Kitten with vitiligo slowly transforms from black to dappled fur

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Kitten with vitiligo slowly transforms from black to dappled fur



(Picture: Instagram/elli.vitiligo)When Nicole, from Germany, found little kitten Elli and her sister Rosie, Elli was tiny, covered in mites, and had infections.
She was also black all over except for her nose and paws, with traditional tuxedo markings.
Three years later, Elli looks very different.
That’s because the cat has vitiligo, a condition that’s incredibly rare in animals.
Vitiligo causes the loss of pigment in the skin and fur, causing white patches.
As a result, Elli has transformed from a little tuxedo kitten into a dappled white cat who looks like a baby snow leopard.
Nicole found Elli and her sister Rosie at a farm, and decided to take them both home.
One year later, Nicole noticed a tiny white spot on Elli’s back.

(Picture: Instagram/elli.vitiligo)She didn’t think much of it, but over the next few months Elli’s fur became speckled with white flecks. Nicole took the kitten to the vet, who told her Elli had vitiligo.
‘It changed very quickly,’ Nicole tells Metro.co.uk. Two years later Elli looks like a totally different cat.
Thankfully Elli’s condition doesn’t affect her beyond her fur – she’s in great health and, Nicole tells us, is ‘very playful, cute, interested, lovely.’
She loves to lounge on the sofa and sunbathe, and doesn’t like being separated from Nicole for even a moment, so follows her everywhere.
Take a look at Elli’s transformation below, and give her a follow on Instagram to stay updated.

Elli when she was adopted and nursed back to health (Picture: Instagram/elli.vitiligo)

A few months later, in August 2017 (Picture: Instagram/elli.vitiligo)

By October 2017, she looked like this (Picture: Instagram/elli.vitiligo)

By March 2018, her coat was even more interesting (Picture: Instagram/elli.vitiligo)

Isn’t she cute? (Picture: Instagram/elli.vitiligo)

Look at that little nose (Picture: Instagram/elli.vitiligo)

(Picture: Instagram/elli.vitiligo)

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She’s now almost entirely white, but her fur keeps changing (Picture: Instagram/elli.vitiligo)

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