Cat With Rare Condition Changes Colors In Front Of Her Owner's Eyes
by Kassandra Herrera
A few years ago, when Nicole Böhm rescued a pair of black-and-white kitten siblings living on a dirty farm in Germany, she had no idea that one of the cats would eventually go on to ditch her traditional look for one a bit more interesting.
But that's exactly what Elli did.
"She had a tuxedo coat like her sister. Nothing unusual," Böhm told The Dodo. "The changing began about one year after birth."
One day, Böhm noticed something strange on Elli's coat. There, where her fur was once solid black, a few flecks of white hair had appeared.
"It was just a little white spot on her back," Böhm said. "I didn't know why, so I took her to the vet."
Turns out, Elli was diagnosed as having vitiligo — a rare condition which causes a loss of pigmentation, leading to white patches of skin and hair. Though it's sometimes linked to other medical issues, Elli was otherwise totally healthy.