fur color change

by Yarida Loya
(South Gate, CA )

My cat was really sick, around he's eyes and mouth he's hair color turned white.


my question was if their hair color changes for a reason?

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Oct 01, 2016
Missing black face NEW
by: Anonymous

My sweet Missy was a beautiful Siamese with four white paws, an ascot, and a dark black face.

She slowly started to lose her black face. This went on for 6 months. She had a good weight, etc, though I just kept a close eye on her. But then she suddenly began to lose weight very quickly and was ultra lethargic, so I took her to the vet.

She had severe hyperthyroidism and had gone blind! They didn't think she'd make it because she had gone down so quickly and wasn't eating, so I hand fed her for several weeks and gave her liquid, compounded methimozole twice a day, reading everything I could about the thyroid.

Thankfully within a month, she started eating herself and her black face came back. It was very black and beautiful just like when she was younger.
She took the liquid meds till she died.

In retrospect, I think that face of the Siamese cat is an indicator of on-going or sudden stress in their mind or body.


Mar 02, 2016
Adult Siamese male turned almost black at age 5 NEW
by: barnkeeper46

Our registered Seal Point kitten was exactly what the breed requires: very light beige and dark brown points. At age 5 years, he turned almost black all over. There is scarcely a light spot on him. We've had him since he was 5 months old and the breeder is no longer alive so we can't ask if the littermates also changed. What caused this cat to change so dramatically at age 5 years of age?

Apr 22, 2015
color change plas NEW
by: Anonymous

there is a protein that influences pigments in the cat. It denatures when it gets warm resulting in a lighter color.
Same thing going on when fox and rabbit when they change color for winter.

May 19, 2014
Brown face will return NEW
by: Anonymous

Don't worry, your Siamese cat will get its brown face back.

I didn't know what was going on the first time this happened several years ago. I thought it was just stress and fear, as she had been to see the vet.

Fast forward a few years to last fall. She received antibiotics when she had some teeth pulled. I, almost instantly had a cat with a salt and pepper mask. But within a few months, her face was brown again.

Now she has white hair all around her eyes after receiving antibiotic eye drops. I'm not worried, because now I know what's happening, but I can't wait for her pretty brown face to return.

Apr 20, 2014
Love Siamese NEW
by: Chris

I have been a Siamese owner for years. Currently, I have four and have my oldest has had many issues with the coloring of his coat. When I first adopted him he was almost a greyish white. This is referred to as fever coat; and occurs when the kitty has been very sick or stressed. Once the kitty is on its way to recovery the color of the coat will change back to normal slowly. I hope this helps

Apr 05, 2014
my 8 year old Siamese Sealpoint NEW
by: Karyn

Symin just had his first real cold. It started with sneezing then full on clear drool pouring from both sides of his mouth like a dog and he was breathing through his mouth. Got antibiotics and anti inflammatory from the vet and he was sick for a good two Weeks. Not really eating or drinking normal, sleeping in the bathroom on a towel bed we made. Now he is better but got those white/grey hairs around the eyes it looks like he aged 10 years!! I think they are getting darker or hope....my friend that has Symins mother said it happen to her when she was pregnant with him. :/ I hope it goes back to normal.

Feb 28, 2014
weird colour change NEW
by: Anonymous

My 1 year old choc seal point suddenly has a white patch on one of his eyes, I left home for 5 weeks and came back to a different looking cat. Any ideas why?

Feb 28, 2014
weird colour change NEW
by: Anonymous

My 1 year old choc seal point suddenly has a white patch on one of his eyes, I left home for 5 weeks and came back to a different looking cat. Any ideas why?

Nov 03, 2012
Siamese - Grey Face NEW
by: Misti

I have an eight year old chocolate-point Siamese, named China. She too had a dramatic color change in her face when she was sick last winter. Her normally dark face, became speckled with white. I took her to the vet and he told me that he had never heard of it being temperature related as that is what I found on the internet. He gave me antibiotics for her and sent me home. Shortly after beginning the medicine, I noticed an improvement in her coloring and soon it completely returned to normal. She now has a black face again! I assume it was temperature related and the medicine helped. I hope this helps some worried pet owners!

All My Best!

Sep 10, 2012
possible answer NEW
by: Anonymous

I was reading up on the breed as i just got a kitten. shes a bit sick from stress but it appears the Siamese coloring is temperature dependent. as kittens they atart snow white and as extremities cool the color shows in the extremities and face which is cooled by air flow.

Its entirely possible if this is the case that if the cat gets a fever the body temperature in the extremities may increase to the point of de-coloration. My guess is the original colors will return in time as the cat cools back down.

Jun 28, 2012
Siamese face now grey after illness NEW
by: Ellen Bee

Wow - I thought our case was unique, but apparently not! Our 4-1/2 year old sealpoint with a lovely black mask had a bad cold, she was really sick. The vet gave her a strong antibiotic injection. She recovered (most important, of course) but now her face has flecks of grey or white fur. This didn't happen anywhere else...just her face and whiskers.

I have no idea if this will pass - I'm just curious. I've had lots of siamese cats over the years, but this is the first time I've ever seen this happen. Could it be the drug???

Jun 28, 2012
Siamese face now grey after illness NEW
by: Ellen Bee

Wow - I thought our case was unique, but apparently not! Our 4-1/2 year old sealpoint with a lovely black mask had a bad cold, she was really sick. The vet gave her a strong antibiotic injection. She recovered (most important, of course) but now her face has flecks of grey or white fur. This didn't happen anywhere else...just her face and whiskers.

I have no idea if this will pass - I'm just curious. I've had lots of siamese cats over the years, but this is the first time I've ever seen this happen. Could it be the drug???

May 12, 2012
Same thing this week my siamese turned gray in her face after being sick NEW
by: Leele

Same thing this week my siamese turned gray in her face after being sick and getting antibiotics. Does anyone know if it's permanent or a sign of something?

Apr 27, 2012
Siamese NEW
by: Dee Dee

My Siamese is about a year old. The hair around his eyes turned white. He didn't show any signs of illness, and semms perfectly fine. Should I take him to the vet?

Apr 27, 2012
Siamese NEW
by: Dee Dee

My Siamese is about a year old. The hair around his eyes turned white. He didn't show any signs of illness, and semms perfectly fine. Should I take him to the vet?

Mar 04, 2012
Greying siamese NEW
by: Veronica

Maddie,my Siamese did the same thing after a uri infection,my question is,is your pets hair returning to normal after some time,or is it still white?how long has it stayed white?

Feb 26, 2012
Colour Change/Premature Greying NEW
by: Maddi from Australia

I came here to post a very similar question. My chocolate point is only 12 months old, so I know the greying is not due to age. He was quite sick and his face (particularly around his eyes and mouth) lightened dramatically over a short period of time (about 48 hours). I wasn't sure if this was caused by him being sick, the antibiotics that the vet gave him, or something else entirely? Will the colour change be permanent? What is the cause? He has recovered quite well otherwise - he is eating well, and playing with us and our other Siamese again.

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