Do Siamese cats change color over the summer time??

by Charlotte
(Newberg, Oregon)

Gorgeous ChinMan's winter face

Gorgeous ChinMan's winter face

My 2-year old Siamese cat, ChinMan, has lost a lot of his dark brown coloring from his face and front legs this summer. Is this a normal warmer-weather transition for Siamese cats to go through? This is my first Siamese cat. I know their dark coloring is body temp related, so maybe the seasonal warmth also affects their coloring, and he'll darken up again once the cold weather of the Pacific Northwest comes back?


Thank you for your advice!

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Nov 05, 2013
Interesting NEW
by: Anonymous

I am a human that has this same genetic condition. It is a type of albinism. I found this because I was reading online to see if this was common among siamese cats, because my hair gets darker in winter. It is quite rare among humans so I don't have anyone to compare notes with but I'm glad to know that this is common

Jul 16, 2013
Darker and not changing NEW
by: Anonymous

I bought a seal point older female (I think 4 yrs old) in October. She had typical Siamese markings. Over the winter she turned chocolate brown over her entire body except her belly. It is now summer and she is not getting lighter. She is an indoor cat with a/c in the summer. When I bought her she was on a raw diet. I switched her to a high protein dry cat food. Could this have anything to do with her getting so dark? Thanks!!

Apr 14, 2013
My Siamese got darker NEW
by: Anonymous

I got my Siamese from the shelter, they told me he was about a year old. He was a beautiful cream color with the dark points. That first summer the hair around his eyes turned white. I thought he might have that pigmentation disease. But it turned to it's original color. Over this past winter his cream body has turned almost black! I hope it changes back as the weather warms up.

Oct 13, 2011
Changing colors
by: Anonymous

I volunteer for a cat rescue. We have a beautiful Siamese cat who is experience quite the opposite. She was very tan throughout her body with her semi dark points but now her whole body has turned brown and you can't even tell (except for her blue eyes) that she is a siamese. It's pretty interesting. That's what brought me here, I was wondering of others had experienced that.


Oct 13, 2011
Changing colors
by: Anonymous

I volunteer for a cat rescue. We have a beautiful Siamese cat who is experience quite the opposite. She was very tan throughout her body with her semi dark points but now her whole body has turned brown and you can't even tell (except for her blue eyes) that she is a siamese. It's pretty interesting. That's what brought me here, I was wondering of others had experienced that.


Sep 07, 2011
fading
by: kath

i've had siamese cats all my life (seal point) and the one i have now is the first one who has ever faded! it's pretty dramatic, too. last year, when he only 1, i even brought him to the vet because i thought he was sick. it's very hot in the summer where i live, and despite that he's an indoor cat with a/c, he still fades-- ears and face, especially around the eyes. maybe some are more enzyme-sensitive than others?

Oct 15, 2010
Thanks
by: Charlotte

Thank you Lynn & UnderGrad for your answers! I really appreciate your help

Charlotte & ChinMan

Oct 13, 2010
my two-cent worth...:)
by: science undergrad

hihi,thanks for asking this question as I was wanting to confirm if siamese cats' color do fade at warmer temperature..and indeed it is in your case:)
Lynn has the correct answer, however if you want to know more in terms of scientific perspective,let me try to simplify it:
Siamese cats have this temperature-sensitive allele,unlike most cats which do not.This causes it to produce the color coating enzyme known as tyrosinase to only works better at low temperature. Hence, that's also explain why you would likely see the black color at the colder regions(tail,paws,nose,ears) of its body:)

Perhaps, you might want to put it in an air-con room?

Jul 27, 2010
Siamese points
by: Lynn

Yes the points are temperature sensitive. Its the colder temps at the extremities of the body that causes the darker coloration. During the summer ChinMan may get lighter due to it being warmer. Its neat that during the winter the opposite will happen, he will get darker. Its pretty amazing and what makes the Siamese so unique.

Lynn

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