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Hi all,

Happy New Year!

I am new to this site and wanted to see if anyone has any thoughts on our cat's coloring. I have never seen another like him, and our vet also says he is quite unusual. His name is Neptune and he's getting to be an older gent these days.

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Karen


 

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He is adorable! He does have an unusual coat. I've never seen another cat that looks just like that. I love his pink nose and white whisker pads.
 

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AWW I WANNA STEEL HIM HE IS SOOO CUTE:) thats a compliment :)

and why does one of his pics have orange on it?
 
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Wow he is beautiful and his marking are very different. Very pretty cat and love his name
 

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I'll bet the orange is sunlight coming from that side.

That is a very unusual coloring, I have to say.  Would you call it "merle?"  Has he always been that color?
 
 
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Thanks all for the compliments! Yes, the orange color on his left side is just a reflection from a nearby cabinet.

I don't really know what to call his coloring. His fur has always been salt-and-pepper, but his appearance has really changed over the years. I'm uploading 3 photos we took right after we adopted him in 2001 (when he was at least 1 year old). He was much darker then and has gotten gradually lighter since - except for his nose, which is now almost entirely black (which you can see in the last photo). The white splotch on his tail has also disappeared, for the most part. It's strange to view these photos at the same time, he looks so different. We of course realized that his appearance was changing, but it's hard to appreciate how much without looking at the photos. He doesn't even look like the same cat, really.





 

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Omg I think he has vitiligo were black people or animals slowly turn white its a pigment mutation
 
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That is an interesting thought indeed! I don't know much (really anything) about that condition. Does it always involve loss of dark pigment over time, or can it go the other way too? I ask because one thing I have noticed about Neptune is that while overall his fur has gotten much lighter, there are two places he has gotten darker. One is his nose. When we got him in 2001 it was entirely pink, but now it is almost entirely black (just a little spot of pink left in it - this can be viewed in the picture of Neptune sitting on the wooden steps, which was taken a couple days ago). The white "splotch" on his tail has also been greatly reduced over time. It's really obvious in the early pictures, but is hardly noticeable in the other recent photo, where Neptune is standing on a green patterned carpet. At any rate he's definitely got something unusual going on with his coloration!
 

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Vitiligo makes the affected areas totally white---no pigment at all, it doesn't make them lighter colored like that. I'd guess that it's some kind of wacky mutation of the pointed/snowshoe gene.
 

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Yeah, he does kind of look "reverse pointed" in his younger photos, with the colors switching (darker areas getting lighter, lighter areas getting darker) as he gets older. Of course that still does not explain the salt and pepper in his fur.

I'm GUESSING though as I am no expert, but perhaps he does have some weird color gene mutation....

Either way, lovely fella!
 

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This link might have the answer. It does mention vitiligo, but about a third of the way down it shows a brindled black and white cat, and says it could be caused either by a genetic mutation that prevents red pigment from being produced, or it could be that the cat is a chimera.
 

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Is it possible to have a pure domestic cat, that, is silver ticked/silver tipped/grizzled like in Jungle cat hybrids (Chausies)? If so, that would be a highly grizzled cat. I have NEVER seen a pure domestic cat like that. I really really LOVE that pattern
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Wow, ive never seen that either. Cats rarely change color as it is, that is such a dramatic change! :O
 

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Wow what a beautiful cat
 Never saw 1 like it!!
 

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I would have said fever coat, but I doubt he could have had a fever for all of his life.

Maybe you could post another set of pics in the Breeders' Forum? They're very knowledgeable on coat colors and might have some more ideas.
 
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