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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-18-2015, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Cat changing colors???

My friend adopted a sweet white kitten at 8 weeks old. The baby is now 6 months old. My friend woke up yesterday morning to see a black stripe forming on the side of its body!
The cat was adopted from a shelter and they do not have any information about her parents.
Can cats change colors? What's the prognosis? Will it continue?
She really does not care what color it is, and will keep it of course even if turned green...
But we are curious about this... thoughts welcome!


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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-18-2015, 06:14 PM
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With noses, necks, feet, the answer is related to body temperature, which can impact fur color as cats develop. More generally, temperature can change the vibrancy or shade of existing colors.

I don't really know about emergent stripes on the body though, thats probably something different. And white cats are, I believe, somewhat genetically unusual, so that could be playing into it somehow.
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I've read that some breeds of cats like siamese start out white and then develop their adult colors as they mature. Just like ArtNJ said- it is dependent on temperature and usually involves the tips. What color is your friend's cat? I've never heard of dark stripes appearing on the mid-body so that is a new one!
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I think we'd ALL love to see a photo of this unusual kitty!
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-18-2015, 06:50 PM
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That sounds more like some sort of dirt or stain, not a fur change color. Try washing it with some Dawn dish soap on a wet wash cloth.


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Pointed cats (such as Siamese, Ragdolls, etc.) change color as they mature, but an actual stripe would be odd. As doodlebug suggested, I'd first make sure it isn't dirt. If not, then is this truly a stripe, or just a bit of black coloring or a black patch on the side of her body? And do you know what breed the cat is? My Muffs (a Ragdoll) was almost all white when I adopted her, with just a bit of grey around her eyes/nose. By the time she was 8 months, her face was much darker and she developed several black patches on her body, which had never been there before. Those black patches remain today. I don't have "before" and "after" pictures of the patches on her side, but I do for her face.

Below is a picture of Muffs taken on her first day home, followed by a picture taken about 8 or 9 months later. You can see how much darker her coloring is:



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Our cats have had a black line on them a few times from the bicycle chains. We keep our bikes in the basement during the winter.

My Siamese has gotten very dark since her baby hood as has my mix. Both were much whiter as babies.
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-20-2015, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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That is odd. This is sudden?? Stupid question but has she tired washing it off?? Maybe it's soot or something else? I've never seen anything like that before - especially if it was very sudden.

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Yeah are you sure it's not a grease mark?
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