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Posts Tagged ‘Sunshine Girl’

Rusting Cat

Posted by terrepruitt on March 18, 2019

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Yeah, it’s a real thing. Black cats can “rust”, their black coats start to turn a lighter shade, it becomes somewhat brown. It kinda looks like rust. According to Wiki the black fur pigment is fragile and cats that sit in the sun a lot “rust”. The black fur pigment is called eumelanin. Information on the internet also states that a tyrosine deficiency could cause a black cat’s fur to turn red. If a cat is being fed a nutritious diet of food formulated for cats, this type of deficiency is rare. I am confident that Teagan does not have a tyrosine deficiency, especially since she was so black.

 

 

 

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I have noticed her rusting in the past, I think that is why I noticed her total blackness recently. It took me a while to acknowledge she was a deeper black than she usually is. She is always a black cat, but as I said, it just occurred to me that she was very black with hardly any of the brown undertones. I say “was” because the sun has been out for days now and she and her sister are taking advantage of it. With the temperatures warming up to hot (for me) the doors have been open pretty much most of the day for the past few days and both cats have been parked in front of one of them soaking it up. I think Teagan might already be starting to rust.

To me the rust looks like it starts in the undercoat and not at the ends as does a bleaching of human hair in the sun.  I could be wrong, but it seems as if the brown is more visible when her fur is brushed one way or the other.

If the cloudy days are gone, then Teagan will continue to rust and get lighter and lighter as the days go by.

Have you noticed a cat rusting?

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