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Cats are always beautiful, and one of life’s greatest joys can be petting that soft, plush fur. Our kittens change their whole life and that includes their shiny fur. Sometimes differences in coat color can be quite noticeable, especially if you have a black cat or maybe a Siamese cat. A black cat’s coat can turn an attractive reddish color over time. And Siamese kittens’ fur usually darkens over time, which is why they have these cute little masks. However you look at it, a cat’s coat can get lighter or darker over time for fascinating reasons. Including one to watch out for.
Did you know for example:
The temperature can affect the color of the coat.
It is not uncommon for Siamese cats to develop darker fur as they age. Catster reported. But that’s not all – body temperature also plays a role, especially among Siamese, Himalayan, and other oriental races. As with all cats, their skin is cooler on their extremities – feet, tail, ears, and face. That is why these beauties have darker spots and these adorable masks.
This adorable Himalayan cat is a perfect example:
It also turns out that weather temperatures also play a role, as their fur often turns darker in cold weather.
Sun can lighten a cat’s fur.
If you’ve called a black cat your own, you may have noticed that its fur gleams a lovely red color in sunlight. It turns out that the sun can bleach your cat’s fur, whether it is playing in or outside your home. Resting in the sunlight on a windowsill is enough to redden their fur.
Diet also plays a role.
Sometimes that lovely reddish coat – especially on black cats – can also be a sign that something is going on with your kitten’s health. For example, a lack of tyrosine in your cat’s diet, a vital amino acid for humans and cats, can cause their fur to turn reddish. Tyrosine produces melanin, the pigment that darkens your cat’s fur. But other nutritional problems can also play a role. Again, these problems are most noticeable in black cats. Copper deficiency or an excess of zinc in your cat’s diet can also lighten the color of the coat.
Reddened fur is the main symptom of tyrosine poisoning, but there are a few symptoms of copper deficiency and zinc poisoning that you may want to know about. If there is a lack of copper, these are Symptoms These include dull, dry fur, patchy hair loss, and loss of pigment. The fur has a “washed out”, lackluster appearance. In zinc Poisoning, symptoms can include loss of appetite, jaundice, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and depression. These conditions can be more difficult to diagnose in light-colored cats, but they can still likely show the other symptoms.
Please note that each of these conditions have potentially fatal effects. If your cat has any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian.
This harmless state is pretty nice.
But we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention another condition that is pretty harmless but causes some unusual color changes in our feline friends: vitiligo, which actually affects dogs, cats, and even humans. It is very rare, but definitely noticeable when it occurs in cats. It causes depigmentation that causes a cobweb-like appearance of white fur, which is especially noticeable in black cats report of hills. Often times, cats that are affected develop noticeable coat patterns that usually begin around a cat’s nose.
It wasn’t long ago that we written about a remarkable pair of adorable tuxedo kittens adopted by Nicole Bohm in 2016. While little Rosie kept her black and white coloration, her sister Elli began to develop the coat coloration typical of Vitiligo a few months later.
As you can see, cute Elli is a beautiful cat who is fine.
But there is another character, cute Cole from our own CaMFam, who has successfully undergone cancer treatment with chemotherapy and radiation. It is radiation therapy that has now left him with very distinctive white spots on his adorable face. And he just couldn’t be cuter!
In so many cases, a cat’s coat is artfully beautiful and full of twinkling lights. It is just a pleasure to stroke them and look wonderfully at their fur. This is just another reason we love our feline friends as much as we do.
But there is another factor that can cause your cat’s fur to become discolored.
Your sweet senior is just getting older.
Like humans, kittens get gray hair. But that’s not something you would necessarily notice unless you have a black cat. And the fur of many oriental races also darkens with age. One thing is very clear, we love our beautiful cats, no matter how their fur changes or how old they are. Her calm, purring demeanor just makes us love her more.
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