19-Year-Old Cat’s Rare Skin Condition Changes Black Fur Into Brilliant Marble Coat

Scrappy the cat

When you adopt a cat, you don’t expect for its fur to change colors. A black cat, in theory, should retain its midnight shade for the rest of its life. So, imagine the surprise that a man named David had when Scrappy, his beloved furry friend, started seeing spots.

As the cat turned seven years old, his fur began sprouting white patches among his previously all-dark coat. This phenomena was most likely due to vitiligo, a rare skin condition that causes this brilliant marbling in feline fur. Despite the scary-sounding diagnosis, however, Scrappy remains a happy and healthy senior cat who “rules the street” at 19 years young. “He picks fights with the neighborhood cats,” David told Meowbox, “and still comes home with a few scratches.”

Scrappy’s unusual fur pattern is immediately striking. He truly looks like one-of-a-kind, so naturally, David documents Scrappy’s unique beauty as well as his daily life. He says that his affectionate cat “isn’t the best cat to take photos of,” as Scrappy will often look the other way when the camera comes out. But, that hasn’t stopped thousands of people from fawning over him and celebrating his zest for life.

Here's how Scrappy looked before and after his transformation:

Scrappy the cat

Left: Age 5 | Right: Age 17

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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