When David first adopted Scrappy, the little kitten was as black as coal. Years later, when Srappy’s first started to change color, David knew something strange was going on.
Say hi to Scrappy!
His beautiful black and white coat is certainly eye-catching, isn’t it? But he didn’t always look that way.
Scrappy actually suffers from a condition known as vitiligo, in which white patches of fur start to appear over time. It took 7 years for Scrappy’s condition to make itself known, but owner David is very happy with his cat’s new look. He thinks that Scrappy looks like some kind of “Nordic god” with the way he seems to be covered in ice and snow.
Scrappy is 19 now, but the image above shows him at age 5. You wouldn’t even know that it was the same cat!
Interestingly, Scrappy’s original black appearance was what made David adopt him. It’s a sad fact that, due to superstition, black cats are actually less likely to be adopted than others, and David was worried that Scrappy might struggle to find a home because of the way he looked.
Despite being very old for a cat, Scrappy is still doing fine.
“I guess you could say he rules the street and every other cat stays away,” David says. “We named him Scrappy because he picks scraps with other cats.”
He might look tough and get into fights with other cats, but he’s a real softy at heart. David says Scrappy is a very loving pet and has even adapted to live in peaceful coexistence with his owner’s new kittens.
“At first he was very hissy with the new kittens that came into his home, but has improved a lot over a month. He used to hiss and swat for them to move out of his way and now he barely does that, even sharing his food and space with the kittens.”
Scrappy has a real wintry appearance, but he loves the sun just as much as any other cat.
“He’s also a very vocal cat,” David says. “When Scrappy isn’t sleeping or eating, he can be heard meowing loudly because he wants to eat or go outside.”
He also has a favorite spot out in the yard for taking naps, and he loves to have his tummy tickled.
David wants to use Scrappy’s fame to encourage more people to adopt black cats. The idea of avoiding an animal because of some superstition about “bad luck” is just silly. Black cats are just as fun and friendly as all the rest.
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