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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:14 am 
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Hi, so today my flatmate pointed out that all four of Loki's paws have light de-pigmented patches on them. They are really obvious so I can't believe I hadn't noticed them before, I just clipped his claws yesterday! His nose has been getting lighter for the past year but I never thought much about it. Now I've seen his paws I'm wondering if he has vitiligo. Has anyone experienced this with their Bengal? Will he loose colour in his coat?
I was thinking maybe it's genetic so I've been looking carefully at my old photos of his mother that I took at the breeders. She has a light nose but not as light as his and her paws are black.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:04 pm 
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Quasar came to us with black paw pads. Somewhere between 10 and 12 months of age, they turned pink. They still have a few small black flecks but are mainly pink.

I'm not sure about vitiligo in cats. Quasar's bloodlines contain several snow bengals and his breeder says sometimes the pink pads of the snows show up on the BST bengals as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:48 pm 
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I've never seen it but I found this Vitiligo in cats

Vitiligo is hereditary but not noticeable at birth. The onset is usually in young adulthood. Affected cats develop bleached areas of skin that occasionally also involve the hair coat and claws. Most patches are on the face, especially the bridge of the nose or around the eyes. Color loss may wax and wane. Complete remission may occur but is rare. Vitiligo causes no other health problems. No treatment is available. Treatments used in people with vitiligo are unlikely to help animals.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:18 pm 
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Sounds like it's not dangerous. I'd never heard of this before in cats.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:04 pm 
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Grace was born with a dark charcoal nose. When she turned a year old it started to lighten in the center. It is now brick colored with a dark charcoal outline. Her coat continues to darken every week. She is about a year and a half old. Her paw pads have remaind dark.

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