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Do Savannah Cats Get A Winter Coat?

Savannah cats are such interesting breeds, as they have fun personality traits that hint at both their domesticated and serval ancestors. These types of cats can come in various shades and spots, but it’s important to understand the basics of their coats, if they shed, and if they get a winter coat.

Like many other cats, Savannahs do get a winter coat. This results in them shedding their coats when needed, but Savannahs are known to actually shed quite a low amount when compared to other cats. With proper care (such as brushing them often), shedding can be reduced immensely.

Because Savannah cats don’t shed as much as other cat breeds, they are considered great pets for those who have allergies. With proper care and attention, as well as a deep understanding of Savannah coats, you can keep your Savannah’s shedding to a bare minimum.

What Changes Does A Savannah Cat’s Coat Go Through?

Low Shedding

All cats shed their fur at some point. While Savannahs may have serval ancestors, they still must go through this natural process. So, an adult Savannah cat will go through the annual cycle of shedding their coats when needed. However, Savannahs are considered to be low shedding cats, so they naturally don’t shed as much as other breeds do.

Annual shedding isn’t the only thing that Savannah cats go through. In fact, their coats go through a long process of change from the time they’re kittens up until they have their regular adult coat. A Savannah kitten can go through different “fuzzy” stages, where their coat seems very fuzzy and sometimes frizzy, from birth until they are about six months old.

Fuzzy Kittens

Their coats aren’t only frizzy. Until they are about six to eight weeks old, Savannahs’ coats can seem darker than normal. This is because the spots of their coats will seem quite close together, giving them a darker coat than normal. However, once they reach that six to eight-week-old date, their coats will even out and the spots will have more room, giving them that usual Savannah spotted coat.

When many people see baby Savannah cats, they’re struck by their fuzzy coats. But don’t worry! Savannahs, once they surpass six months, will slowly adapt and grow into their adult coat, which is beautiful and similar to what you see in photos of these wonderful cats. We all have our awkward years — and so do Savannah cats!

Adult Coats

Once a Savannah cat has their adult coat, it pretty much stays the same for the rest of their life. Of course, Savannahs go through normal annual changes just like other cats. They grow a winter coat and then shed it in the summer. But as they’re low shedding cats, it can be much easier to handle their shedding than other pets.

Why Do Savannah Cats Get A Winter Coat?

Keeping Warm

Savannah cats, like most cat breeds, grow a winter coat when it gets colder. This is their natural response to keep warm. Then, once the summer rolls around and the temperature rises, they shed this winter coat to keep cool. Many cats naturally do this, and Savannahs are no different in this regard.

However, they do differ in how much they shed. As we’ve discussed above, Savannah cats do shed their winter coat, but they don’t shed as much as other cats normally do. This is why so many people consider them wonderful cats to have if you have allergies, as you can have fewer allergy flare-ups with cats who shed less.

Indoor & Outdoor

Cats growing a winter coat also has to do with the amount of sunlight they’re getting. So, indoor cats can sometimes grow a smaller winter coat than outdoor ones that get a ton of natural sunlight. But again, regardless of whether your Savannah is always indoors or outdoors, they naturally just shed less than your average cat!

If you’re looking to keep your Savannah cat’s shedding down to the bare minimum, it’s important to try to brush them every day. Now, this can be easier said than done. Savannah cats tend to be energetic animals and not exactly lap cats. Getting them to not run away from you as you brush them can be a hassle. However, consistent brushing can greatly help keep their shedding down!

Grooming Gloves

Using a grooming glove, rather than your average cat brush, can also be really beneficial. It might even be easier for you to groom your cat with this type of glove, rather than a brush. Cats love when they’re being petted, and these gloves are great ways to both groom and pet your Savannah!

Finally, brushing is also great to circulate your cat’s blood flow naturally. Savannah cats are always going to get a winter coat, just like they’re always going to shed it once summer comes. But, if you’re looking to keep the shedding under control, brushing your cat is a great way to go!

Do Savannah Kittens Get A Winter Coat?

Fuzzy Periods

Savannah kittens go through a pretty interesting coat development, which we discussed above. Basically, from the time a kitten is born to when they reach six months of age, they’ll go through different periods of fuzziness. Many Savannah breeders and owners joke that this period isn’t a great time to photograph Savannahs, as their coats are all out of whack.

Through this natural fuzzy phase, Savannah kittens can shed their coats just like adult Savannahs do. However, this period of their lives differs in that their fur is not the fur that they will have when they are adults. Their coats change in this six-month period from being very soft and fuzzy to very long and fuzzy.

Settling Down

Finally, once Savannahs are done with their crazy growth spurts, their coats settle down a bit and the cats settle into their vibrant, beautiful coats that we all normally associate with Savannahs. When they get out of their fuzzy phase, they become the Savannahs we all know. But that’s not to say that their awkward growing phase isn’t cute in its own way!

So, just like other domesticated kittens, Savannah cats can shed their coats. However, Savannah kittens are more focused on growing into their eventual adult coats, rather than their winter coats, so their fuzzy phase can take precedence over growing a winter coat. Savannah kittens still will shed though, and their coat changes during the first few months of their lives is definitely different! 

Don’t Worry

If you have a Savannah kitten that’s still going through their growing phase, don’t stress. Many people adopt Savannahs during the second phase of their fuzzy coat changes, which is when they have quite long hair. But don’t worry! Eventually, your kitten will shed this coat, go through yet another fuzzy change, until finally, they grow into their natural adult coat. 

Final Thoughts

Savannah cats, like most other cats, shed. They do this because they grow a winter coat when it gets colder and when the sun goes down earlier, and then shed it when it gets warmer and when the sun is out for longer hours of the day. However, Savannah cats differ from other cats in that they don’t shed as much as others.