What is fever coat?
Fever coat is a condition whereby a kitten is born with a grey or silver coat which changes colour after a couple of weeks.
There is no hard evidence as to why this might occur. It is widely believed that if a pregnant mother cat has an illness, or suffers stress, or is sick due to an infection, during the pregnancy then this may induce a fever coat.
Essentially the silver coat occurs when the pigment is not properly deposited in the fur coat. This gives the fur coat a silver sheen.
How long does fever coat last?
There is no strict timeline for the change in colour from fever coat to final fur coat.
Reading online the fever coat can disappear from 1 month to 9 months. once the fever coat disappears the final fur coat is revealed.
Can Maine Coon kittens be born with a fever coat?
Yes they can. In fact that is what happened with one of our kittens. I have included the photos of this kitten’s development.