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Hi, I have two black, medium coat kittens..
I've recently just noticed that they're developing reddish brown stripes..
Is that normal or should I be concerned..?..
 
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very normal for black cats to show "rusty" colors as they grow up. Pictures???????
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Oh okay..LOL..
I must be paranoid..
They're not showing in the pictures..
But when sunlight hits them, that's when the stripes become obvious..
How come they're striped though..?..
 
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Most domestic cats have some stripey genes, they just don't show up well on "solid" color cats, unless you look very carefully. I have a friend with a solid gray cat. When the ligh is right I can see he has tiger stripes of a darker gray. My friend can't see it and doens't believe me, but they are there.

I read about this once, let me see if I can find my reference, to possibly explain it better.
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I see..
That's pretty cool..
 
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yeah, and the skin and fur of cats is closely related, stripes can show up on the skin too. When my Tolly boy had to have his head shaved for a CT scan many years ago I discovered that his stripes on his fur were matched by stripes on his skin too!

I'll see if I can find that pic and take a picture of it with my digital and post it.

Angel and Wagner are very special and very lucky kitties!
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Really..?..That is so cool..Maybe I should shave Angel's leg to see if his skin also has stripes..LOL..

By the way, I am definitely looking for a new vet..The one the shelter has is an idiot, I think...

What are the qualities of a great vet..?..
 
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Hummmm... Nice question!
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Very nice information acerlt...
I am amazed to your information...
I like to see my cat stripes too...
But I don't like to shave him...
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