Savannah kittens, like all animals, are born looking a bit different to normal adult cats. They have different growing stages, which vary a lot from cat to cat, so both breeders and owners don’t necessarily know what a Savannah kitten will look like.
A Savanah kitten goes through fuzzy coat stages, as well as other growth spurts, where their coat texture, coloring, and patterns can change as they get older. However, their coat will fully fill out and stop changing when they are around six months old.
Because of their hybrid nature, Savannah cats are incredibly interesting pets. Their fuzzy kitten phases and their many growth spurts make them very unique! To learn everything you need to know about what a Savannah kitten looks like, check out the rest of the article below.
Savannah kittens actually go through many different “fuzzy” phases after being born before they grow into their adult-like coat, which will eventually never change again. These fuzzy stages last from birth until they’re about 6 months old. While a Savannah cat will never fully mature and become an adult until they’re about three years old, their full coat will definitely come in before this.
Because of the different stages a Savannah kitten’s coat goes through, it can sometimes be difficult to truly understand what their coat color and pattern will look like. Luckily, right after a kitten is born, we do have a little hint at what they will look like as adults. For about the first four to seven days after birth, a Savannah kitten’s coat will be short, with the color and pattern clear.
Now, any visible pattern markings will be quite close together, so the overall look will change once the Savannah kitten grows into their adult coat. Therefore, the overall color and coat contrast will also likely change. However, these first few days of a Savannah kitten’s life is the first peek to truly see what they’ll more than likely look like as adults!
A Savannah kitten’s first fuzzy stage occurs between the first 1-3 weeks after birth. While a kitten is born with short fur, a Savannah’s coat becomes incredibly fine and much longer during these first few weeks. As we stated above, when a Savannah kitten is first born, for the first few days their coat is quite crisp and clear.
This all changes during a kitten’s first fuzzy stage. During this stage, their coat looks a little softer, and not very crisp. This is also an important time to really see how the overall coat of the color appears. For the most part, the lighter the base of the coat, the lighter the spots of the cat will be in their full, mature, adult coat.
After these first initial weeks, a Savannah kitten enters their second fuzzy stage, which is often considered to be their camouflage stage. This stage comes from their exotic parentage or heritage and is a great reminder that, regardless of their generation, they come from wild servals in some way.
In the wild, this is the stage where kittens can fully start to move around. So, to protect themselves from predators, their fur changes to help them blend in with foliage in the wild. A Savannah kitten’s fur continues to grow from stage one, so their hair is very long in this stage and can sometimes be about double the length of an average adult coat.
Because of this longer hair, the overall spots and patterns of a kitten’s coat can seem very blurred. However, don’t worry! They will eventually shed this long hair, which leads us to the third fuzzy stage.
The last phase a Savannah kitten goes through is fully dedicated to growth in all ways. During this third phase, almost all of a kitten’s energy is going in to growing to the tall height that they need to be and filling out. They have barely any energy to put towards their coat, and you can really tell. During this phase, their coat is lacking vibrancy.
The longer hair they grew from their first two stages begins to shed away during this third phase, allowing them to grow in their shorter, mature coat. Once a Savannah kitten stops growing completely, they’ll have the energy to fill out their coat and look like the majestic cats we know them to be.
Savannah kittens can come in a variety of different color combinations, depending on the kitten’s parents and ancestors. The color combinations of a Savannah kitten can also depend on the kitten’s generation. F1 Savannahs — which are first-generation and have a wild serval as a parent, rather than an ancestor — may have a higher chance of having a serval-like coat color.
Later generations, which only have domesticated cats as parents, can therefore differ a lot. However, for the most part, the accepted coat colors of a Savannah kitten are brown/golden, silver, smoke, and black. These are the accepted coat colors; Savannahs can also be different colors, though they aren’t registerable by The International Cat Association (TICA) standards.
Common Savannah kitten coat colors that aren’t recognized by TICA, but are still common, are snow and lavender (which is like a regular house cat’s gray color). While not officially recognized, these are still beautiful coats, but they don’t really have that “exotic” look that many potential Savannah owners may want.
By far the most popular and sought-after Savannah coat color is brown (or golden). The shades of brown can vary from cat to cat. Some Savannahs have a light tan or golden coat, while others are a bit darker brown. These coats also tend to have spots. The spot colors can vary as well for each kitten. Some are an almost orange color, while many are a dark brown or black.
Many potential Savannah owners desire a kitten with this coat color because it really does make them look like an exotic animal. With this color combination and their large height, you can really tell that these interesting pets have exotic genes!
The second most popular Savannah kitten coat color combination is definitely a silver coat with black spots. Just like with brown coats, a silver coat can vary in how dark it is. Some Savannah kittens have very light (almost like a white or silver) coat, while others have incredibly dark silver fur. Their spots will almost always be a very dark brown or dark black.
Savannah kittens with smoke coats are very adorable, interesting-looking cats. While servals do not have smoke-colored coats, this interesting coat color combination is actually still recognized by TICA! A Savannah with a smoke coat has black fur, but the root of the fur is white. This allows the markings of the Savannah to be seen, whereas it otherwise might not be.
Savannah kittens with black coats are, as you may have guessed, fully black. However, they do have a patterned coat, though it is often hard to see these patterns and spots, most of which are also very dark shades of gray. Therefore, they blend in with the overall coat. In the right lighting, you’ll be able to see a bit of these spots and patterns, though!
Just as Savannah kittens can come in a variety of different coats, they can also have different types of patterns. The most popular coat pattern is, by far, a spotted coat. These spots on a Savannah’s coat makes the kittens look incredibly exotic and very similar to wild servals. As many adopt Savannahs because of their exotic genes, these types of patterned coats are very popular.
However, while spotted coats are very popular and common, they aren’t the only type of patterned coat a Savannah kitten can have. Savannahs can also have marble coats, which aren’t recognized by TICA, but have become very popular for owners and breeders alike in recent years. Marbled patterned coats make a Savannah look very exotic.
Lastly, there is also a rosette pattern, which is also not recognized by TICA, but is still an interesting coat. All types of Savannah coats can vary in size and pattern, depending on the individual cat. For example, some spotted patterns can be very large, while others can be very small and uniform. Remember, all cats — and therefore all coats and patterns — are unique!
Savannah kittens are incredibly unique. After a Savannah kitten is born, they go through various fuzzy kitten stages where their fur changes texture and sometimes even overall color and patterns. However, at about six months, the Savannah kitten is done going through these crazy growth spurts — and their coat should even out and reveal its true nature.