a short, dense coat of fur that is soft and downy to the touch, not coarse like hair. In Bengals it is used to describe the single (as opposed to a double coat) short silky coat desired for show and breeding. It is the "pelt" coat that tends to be less allergenic than a regular double coated cat. Bengals are single coated while Pixie-Bobs have a double coat.
This word means, strictly speaking, any kind of skin (Latin pellis, related to the German felle, a skin, and the English word fell, now preserved only in fellmonger). The word is somewhat loosely used in the leather industry, but its only common applications nowadays are to sheepskins in two or three slightly differing senses: to the skin proper, to distinguish it from the wool that grows on it; to dewooled sheepskins, as a pickled pelt or a fellmongered; or in some countries to a woolskin bearing the shortest recognised staple.
"skin," "hide," and "pelt" are all the same thing and mean any untanned external covering of any game animal's body, but does not include a handcraft or other finished product; "skin," "hide," or "pelt" of a bear mean the entire external covering with claws attached