the centers fall out of the spots to form “outlined rosettes”.
 


 


The following kitten at around nine weeks below (deep in the “fuzzies”).



 

The same kitten at around seven months below.
 



 


 


The following kitten at around ten weeks below (deep in the “fuzzies”).



 

The same kitten at around eight months below.