Discussion in 'The Bar' started by zhukov, May 2, 2014.
Weird...don't know why
He's 13 years old and just started changing color. Like he should have gray hair but it's brown instead. This is blowing my mind up right now.
He's cute. His face has some human properties, too
I found an article--it said it could be bleaching from the sun or something nutrition based:
Four Reasons Your Cat Might Be Changing Colors
Is your black cat fading? Is your Siamese darkening? Hereâ€™s four reasons why catsâ€™ coats can change colors.
JaneA Kelley | Aug 2nd 2012 | 3 Contributions
[HR][/HR] Youâ€™ve probably seen cats who are clearly supposed to be black,but instead their fur is a reddish-brown color. Perhaps youâ€™ve seen Oriental-breed cats with dark fur on their sides and back as well as their tails, faces, and feet. Or maybe youâ€™ve seen one of your own cats change color over the years. Here are a few factors that can influence a catâ€™s fur color.
Oriental breed cats' coats can darken for a couple of different reasons. Siamese cat laying on carpet by Shutterstock
In Siamese, Himalayan, and other Oriental cats, the color of the fur is determined by the temperature of their skin. The skin is cooler at the bodyâ€™s extremities -- feet, tail, and ears/face -- which is why they have white or cream-colored bodies and darker â€œpoints.â€ But skin temperature isnâ€™t the only determining factor. The temperature of the catâ€™s environment can have a similar effect: My motherâ€™s Siamese cat gets darker in the cold Maine winter months.
Believe it or not, dark-colored cats can get bleached in the sun. If your cat is outdoors a lot, or if she spends her time laying in sunny areas indoors, her fur may lighten.
Feral or stray? Black cat in field by Shutterstock
A diet deficient in the amino acid tyrosine can cause black catsâ€™ hair color to change from black to reddish. Tyrosine is needed to make melanin, the dark pigment in cat fur, and if a cat doesnâ€™t get enough tyrosine in his diet, his ebony fur may fade. Other nutritional issues such as copper deficiency and zinc excess can cause black fur to lighten, too. Be sure to consult your veterinarian before giving your cat any supplements, though, because a change in fur color could also indicate kidney, liver, or thyroid disease.
lol @ animal neglect