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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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chameleon cat!

So, I adopted an adorable himalayan from the Humane Society I work at, and at the time she was all cream color with chocolate points (minus a little white smudge across her lip) as she has gotten older now her back is a dark brown with another white smudge on it... is this normal for her to be changing colors? What causes it? My roommate also adopted a himalayan and he is starting to get grey spots on him!!!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 01:51 PM
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Re: chameleon cat!

Welcome to Cat Forum.
The most logical explanation is pointed cats' hair-coats are temperature sensitive, being darkest over the areas that are the coolest and lightest over areas that are the warmest. Your new cat could be getting a layer of fat, living in a different temperature environment than the shelter had, be under less stress and allowing for a lower blood pressure and more blood flow and/or better food is helping to enhance the colors, so the paler markings are more visible. The kitty also could have 'white spotting', which is just white markings.
Anyhow, welcome to the forum. Got any pics?
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 03:13 PM
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Re: chameleon cat!

Heidi's explanation pretty much covers it I think. In general pointed kitties like himalayans seem to get darker as they age. I think that's part of the fun of getting them when they're babies. Mine was already a big boy when I adopted him (animal shelter also), and I wish I had baby pictures of him.

But more importantly... I second the request for pictures! Is she doll faced or flat faced?
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