For most of us felines, the color of our fur is one thing that will remain constant throughout our lives. Our fur may get a little lighter in the summer. And maybe there will be some white hairs or gray ones showing up as we age. But for the most part, the fur color we are born with is the fur color we will have for our entire lives.
One feline named Elli, who was living on a dairy farm in Germany, is different. Elli has a condition called vitiligo. This rare condition causes a loss of pigmentation, which means that a felines fur will turn white.
Before Elli started changing colors, she was a cute tuxedo cat. She and her sister, another tuxedo cat who was rescued by their human, were happy in their home. One day, Elli’s human noticed a white spot on her fur and took her to the white coated humans. That is where they diagnosed her rare condition.
You can see that Elli’s transformation is almost complete. She has gone from being mostly black to mostly white. Her human thinks this is as far as it will go. Even if that is the case, it is still an amazing one to see.
Elli’s sister still loves her, and her human does, too. She is only the second feline I know of with this condition. I once shared with you the story of Scrappy, who has since left us.
I am glad we had a chance to learn about Elli. She is a truly unique feline!