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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-31-2013, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question Mystery Black/Grey Kitten ?

Hi, hope this is the right place to ask but could anyone tell me what color this kitten is ?

I've had black and grey kittens before but this is puzzling! Mom is a brown tabby who was dumped at my work place heavily pregnant but the whole litter seems to be grey/grey tabby.

So is it a dark grey kitten ??




Pardon the poor photos but they were born Aug 29th so I really didnt want them away from mom to long (and I'm sure she didnt want them gone long to!!)
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-31-2013, 10:52 PM
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Maybe a smoke colored kitty? He may change coloring as he gets older. One thing is for sure, he is a cute one! Please keeps posting pictures as he gets older, I would love to see how his color develops. Enjoy the little kittens! They are beautiful.
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Looks like fever coat to me. If the mother doesn't have proper nutrition, or gets sick while she's pregnant, sometimes you'll see this happen to the coat of black kittens. It'll grow out and the little one will be pure black as an adult.

A cat with the smoke gene will have white fur close to their body (the undercoat), and their dominant color on their guard hairs.
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I'd never herd of fever coat ! should I be worried about its health ? I've been feeding the mom canned food since I got her home and she seems healthy but I could see her being stressed with being abandoned for how ever long. I'm sure she was a pet thou since she loves attention.

Thank you for the lead thou! I'm off to research about it.
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It's not a big deal at all. The baby will be totally fine. It could be as simple as mum overheating a bit, or stressing out (by being abandoned), or any number of things.

It's neat to watch it grow out though take lots of pics!
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One of my guys from a foster group (Kricket) has this and at 14 weeks he's healthy and fine, hasn't had a single complication unless you count causing as much chaos as possible. His sister had to too, to a lesser degree. Both have grown out of it more and more as they age. Kiwi (the sister) is completely black now and Kricket just has some gray hairs. It was lucky they did look separate for a while though, because with three solid black kittens in that litter I needed some way to tell them apart. I'd never heard of fever coat either, thanks for the info librarychick!


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Oooh, this just reminded me of the colors on my very first foster kittens. Mom was a calico. Sister was a calico. Brother was a gray tabby. The third kitten (Twilight--this was before I started giving each group letter names) looked like "a siamese in negative" to a cat-rescue friend who had no other words for his bizarre coloring. Would he also be considered a fever coat?






He belonged to the shelter, so I don't know who adopted him, or what he looks like now.


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I don't know about fever coat for this little one...I just want to say he's a Cutie and I hope he found a forever home!

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The shelter called his coat color "chinchilla" which I had also never heard of at the time. I didn't have enough experience to question anything at all at that point.


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I found a few pics that should help out

Adult cat with the smoke coat:
Black smoke cat,Image Search | Ask.com

Kitten with a smoke coat:
Black smoke kitten,Image Search | Ask.com
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