Russian Blue going bronze - anyone know why?

(57 Posts)
MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Tue 14-Jun-16 19:15:01

I have two Russian Blues that are just recently turned two. They are brothers from the same litter but the bigger and more dominant one has turned a sort of bronze colour in places but particularly on his shoulders. I've goggled it but can't see anything where other people have had this happen. Anyone have any idea what might be going on? Photos attached so you can see them side by side for comparison.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 14-Jun-16 19:31:39

No idea, I'd be down the vets though. They aren't meant to change colour.

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Tue 14-Jun-16 19:37:16

I have been thinking that too but thought I might be over reacting. sad he seems very well in himself and is eating, sleeping and playing normally. Think I might speak to vet tomorrow.

Wolfiefan Tue 14-Jun-16 19:41:13

He looks skinnier than the other cat. Worth checking out. We did have a Burmese who changed colour in the sun (and when she toasted herself by the fire!)

CurlsLDN Tue 14-Jun-16 19:43:10

There was a thread on here recently about black cats turning 'rusty', it was due to a vitamin deficiency

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Tue 14-Jun-16 19:47:37

He's about a kilo heavier than his brother, there's not been any weight loss at all. Both have put on weight since we got them about 8 months ago.

I did read that some cats fur can get sun lightened like our hair but it's not exactly been that sunny over the last few months so again don't think that's it.

Thanks for replying, it's made me feel less stupid about taking him to the vet. He's such a lovely gentle and friendly cat, we'd all be devastated if there was anything seriously wrong with him.

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Tue 14-Jun-16 19:49:08

I'll look up the vitamin thing, they both eat the same food though. Although I guess it's the same as humans and we react differently to the same things.

Wolfiefan Tue 14-Jun-16 19:49:16

He may weigh more but the space between his back and front legs looks much skinnier (may be the picture) He has a chunky tail but a skinny body.
Hoping it is simple and he's fine.

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Tue 14-Jun-16 19:57:57

You're right, that does look like he's skinnier but I think it's just the pic. I'm hoping it's just a weird fur thing, some genetic throw back. He looks almost Siamesey in this photo.

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Tue 14-Jun-16 19:59:26

I've just realised he may be slowly camouflaging himself into my sofa!

Wolfiefan Tue 14-Jun-16 20:00:20

And he looks happy. We had two Burmese and they were very different colours. Best to get him checked though.

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Tue 14-Jun-16 20:11:34

He is a happy cat, so easy going with the DCs despite their sometimes slightly over enthusiastic love and affection! I'm definitely going to ring the vet in the morning and see if they can see him.

cozietoesie Tue 14-Jun-16 20:29:57

I'd have to guess that his personal system is lacking in some nutrient/vitamin so I think I'd be having a word with the vet as well.

Have you contacted the breeder/breed association in case they've come across it before?

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Tue 14-Jun-16 20:35:40

Not yet cozietoesie, I did google it specifically for the breed but all the websites talk about their very specific colouring (which he used to have and his brother still has). If the vet doesn't know what to do I will try and contact them.

cozietoesie Tue 14-Jun-16 20:42:32

Good luck. He's a lovely boy. smile

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Tue 14-Jun-16 20:44:41

Thank you smile. I'll update when I've spoken to the vet.

Foxyspook Tue 14-Jun-16 22:49:31

My blue italian greyhound gets rusty bits in the sun,

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Wed 15-Jun-16 08:44:54

It's sort of spreading all over Foxyspook, started on his shoulders but seems to be getting more abundant.

I have called the vet and have an appointment for 9.45.

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Wed 15-Jun-16 10:44:09

So, the vet thinks he's fine and isn't concerned although she's as confused about the colour change as me! He's a good weight, he has good gums and eyes and is alert and happy. She doesn't think it's a vitamin deficiency because he looks so healthy. She wondered whether it was sunlight but he really doesn't sit in it that much. Another slightly throw away comment was the possibility of carrot in his food giving him too much carotene but it was more of a thinking out loud comment. His food does have carrot in, and cranberries and tomatoes - maybe I'm turning him ginger through food! confused I may move him over to a different food to see if it makes any difference.

But, I'm less concerned about his well being now she has given him the once over.

marmiteloversunite Wed 15-Jun-16 10:51:43

I have a Russian blue and he often has a reddish tinge in the summer. I thought it was just red soil dust as I live in Devon. hmm
Now I will keep an eye on it as it is probably sun damage.

marmiteloversunite Wed 15-Jun-16 10:53:06

Here's my boy.

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Wed 15-Jun-16 12:16:25

He's gorgeous Marmite!

Glad to hear that mine isn't the only one to get this, although his brother hasn't changed colour at all. I've sent a message to the RBBA to see if they have any advice and will let you know if they reply.

This photo attached shows what his fur was like a few months ago (and also a gratuitous one of the boys having a cuddle together just because!)

Wolfiefan Wed 15-Jun-16 12:20:16

Glad the vet isn't worried. Did they do bloods?
Gorgeous cats.

cozietoesie Wed 15-Jun-16 12:26:08

I was wondering about tests myself.

MyCatIsTryingToKillMe Wed 15-Jun-16 12:33:49

No, she gave him a check over - body, teeth, eyes etc. weighed him and played with him a bit but seemed completely satisfied that he was healthy. I forgot to ask about blood tests, probably because I was so relieved she thought he was fine.

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