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Fever coat?

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by jess91, Feb 19, 2013.


  1. jess91

    jess91 PetForums Senior

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    Can anyone explain to me what causes this?

    Why does it occur, how it affects the coat long term and whether it means anything else health wise?
     
  2. spid

    spid PetForums VIP

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    It means that mum either had an infection while the kittens where in the womb or was incredibly stressed. Kittens coats have a fever coat when born but it fades and by the time they are about 6-8 months it has gone completely. I don't think it has any effect long term.
     
  3. jess91

    jess91 PetForums Senior

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    Thanks :thumbsup:

    Is it fairly common then? Would it/should it affect your (general your) decision to buy from a breeder, or does it just happen and it's not a problem?
     
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    I would like to know why a ped cat has an infection or was very stressed.

    It's much more common in moggies (I believe). But no, it's not very common.

    Without more detail it's hard to know.
     
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    I wouldn't call it fairly common but it happens. I wouldn't worry at all if it's happened a few with a breeder, but it if happens often it indicates something isn't quite right.

    I had one kitten with a fever coat in my first litter and that was also the smallest that had some difficulties in the beginning. He had probably had a rough time in the womb which inhibited development a little bit but he turned out perfectly fine. All the other kittens were normal in every sense and that's usually the case. You have this one single kitten with a fever coat and in that case the cause probably isn't an infection but rather one individually stressed kitten in the womb.
     
  6. jess91

    jess91 PetForums Senior

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    Thanks again,

    I'm not sure what has caused it. But I'm happy with the breeder in every other sense.
    Mum and Dad both healthy and in good condition, as with her other cats.
    Cats live inside the home and all kittens clean, good size and bright clear eyes and ears.

    It just was something I'd never seen before and wanted to know if it was a cause for concern. Didn't want to be naive :eek:

    :thumbup1:
     
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    SHould be fine then - what colour is he/she?
     
  8. jess91

    jess91 PetForums Senior

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    He is silver tabby :)
     
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    If you get chance i love to see a pic of his fever coat iv never seen it.:)
     
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    I just looked this up myself, I hope this helps:D


     
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    spid PetForums VIP

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    Are either mum or dad silver? Silver would worry me a little as if it's fever coat it will fade, so I would want to check it's genetically possible.

    GOt a pic?
     
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    jess91 PetForums Senior

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    No he's definitely really a silver tabby, in fact the fever coat is giving him an odd brownish coloured tint.

    Mum is blue silver tabby with white, Dad is black smoke.


    The only pics I have are at a few weeks old and aren't very clear.
     
  13. spid

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    SOunds good then!

    ANy pic is a good pic.
     
  14. Misi

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    I always felt that Leila had a fever coat when she was little. Although she's black, it was sort of greyish and quite course. You should see her now, though!!! What a doll, what a coat! Glossy and shiny black and utterly gorgeous :D
     
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    Sorry I'm new to this site and I'm trying to post a photo of my new kittens... I was told they have fever coat :/ Just want to know other opinions and if they too think that is what it is
     
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    post pics - will be easy to tell
     
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