People can change the coats they wear, but can cats do that, too...?
Regular readers of my blog are probably familiar with the mostly-Outdoor cat for which I'm still caring on behalf of my late-husband's sister. He was originally named Midnight because of his jet-black coat, although she had taken to calling him "Gorgeous" a year ago, because he's such a handsome fellow.
His breed is Turkish Angora, which comes in a variety of colors as is the case with most breeds of cats. One of the common color-schemes of Angora cats is that they sometimes have a black coat with chestnut-brown undertones deep within the coat. The chestnut brown is usually only visible if one parts the fur with fingers and looks deeply into the coat.
Late this past autumn, I noticed that his coat is changing color, with more of the chestnut brown coming out from below and becoming more predominant. These photos show him outdoors on a sunny day but with indirect light, under the awning of a porch. He is definitely no longer just a black cat as he once was, but is two-toned black and chestnut brown!
I have no clue whether this is a natural progression in Angoras with his coloring, whether it is related to the weather we've had this winter, or if it is connected to his age (he is around 15 years old now). I am curious to see what will happen with the color when the warmer weather of spring finally arrives again. Instead of calling him Gorgeous or Midnight, I might have to rename him Chocolate Cat if the brown continues to replace the black. 😁
Regardless of his color, though, he is definitely still a Gorgeous kitty, and such a gentle, sweet thing as well! If anyone else has had experience with a cat's changing color, though, I'd love to hear about it!
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