Cat Fur Discoloration – Top 4 Reasons for this Phenomenon

When you first see your feline’s coat and find that your black colored kitty has a reddish brown color of his fur it is obvious to be panic-stricken. But believe us there is nothing to worry about. Just like human beings, your kitty undergoes several changes during her lifespan and this can take its toll on their fur too. There can be quite a few reasons for the discoloration of your feline’s fur, but thankfully there is nothing to worry about as most of the prevalent causes are quite general. Let us now divert our attention to the top reasons for this phenomenon to occur:

Temperature in the cat’s environment

There are certain cat breeds like Siamese, Himalayan and other Oriental cats that have the color of their fur in accordance to the temperature of their skin. So we usually find that the cat’s feet, tail, ears and face are white or cream colored with darker points. But skin temperature is not the only determinant in seeing the color of the fur. But the cat’s environment too can have an impact on the color of the fur. For example; Siamese cats get darker fur during the colder winter months.

Exposure to the sun

As a human being, when you go out in the sunlight your skin gets darker and your hair gets lighter. Your feline is no different. If you have a cat that goes outside there are chances that she might expose herself to the direct sunlight that will have a tanned like effect on her. This will lighten her fur. This is not a very big deal as a slight tanned fur will not affect the health of your kitty.

Nutritional deficiency

If the cat diet does not contain amino acid tyrosine it can lead your black cat’s fur change its color from black to reddish. Tyrosine is a mandatory requirement to produce melanin, a dark pigment in the cat’s fur and if the feline does not get adequate tyrosine than his ebony fur may become pale. If the cat is facing other deficiencies like copper insufficiency or excessive zinc, then it can also transform black fur of your kitty to light. Before giving any cat supplements to your feline, it is important to consult with your veterinarian because the change in fur color can also be due to liver, kidney, or thyroid disease.

Age of the cat

With age, cat’s fur starts getting gray just like human beings. But if your cat is not dark colored you may not notice the silver strands in it. The fur in Siamese cats and other dark-pointed Oriental breeds darkens with age. When Siamese kittens are born they have white fur, but after getting out of the mother’s womb, they transform into different color which continues till their lifespan.

Chances are that the color change that you are seeing on the cat’s fur is due to excessive sunbath or nutritional deficiency in the diet. But never take the changes in the color lightly. Remember, it is better to be safe than to be sorry!! Consult with your veterinarian by discussing about your cat’s diet and their daily activity so that he/she can determine the exact cause of the fur color change and then diagnose the feline correctly. Bear in mind, your end goal is to ensure that the kitty is free from any disease and leads a happy & carefree life.

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Post Author: Jesse McDaniel

Jesse McDaniel is an animal activist that raises concerns and spreads awareness regarding pet health issues. She is also a self-proclaimed pet lover who tends to support many pet shelters, assisting them with supplies and medical aide on a regular basis.