Nicole from Germany found Ellie and her sister at a local farm when they were 4-month-old kittens.
Their state of health required immediate medical attention.
“They were not needed by anyone, they suffered from ticks and ear infections. It hurt me to look at it, and I took both of them to my home,” says Nicole.
The woman was already thinking about getting a cat, but she did not expect to find pets in this way.
Proper care and love did their job: the sisters began to recover.
Both had a very simple black and white coat, reminiscent of a tuxedo.
From the very beginning, Ellie was incredibly affectionate and sociable.
Nine months later, Nicole had a vague sense that something unusual was going on when she noticed a small white streak in Ellie’s black fur.
“Before, there were no white spots in this place. I thought maybe the down was just stuck to her, and I tried to take it off, but it turned out that it was her own fur,” the woman says.
For a few more months, white tufts appeared here and there all over the cat’s coat.
Nicole took the cat to the veterinarian, hoping to find out the reasons for the change in color.
She was surprised to learn that Ellie’s coat pigmentation was disturbed due to a rare, non-dangerous disease called vitiligo.
Vitiligo occurs in about 1% of people, and in animals – cats, dogs, horses – even less often.
Pathology does not bother Ellie at all. Vitiligo affects only the appearance and definitely adds charm to the kitty.
A year has passed since Nicole discovered the first strange strand, and Ellie has many more white spots.
Ellie does not care about these transformations at all, she just enjoys life.
Ellie spent a whole year of childhood in a pretty tuxedo, but since then she really has not been recognized.
“She is very cute and her fur keeps changing every day,” says Nicole.