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Bengal Fuzzies

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Bengal Kitten Fuzzies
Bengal kitten after fuzzies

 The Fuzzies 

The term "fuzzies" refers to a phase in the development of Bengal kittens. This stage typically starts around 3-4 weeks of age and can last until about 12-14 weeks of age, although some cats may exhibit its characteristics slightly longer or shorter. Appearance: The kitten's coat may appear soft, fuzzy, and less defined during this period. The characteristic sharp and contrasting patterns (like the rosettes or spots in Bengals) may be blurred or muted. Purpose: Some believe this fuzzy coat is a remnant from wild ancestors, serving as a sort of camouflage to protect the young and vulnerable kittens from predators. As Bengal kittens mature out of the fuzzy stage, their true coat pattern and color will begin to emergeFor example, a Bengal kitten that will have a marbled pattern as an adult may look quite blotchy and indistinct during the fuzzies. Similarly, those destined to have rosetted or spotted patterns might have those spots and rosettes somewhat hidden by the fuzziness. The transition can be quite dramatic. Owners who are unfamiliar with this phase might worry that their kitten isn’t a “good example” of the breed, only to be amazed when their coat clarity improves post-fuzzies.The fuzzies are just one of the many developmental phases a kitten will go through. After the fuzzy stage, you'll notice more of their adult behaviors and appearance starting to shine through.Around the 5-6 month mark, kittens also go through a "teenage" phase where they may be more energetic and even a bit rebellious.If you're purchasing a Bengal kitten, it's important to understand this phase. Good breeders will often provide photos of the parents to give you an idea of how the kitten's coat might look as an adult.However, buying a Bengal (or any cat) shouldn't be solely based on appearance. Temperament, health, and the ethics of the breeder are incredibly important factors.In summary, the "fuzzies" is a normal, temporary phase for Bengal kittens, and many owners find it to be a charming period in their kitten’s life. As they mature, their striking Bengal patterns will come through more clearly.

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