I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.
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.
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!
Today I want to tell you about a really unusual condition which is turning a feline from a black cat to a white cat! This feline’s name is Scrappy, and he was born in 1997 as a black cat. A few years ago, though, his coloration started to change. Now, we felines get white and grey hairs as we age, just like you humans. And in black cats, it is more visible.
But Scrappy’s condition is very different than this. You see, his fur is changing colors. Instead of being a house panther with a few white hairs, he is turning into a white cat! This is a very unusual condition and it is called vitiligo.
According to the humans in white coats, vitiligo is not a condition that causes any pain or harm to the cat who has it. It just is a very unusual condition and it is very interesting to see. I do not know if it would be fun to have, because I kind of like my color. Turning all white would be very strange for me.
Scrappy first started developing white patches of fur on his coat when he was seven. It has advanced and has created a fascinating coat pattern. And it has not caused him any harm, as he is a perfectly healthy cat at 17.
I do not know if vitiligo would be considered a disease and I do not know if Scrappy is a special needs cat like me. I would say it is not in his case, because it does not cause any pain and it does not cause any harm.
But there is no question that vitiligo has created a very interesting looking feline. As long as Scrappy is happy and healthy, we should just enjoy the very unique pattern in his fur.