Blog post by Shamintha Kumar, ‘Bruce Finds A Home’ Digital Content Coordinator
Bruce the Cat followers are fascinated by the kitten which changed colour from grey to black within a few months.
Fever Coat is a condition that occurs when a pregnant cat falls sick due to an infection, or if the cat is stressed during pregnancy. It can also occur when cats are put on medication by their owners without knowing that their pets are pregnant.
Fever Coat appears in kittens because the pigments have not been properly deposited in the fur. This causes parts of the fur to appear silver-grey, cream or reddish as a result.
Fever coat remains present for up to 6-8months in newborn kittens but eventually fades away. (Bruce’s coat was completely black by the time he was about four months old.)
You can see Bruce's transformation in the video below.
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Here in one place are all my cutest photos - including kitten photos from when I was tiny and grey, right through to pictures that show off my handsome new look as a house panther. Watch the video or check out the gallery below. What's your favourite photo?
Hi, I’m Bruce the cat! I was found on a footpath when I was one day old. Back then I was as small and grey as a mouse.
A few weeks later, when I opened my eyes, they were blue.
When I got bigger, I developed dark points on my paws and face. Lots of people thought I was Siamese!
But then something strange happened.
I got darker…
And darker! My fluffy grey fur turned sleek and black.
And then my eyes changed from blue to green.
But really, there’s a scientific explanation behind my amazing changing colour.
Kittens are born with blue eyes, but most don’t stay that way. At about four weeks old a kitten’s eyes start to change colour, and they don’t settle into their grown-up colour for about three months. (It might be a bit later for me, because I’m a bit of a late developer.)
But what about my coat? Why did I change colour from grey to black?
This not only had me stumped, but also my mum, my dad and my vet! I still haven’t been able to find any scientific information about this, but thanks to the internet I am pretty sure I had a condition known as ‘fever coat’.
According to the internet, if the mother cat is sick or stressed during pregnancy, her kittens can be born with fever coat. Fever coat makes the fur appear lighter than it should be for the first weeks or months of a kitten's life. In my case, I changed colour when I shed my kitten coat.
So there you have it – the answer to the mystery behind my amazing changing colour! If you have any information about fever coat please let me know in the comments.
Hello, my name's Bruce. Mum found me when I was just one day old. She and my dad are keeping me warm and fed with help from my other new human friends.